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Israeli-Palestinian conflict - a brief moment of optimism | DW Documentary

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Al-Nakba: 70 years of exile | Al Jazeera News Special

https://youtu.be/NOal8NhnIe4

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Life in Gaza: Palestinians' struggle to survive | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/SJkYV3NE52U

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Gaza City—The sniper bullets don’t come in quick succession. It’s not a barrage of fire. It is methodical, patient, precise. A single shot rings out and someone falls. You wait a few minutes. The crosshairs settle on the next target. Another shot, another body drops. Again and again and again. It goes on for hours. This is how the Israeli military shot more than 1,350 Palestinians in Gaza on a single day, on May 14. Slowly.

https://www.thenation.com/article/palestinians-engaged-in-nonviolent-pro...

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Israel’s defense minister is escalating his incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel, following a police attack on a peaceful protest in the northern city of Haifa.

“Every day that Ayman Odeh and his associates are free to walk around cursing at police officers is a failure of law enforcement authorities,” the minister, Avigdor Lieberman, posted on Twitter. “The place for these terrorists is not in the Knesset, it’s in prison. It’s time they pay a price for their actions.”

Odeh is the leader of the Joint List of parties representing Palestinian citizens in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. Lieberman’s attack on him had been prompted by Odeh’s criticism of brutal police actions on Friday night.

Lieberman has previously called for the beheading of Palestinian citizens of Israel who he accuses of being disloyal to the self-described Jewish state.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/lieberman-escalates-in...

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Today, amid great official fanfare, the Trump administration will move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the city where I was born, began my medical career, and which, like millions of other Palestinians, I am barred from entering today.

https://www.thenation.com/article/an-embassy-opens-a-door-to-peace-and-j...

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Israel has generated global outrage by picking off demonstrators – holding flags, slingshots, stones and incendiary kites, using burning tires, mounds of sand and improvised gas masks as defenses against heavily fortified soldiers armed with US-made Remington M24 sniper rifles – during weeks of protest in Gaza.

Now Israel is trying to spin away the damage by claiming that many of those killed were members of Hamas, and therefore deserved to die.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/50-hamas-membe...

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“You have made history,” Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, said to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday as the two leaders, flanked by a discomfiting alliance of far-right politicians, ultra-Orthodox rabbis and evangelical preachers who have declared that Jews are doomed to burn in hell, officiated over the U.S. embassy’s move to the contested city of Jerusalem.

On Tuesday, the world learned just what sort of history had been made. May 15 is known to Palestinians as Nakba (“Catastrophe”) Day, to mark the 1948 expulsion of Arabs from newly created Israel. On this 70th anniversary, viewers around the world recoiled at a gruesome series of funerals, as Arabs buried some of the about 60 Gaza residents who were killed by Israeli Defence Forces bullets while the two leaders went about the business of congratulating one another.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-as-mass-killings-horrify...

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Several students at Manhattan’s elite Beacon School told the Forward Monday they were supportive of a moment of silence held last week for the dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, which angered some parents.

An announcement was made on May 15 near the end of the school day, students at the selective public high school said.

Read more: https://forward.com/fast-forward/401618/students-at-elite-new-york-publi...

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https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-blocks-hundreds-of-a...

Many asylum seekers have lost access to their bank accounts due to changes made to their visa numbers by the Interior Ministry’s Population and Immigration Authority. Since December, reports have begun surfacing of asylum seekers who have been given new visa numbers without the document that they receive containing any reference to the previous number. Banks are now refusing to allow asylum seekers with new numbers to access their accounts if their identity cannot be confirmed.

Dozens of complaints in this regard have been filed with the Hamoked Center for the Defense of the Individual, which said hundreds of asylum seekers have been affected. Other aid organizations have received similar complaints.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/22/world/middleeast/palestinians-israel-...

he Palestinian Authority on Tuesday urged the International Criminal Court to immediately carry out a full investigation into what it described as the successive and continuing Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

Israel immediately assailed the request, which came a week after at least 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in protests at the Gaza border, calling it “legally invalid.”

