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 Eid in Gaza: Palestinians celebrate under siege | Al Jazeera English

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Israel court decision: Palestinians in Silwan await ruling | Al Jazeera English

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Hamas under pressure after Gaza protests fail to bring change | Al Jazeera English

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/14/israel-destroy-pal...

Israel is intent on destroying the homes of the 173 Palestinians who live in the small shepherding community of Khan al-Ahmar, along with the school that serves 150 children from the area. Last month, Israel’s high court of justice removed the last obstacle to this barbaric act of demolishing an entire community in order to forcibly transfer its residents and take over their land. Israel has announced that the land from which these Palestinians will be evicted will serve to expand the nearby settlement of Kfar Adumim.

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https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/20/the-palestinian-tipping-point/

On Wednesday, 13 June, for the second time in few days, Palestinians took the streets of central Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, as part of a popular campaign launched against the financial sanctions imposed by the Palestinian Authority on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The hardships imposed by the Fatah-led PA on the tormented coastal enclave include cutting the wages of over 63,000 government employees, refusing to pay Gaza’s electricity bill, ending all spending on ministerial functions in Gaza, and severely limiting support to Gaza’s healthcare ministry and system, including decreasing permits for patients to leave the strip. The aim of the sanctions is to try to topple the Hamas government, in what many Palestinians, especially from young generations, perceive as a cheeky collaboration with the regime of siege and isolation inflicted on the Gaza population by Israel and Egypt

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's wife Sara charged with fraud | Al Jazeera English

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"AS LONG as in the heart, within, a Jewish soul is yearning…" thus starts the official translation of Israel's national anthem.

Actually, the Hebrew original says "the soul of a Jew", but the translator probably got it right. It's the Jewish Soul that was meant.

But is there a Jewish Soul? Is it different from the souls of other people? And if so, what is the difference?

FRANKLY, I don't know what a soul is. But let's assume that there is such a thing as a collective psychology, the general spirit of all the men and women who make up this collective – each of whom has a psychology of his/her own. What is it that differentiates it from that of other peoples?

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Over the past few weeks, protests have rocked the northern Israeli city of Afula, following news that an Arab family was moving into the Yizrael Quarter neighborhood. The demonstrators, who were joined by the former mayor of Afula, say they are “not racist,” and that they believe that Jews and Arabs should live separately.

https://972mag.com/the-color-of-racism-what-many-get-wrong-about-race-re...

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http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/west-bank-lebanon-jordan-protests--pal...

Under the same slogan, “Lift the sanctions”, protesters gathered in the occupied West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan on Wednesday evening to stand in solidarity with the Gaza Strip and call for an end to Palestinian Authority-imposed sanctions on the besieged enclave.

Israeli forces have killed at least 133 Palestinians during demonstrations in Gaza since the Great March of Return movement - which calls for the implementation of the right of return for Gaza’s 1.3 million refugees - began on 30 March.

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https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-more-israelis-are-coming-ou...

Last week, hundreds of Jewish residents of the northern Israeli city of Afula took to the streets to protest the sale of a home to an Arab family. On Saturday, members of a Bedouin family were barred entry to a public swimming pool in southern Israel because they had arrived during the afternoon hours unofficially designated for Jews. That was how they learned that Bedouin are meant to swim separately from Jews.

It wasn’t the first time Jewish residents had tried to block Arabs from moving into their city. Nor would it be the first time that non-Jews were denied access to a public swimming pool.

Yet those who track such incidents say something has changed in Israeli society.

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http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-photo-ban-article-1578539473

On 2 June, Aaref Jaber witnessed Israeli forces shooting and killing 37-year old Palestinian construction worker Rami Wahid Sabarneh. The incident took place just down the street from his home, which sits east of the Ibrahimi Mosque (also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs) in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. He filmed the entire thing.

“A soldier saw me film the shooting and he approached me, telling me to delete the video," Jaber, a member of the Hebron-based Human Rights Defenders (HRD) group, told Middle East Eye.

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Who Is Trying To Kill The Iran Deal?

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KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank — The herders are being herded.

Any day now, the Israeli Army says, bulldozers will arrive to wipe the West Bank Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar off the map.

For decades, Israel has wanted to clear a large section of the West Bank of several thousand Bedouins — who raise sheep and goats in the creases of the hills east of Jerusalem — to make room for the expansion of Jewish settlements.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/24/world/middleeast/israel-bedouins-demo...

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Save Khan al-Ahmar!

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http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/dont-try-stop-us-denouncing-israel-...

In March, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights hosted a webinar, "Palestine as a Queer Issue," which I had the honour of moderating. It explored "pinkwashing," a propaganda tactic used by Israel to falsely portray the country as progressive while presenting Palestinian, Arab and Muslim societies as backwards and intolerant.