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After an overnight hearing that lasted for nine hours, the Haifa Magistrates’ Court decided early this morning, Monday 21 May, to release the 19 protesters detained since Friday evening during the demonstrations in Haifa.

https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9514

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Facebook banned an advert paid for by The Electronic Intifada a day after it was approved and was running successfully.

The ban lasted for almost three days before the ad was restored without explanation.

This apparent act of censorship comes as Facebook is deepening its collaboration with Israel lobby groups and a pro-war Washington think tank to impose tighter controls on what people are allowed to see online, especially about Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/why-did-facebook-ban-e...

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Palestine urges ICC to probe Israel's 'crimes' | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/5CTpzDobdd4

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Bill Maher and Bari Weiss Defend Israel’s Massacre of Palestinians

https://youtu.be/dFWZbItcfVA

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Palestinian activist mounts legal challenge over Israel prison 'abuse' | Al Jazeera English

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VANCOUVER—Members of a national grassroots Jewish organization held a memorial on Monday outside the Vancouver offices of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), praying for an end to Israel’s killings of Palestinians in Gaza in recent weeks.

The gathering of roughly a dozen people marked the Shavu’ot holiday with prayers they said were from the Jewish memorial tradition of Yizkor, and criticized CIJA’s support for Israel’s use of military force against Palestinians.

https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2018/05/21/jewish-grassroots-group-pra...

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Military closed main entrance to two Hebron neighborhoods for six days

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Kalandia- A Checkpoint Story

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WE ALL know the picture from the books and the movies: a gambler sits at the roulette table in a casino. He has luck. A lot of luck.

In front of the gambler the pile of chips is growing. Higher and higher. Every spin of the roulette wheel adds to the heap.

When the heap reaches the level of his eyes, he could just get up, exchange the chips for money and go home. He winnings are enough to keep him in luxury for the rest of his life.

But the man cannot get up. Just cannot. He is glued to his place at the roulette table. And then his luck abandons him. The heap of chips starts to shrink.

He could still get up and save a part of his winnings. But he cannot. He is glued to his seat. Until he loses the last chip.

http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1527250202/

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https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-farm-terror-palestinian-vin...

The grapes are shriveled. The vineyard is dead. Reduced to a large, dried-out, yellowing stain in the heart of the verdant region along Highway 60 where the road runs past the town of Halhoul, north of Hebron. The “yellow wind” that David Grossman wrote about 30 years ago is a dying vineyard here. Two plots of land, with hundreds of vines that were slashed, their stems and shoots sawed off – and within a week everything here had withered and died

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Israel informed left-wing activist Ezra Nawi Thursday it will indict him for assisting the Palestinian Authority against a Palestinian land broker who attempted to sell West Bank lands to Jewish settlers in the southern Hebron hills.

Nawi was notified he will be indicted on the grounds of violating one clause of the Oslo Accords enactment law. The clause prohibits Israeli citizens from working for or with Palestinian security forces.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-left-wing-activist-to-be-cha...

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Israel’s high court rejected two petitions from human rights groups challenging the military’s open-fire regulations this week as several more Palestinians died from wounds sustained during Gaza’s ongoing Great March of Return protests.

It was the second ruling made by the court on Thursday rubber-stamping war crimes.

The high court ruling may be viewed by the International Criminal Court as an indication that Israel’s judicial authorities are unwilling to carry out genuine proceedings concerning crimes against Palestinian civilians.

Between 19 and 25 May, Gaza’s health ministry announced the deaths of seven Palestinians from injuries inflicted during protests along the eastern perimeter of the territory beginning 30 March

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/israels-high-c...

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The Gaza Strip will set off a flotilla of ships on Tuesday in a bid to break the 12-year-long Israeli blockade on the Palestinian territory.

“This trip will carry the hopes and dreams of the Palestinian people for freedom,” Salah Abdul-Ati, a member of a Palestinian committee tasked with breaking the siege, told a press conference in the Gaza City on Sunday.

He said the first ship will set sail on Tuesday morning, with a number of injured Gazans and patients aboard.

He, however, did not specify the first stop of the ship.

According to Abdul-Ati, Israeli forces twice attacked boats and ships seeking to break the Israeli siege on Gaza in the past two weeks.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180527-gaza-boats-will-attempt-to-br...

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http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israels-top-court-okays-demolition-pal...

Ignoring the pleas of European governments and senior US politicians, Israel's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in favour of demolishing a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.

Campaigners said the hearing was the final appeal open to the village of Khan al-Ahmar, located along a main highway that leads to the Dead Sea and surrounded by several illegal Israeli settlements east of Jerusalem.

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Freedom Flotilla foiled: Israel blocks Palestinian attempt to leave Gaza by sea

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Israeli attacks at least seven Hamas, Islamic Jihad facilities | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/d6nvCqYRmR8

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Will the Gaza truce hold? | Inside Story

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OH, GAZA. Strong as death is love.

I loved Gaza. That is a play on words. The Biblical Song of Songs says that love is strong as death. Strong in Hebrew is Aza. Aza is also the Hebrew name of Gaza.

I have spent many happy hours in Gaza. I had many friends there. From the leftist Dr. Haidar Abd al-Shafi to the Islamist Mahmoud al-Zahar, who is now the foreign minister of Hamas.

I was there when Yasser Arafat, the son of a Gazan family, came home. They put me in the first row of the reception at the Rafah border, and that evening he received me at the hotel on the Gaza sea shore, seating me next to him on the stage during a press conference.

I met with a friendly attitude everywhere in the Gaza Strip, in the refugee camps and in the streets of Gaza City. Everywhere we talked about peace and about the place of Gaza in the future State of Palestine.

http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1527857702/

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So, You Moved Your Embassy to Jerusalem...

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Daily life in Gaza: 'There is no future in this place' | Talk to Al Jazeera in the Field

https://youtu.be/FJPBh1YtvKo

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US' Nikki Haley isolated as UN proposal to condemn Hamas voted down | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/aiBRAGDGI3c

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US Ambassador Gaslights for Israel

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Those empathetic to Palestinians toil in unhappy corners of the internet, fending off trolls eager to dazzle with age-old vitriol. But decorated professionals recite the same discourses throughout corporate media, the veneer of respectability making them even more grotesque. Anti-Arab racism underlies defense of Israel. The racism isn’t marginal, either; it’s the lingua franca of American punditry.

http://mondoweiss.net/2018/06/defending-israel-actually/

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BASHAR MASALHA LAY subdued on a strip of grass along the beachfront promenade of Jaffa, Israel, the ancient Mediterranean port that was swallowed up by the development of Tel Aviv. The injured Masalha was under the gun of an Israeli volunteer police officer. Onlookers cheered the officer on, urging him to shoot Masalha in the head. Seconds later, shots rang out. Masalha was dead. Some bystanders congratulated the officer, but one yelled, “Stop it! He’s lying there neutralized, why shoot for no reason?

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/25/israel-palestine-aid-taylor-force-act/

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Netanyahu seeks anti-Iran front on Europe tour

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Argentina cancels football friendly with Israel in Jerusalem | Al Jazeera English

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http://mondoweiss.net/2018/06/activists-palestinian-protesters/?utm_sour...

At 6 AM today, an anonymous group of Israeli-Jewish activists, calling themselves “RETURN” hung photos of the martyrs of the Great Return March on the Gaza Apartheid Fence. The protest was done against Israel’s extrajudicial killings of protesters during the Great Return March, including journalists, medics and unarmed demonstrators.