Lately, I have given deep thought to the accusation lobbed at me and other activists that, by focusing on pinkwashing as an Israeli ruse, we are turning a blind eye to the pervasive homophobia and sexism in Palestinian society.

The accusation smacks of the derailing tactics at play when someone denouncing police murders of African-Americans is asked to discuss black-on-black crime - as if the existence of intra-racial crime somehow minimises the institutionalised racism of those meant to "serve and protect"

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http://samidoun.net/2018/06/take-action-to-free-khalida-jarrar-june-30-j...

Palestinian leader Khalida Jarrar, a leftist, feminist parliamentarian imprisoned by the Israeli occupation, has been jailed without charge or trial since 2 July 2017. As her friends, family and comrades awaited her release, they were instead informed on 14 June that her administrative detention had been renewed for the third time for an additional four months. Take action to demand the immediate release of Khalida Jarrar and her fellow Palestinian prisoners!

As Palestinians march in Gaza in the Great Return March, and as they take to the streets in the West Bank in the Lift the Sanctions movement, the Israeli occupation is extending Khalida Jarrar’s detention without charge or trial to keep this strong, powerful leader off the streets and away from her people.

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UK's Prince William visits occupied East Jerusalem | Al Jazeera English

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https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-democrat-who-slammed-israel-win...

A young progressive Democrat who has sharply criticized Israel, including calling the killing of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border in May a “massacre,” celebrated an upset victory over a leading House Democrat in a congressional primary race in New York City on Tuesday.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, scored a decisive win over powerful congressman Rep. Joe Crowley, 56. Many observers had believed he was a strong candidate to succeed Rep. Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House of Representatives.

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https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-birthright-participants-leave-t...

A group of five American Jews visiting Israel as part of the Birthright Israel program left the trip Thursday in protest of the program's treatment of the occupation and joined a tour of Hebron led by anti-occupation army veterans' group Breaking the Silence.

The group split off from the rest of the tour on the eighth day of their trip. One of those who left the group said that Birthright, the organization that brings young Jewish adults on free, 10-day visits to Israel, "is not providing the kind of education that we really need... and is telling a one sided story. This is not fair, and we deserve the truth.

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PRINCE WILLIAM, Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne, visited Israel this week.

He seems a likable person. He looked like a prince should look, did all the right things, said all the right things, and even ate a watermelon with our mayor on the sandy shore of Tel Aviv.

If the British had not left Palestine 70 years ago, William would now be my prince, too. I remember having a day off from school on his great-grandfather's birthday.

The British had obtained the League of Nations "mandate" over Palestine by posing as the protectors of Zionism (with the famous "Balfour Declaration). But they did not like us very much. The picturesque Arabs, gracious hosts by nature, attracted them much more strongly.

MY OWN relationship with the British crown has always been a bit complicated.

http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1530278887/

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FBI Investigating Pro-Palestine Activists & Stifling Free Speech

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https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-bars-entry-to-u-s-je...

The Population and Immigration Authority prevented the entry of a Jewish-American citizen into Israel on Monday night over her ties to the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement.

The BDS activist, named Ariel Gold, is known for her work on boycotts against Israel as part of Code Pink, a far-left peace and social justice NGO.

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The state of Israel is facing a catastrophic situation, which could, alarmingly soon, lead to extensive bloodshed. It is time for the international community to act decisively. Substantive external pressure – political, economic and cultural – offers the only chance of emerging from this impossible situation before it is too late. Not a sweeping BDS-style boycott of the country, but diverse, carefully crafted, acts of pressure.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/29/israelis-call-worl...

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Israel to deduct $300m a year from Palestinian Authority budget | Al Jazeera English

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Israeli forces assault Palestinians, prepare to demolish village | Al Jazeera English

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What Palestinians do you know? Let me see the contacts in your phone. Who gave you a visa to be here?” the police woman demanded.

“Your government gave it to me,” I replied. “The Israel consulate in New York City.”

This was round three of questioning in the Ben Gurion airport as I was attempting to enter Israel. About two hours later, I was informed that my visa was being revoked and I was being placed on a flight back to New York City.

Read more: https://forward.com/opinion/404719/israel-banned-me-for-documenting-the-...

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http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1530883940/

IN THE late 1980s, my secretary told me that the Deputy Chief of Staff wanted to see me.

That was rather surprising. The army command was not on friendly terms with my paper, Haolam Hazeh. For dozens of years we had been officially boycotted by the army, after publishing a story which the then Chief of Staff considered insulting.

So I was curious when I entered the Deputy's room. His name was Ehud Barak, and I had never met him before.