The action was inspired by a call from the #GreatReturnMarch in Gaza for international solidarity. The RETURN activists hung portraits of Gazans murdered by Israeli forces, including the now-iconic portrait of the young medic, Razan Al Najjar. Earlier this week, Gazan professor Haider Eid wrote, “the slogan of the Great March of Return is “I want to go home.” Seventy percent of Palestinians in Gaza are refugees from cities and towns in Israel… It’s time for the world to stand up and act– to impose sanctions on Israeli industries until Palestinians are granted freedom, civil rights, and justice.

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Ramadan in Jerusalem: Fines for use of traditional drums | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/cM04qtaoL7Y

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IT'S FRIGHTENING. Unprincipled psychologists, in the service of a malignant regime, use sophisticated techniques in order to control the mind of a person from afar.

The term "brainwashing" was born in 1950. It is a Chinese word ("xinao", literally wash brain). Originally it served to describe a technique used – so it was claimed - by Chinese masterminds to manipulate the minds of American prisoners in the Korean War. They changed their unconscious mental processes and turned them into agents of sinister forces.

Many books and movies purported to show how this works. For example, the classic film "The Manchurian Candidate" shows how the communists take an American prisoner-of-war in the Korean war, an officer, manipulate his mind and give him an order to kill the US presidential candidate. The American officer does not know that he has been turned unconsciously into a communist agent. He does not remember the order given him under hypnosis and does not know that he acts accordingly.

http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1528467876/

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https://www.timesofisrael.com/spains-third-largest-city-votes-to-boycott...

Following a major Spanish city’s vote to boycott Israel, the leader of Spain’s third-largest party called the Jewish state a “criminal country” during an interview aired by a public television broadcaster.

Pablo Iglesias Turrión, leader of the Podemos far-left party, made the comment in an interview earlier this week on RTVE.

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Morocco helps mitigate Gaza health crisis | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/d_UdcNvlLPc

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ot many in the media are noticing, which is understandable given the burden of keeping up with Donald Trump, but in the shadow of Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, Bernie Sanders is dramatically challenging Beltway discourse on Israel.
Read more: https://forward.com/opinion/402885/bernie-sanders-criticism-of-israel-is...

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https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/lgbtq-filmmakers-refus...

Two more directors have joined the growing boycott of TLVFest – the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival.

This brings to 11 the number of artists who have pulled out of the festival, part of a growing wave of international support for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) in the wake of Israel’s massacres of unarmed Palestinians during Great March of Return rallies in Gaza.

Canadian Marc-Antoine Lemire pulled his short movie Pre-Drink, which won the Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian Short Film.

“We have recently become aware of Israel’s pinkwashing strategy, and wish to express our refusal to contribute to it, in addition to our support for the LGBTQ+ community,” Lemire wrote. “Following a protest movement of several filmmakers and artists in disagreement with Israel’s policies towards Palestine, we have decided to take a stand in favor of this movement. Especially with the recent events, we refuse the instrumentalization of our movie.”

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UN condemns Israel for 'excessive use of force' at Gaza border | Al Jazeera English

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Israeli officials call for snipers to target Gaza's kite flyers | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/bpiY73SHQIw

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After commenting on most of the episodes on the first Israeli Prime Ministers in Raviv Drucker's TV series "The Captains", I must come back to the one whose episode I have not yet covered: Yitzhak Rabin.

Let me state right from the beginning: I liked the man.

He was a man after my own heart: honest, logical, straightforward, to the point.

No nonsense, no small talk. You entered his room, he poured you a straight whisky (seemed to me he detested water), got you seated, and asked a question that compelled you to come straight to the point.

How refreshing, compared to other politicians. But Rabin was no real politician. He was a military man through and through. He was also the man who could have changed the history of Israel.

http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1529068676/

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Miko Peled: Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five

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Palestinian Medic Targeted and Killed by Israel at Gaza Border

https://youtu.be/joWHaShtCr0

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