Our conversation turned quickly toward European military history. I was quite surprised. In general, Israeli military chiefs are technicians, not theoreticians. But, since military history happens to be a hobby of mine, I was glad to discover that Barak was quite an expert on the subject.

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https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/israels-demolition-of-khan-al-...

Israel’s forcible transfer of Palestinians from their homes and settling of Israeli civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories violate the Fourth Geneva Convention and are war crimes, Amnesty International said as it continues to monitor the fast-changing situation on the ground in the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar.

This morning Israeli security forces closed off the areas surrounding the Khan al-Ahmar community in preparation for the demolition of the entire village, including schools, farmland, a mosque and the homes of all families living in the village.

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Israel: Top court temporarily blocks demolition of Khan al-Ahmar | Al Jazeera English

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http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1531492715/

The State of Israel has no oil wells. It has no gold mines. What has it got? It has the ownership of the remembrance of the Holocaust.

That is worth a lot. Everyone who wants to clean himself from the stain needs a certificate from the State of Israel. Such a document is worth very much. And the larger the guilt of the applicant, the higher the price of the dispensation.

What does that remind us of?

FOR MANY centuries the Catholic Church sold "dispensations". These were documents issued by the pope and the cardinals, which allowed the recipient to dispense with religious duties or to do things forbidden by the church.

The most notorious case is that of Henry VIII, king of England. The pope gave him a dispensation that allowed him to marry a Spanish princess, even though she had a remote family connection with him, contrary to church law. But when he wanted to divorce her in order to marry the daughter of an English nobleman, the Pope denied him the necessary dispensation. The result was the split between the Catholic Church and the independent Church of England, in which the King (or Queen) acts as a kind of pope.

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Israeli air raids kill two Palestinian teens in Gaza

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UN: All-out war narrowly avoided after Israel-Hamas ceasefire | Al Jazeera English

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Israel demands end to flaming kites amid reports of ceasefire | Al Jazeera English

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West Bank students face uncertain future with demolition threat

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'Collective punishment': Israel blocks fuel shipment to Gaza | Al Jazeera English

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Palestinian school starts early to avoid Israeli demolition | Al Jazeera English

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An Israel law that divides and discriminates | Inside Story

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Israeli Knesset passes Jewish nation-state law | Al Jazeera English

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More protests against Israeli siege expected on Friday in Gaza | Al Jazeera English

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Gaza Killings: Who is to blame? | Head to Head

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Critics slam Israel's nation-state law | Al Jazeera English

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ONE CAN look at events in Gaza through the left or through the right eye. One can condemn them as inhuman, cruel and mistaken, or justify them as necessary and unavoidable.

But there is one adjective that is beyond question: They are stupid.

If the late Barbara Tuchman were still alive, she might be tempted to add another chapter to her groundbreaking opus "The March of Folly": a chapter titled "Eyeless in Gaza".

THE LATEST episode in this epic started a few months ago, when independent activists in the Gaza Strip called for a march to the Israeli border, which Hamas supported. It was called "The Great March of Return", a symbolic gesture for the more than a million Arab residents who fled or were evicted from their homes in the land that became the State of Israel

http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1532091114/

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Israeli forces kill four Palestinians; Israeli soldier killed | Al Jazeera English

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https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-u-s-jewish-chiefs-warn-agai...

American Jewish leaders, alarmed by the prospect of the controversial nation-state Basic Law, have intensified their lobbying efforts, strongly urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reconsider his government’s desire to pass it in the Knesset this week.

Jerry Silverman, president of the Jewish Federations of North America, was expected to arrive in Israel Sunday to express his organization’s concerns to top Israeli officials.

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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/20/after-warning-large-and-pai...

Just hours after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned that Israel is gearing up to launch a "large and painful military operation" in Gaza that would rival Operation Protective Edge—a 2014 assault that killed more than 2,000 Palestinians—the Israeli military carried out "wide-scale" airstrikes across Gaza on Friday following weekly anti-occupation protests along the border fence.

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Gaza resident: I am very worried about a future war | Al Jazeera English

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The day after: opportunities and dangers for Palestine in the Trump era - Ilan Pappé

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BINYAMIN NETANYAHU is a perfect diplomat, a clever politician, a talented leader of the army. Lately, another jewel has been added to his crown: he is also a gifted story-teller. He has provided an answer to a question that has perplexed historians for a long time: When and how did Adolf Hitler decide to exterminate the Jews? There was no agreed-upon answer. There were those who thought that it happened already in his youth in Vienna, others guessed that it happened after World War I in Munich, or when he wrote his book Mein Kampf in Landsberg prison in 1924.

http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1532698574/

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Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi freed from jail | Al Jazeera English

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Israel intercepts aid boat bound for besieged Gaza Strip | Al Jazeera English

https://youtu.be/5cP4w4LrbIg

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