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The Czech parliament’s decision to pass a resolution condemning the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement as anti-Semitic last week is only the most recent example of how the panic over BDS has reached a fever pitch.
This latest round of attempts to stop public criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians began in Britain in May. Jeremy Hunt, at the time foreign secretary and running for the leadership of the Conservative Party, attacked supporters of BDS by declaring that “boycotting Israel – the world’s only Jewish state – is anti-Semitic.”
JERUSALEM — What two Democratic congresswomen couldn’t see of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip when they were denied entry to Israel in the summer, they can now see on their phones. And if they have a pair of specialty goggles handy, they can see it in swooping, pivoting virtual reality.
So can anyone else who downloads a copy of Palestine VR, an iPhone- and Samsung-ready app released Wednesday that delivers a 360-degree digital walkabout of the Palestinian territories based on the aborted itinerary of Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
Earlier this month, Mais Abu Ghosh, a student at Birzeit University in the West Bank, sent a letter to her family from Damon Prison in northern Israel.
“I love you so much,” Abu Ghosh wrote. “I am fine as long as you and those whom I love are fine […] You are in my mind and my spirit.” She asked her family to send greetings to her university friends and to her professors, “with no exceptions.” She added: “I am with another family now. All difficulties will pass.”
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A Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Monday morning in al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Authority (PA) confirmed.
Official PA news agency Wafa reported that a Palestinian identified as Omar Haitham al-Badawi, 22, was shot in the abdomen at the entrance of al-Arroub during a march commemorating the 15th anniversary of the death of Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.
“There were protests in commemoration of Yasser Arafat’s death, like every year,” Mohammad Badawi, a 28-year-old cousin of Omar Badawi, told Middle East Eye. “Then the Israeli army entered the camp.
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Two days of Israeli airstrikes against Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants have killed 24 people in Gaza, in some of the heaviest fighting for months that resulted in widespread bombardment and more than 350 rockets launched from the strip into Israel.
The dead included a 7-year old boy and two other minors, according the Palestinian ministry of health. More than 70 others were wounded, including 30 children and 13 women. In Israel, advanced air defence equipment took out most of the rockets heading for built up areas. However, three people were hit by shrapnel or debris.
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Eight children and a grandmother were among 23 persons killed in a tenth day of heavy Israeli bombardment targeting civilians, civilian homes and other infrastructure across the occupied Gaza Strip.
Wednesday’s carnage brought the toll since Israel began its assault to 220 Palestinians killed and 1,570 injured, the Gaza-based newspaper Filistin reported, citing the health ministry.
The latest deaths bring the number of children killed to at least forty-six.
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The Trump administration's bombshell announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank illegal under international law has sent shockwaves through the region.
But it's only the latest in a long line of unilateral gifts offered by Donald Trump to Israel since the president took up residence in the White House in January 2017.
Middle East Eye takes a look at how Trump has promoted Israeli interests at the expense of the Palestinians:
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Earlier this month, Fathi Ismaiin, 63, got a call he had hoped he would never receive in his lifetime.
Israeli forces had arrived in his village of Beit Ummar with bulldozers, and were cordoning off farmland in the area. His land, he was told, was being taken.
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Once quiet was restored to Israel’s cities after the deadly, targeted attack in Gaza earlier this month and the missiles launched in response, Israel’s citizens quickly reverted to a normal routine.
Politicians and the media resumed their nauseatingly familiar normalcy: wallowing in the eternal political swamp, the impossibility of forming the next government and incitement against the country’s Palestinian citizens. Gaza, as usual, will now disappear from the public consciousness in Israel until the next missile is launched.
In the much-battered Gaza Strip, life also reverted to routine: having buried the victims of the latest massacre, among them women and children, Palestinians may now find the time to remove the new rubble, amid ever-deepening poverty, while awaiting the next massacre. And it will come - we know that it will. The mass killing of Palestinians in Gaza has increasingly become normalised.
Yesterday the Trump administration said Israeli settlements in the West Bank don’t violate international law. That’s absurd. Among international lawyers, the consensus that settlements are illegal rivals the consensus among international scientists that humans contribute to climate change. As UCLA’s Dov Waxman has pointed out, the legal advisor to Israel’s own foreign ministry admitted that “civilian settlement in the administered territories contravenes explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention” after Israel conquered the West Bank in 1967.
But critics who condemn the Trump administration for disregarding international law are missing the deeper point. So are critics who condemn it for undermining the two-state solution.
(Jerusalem) – Human Rights Watch will keep documenting abuses despite the Israeli government’s expulsion of the Israel and Palestine director of Human Rights Watch on November 25, 2019. The deportation reflects the authorities’ intensifying assault on human rights. The director, Omar Shakir, will depart tonight after Israel’s Supreme Court upheld the government’s deportation order on November 5 and gave him until November 25 to leave.
Each Israeli attack on Gaza leaves more than dead and wounded, but numerous stories of human endurance and tragedy.
The most recent Israeli aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip began on November 12, when the Israeli government broke the ceasefire by assassinating senior Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu al-Ata and his wife Asma Mohammed as they slept in their home.
Since then, I interviewed many Palestinians who had family members killed or injured in the Israeli attack. They spoke with deep pain and sorrow.
Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets on Tuesday to denounce last week’s announcement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Washington no longer considered Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories to be “inconsistent” with international law.
On Sunday, Palestinian political factions announced the planning of a "day of rage" to reject the US decision, calling for demonstrators to gather in Palestinian cities and march towards so-called “friction points” like Israeli army checkpoints and areas close to settlements.
A student march launched from Birzeit University north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday, heading towards the settlement of Beit El, which is built on lands belonging to the Palestinian city of al-Bireh.
A major tactic that the New York Times deploys to slant the news about Israel/Palestine is to downplay or cover up racism by Jewish Israelis, including political leaders. That tactic is on display yet again in today’s report on Israel’s latest failure to form a government.
Let’s start with the truth; the centrist opposition, led by Benny Gantz, could not build a governing coalition in large part due to Jewish racism against the 20 percent of Israelis who are Palestinian. These Palestinian citizens of Israel voted for the Joint List, headed by Ayman Odeh, which came in third. Gantz tried to form a minority government with tacit support from the Joint List.
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Israel’s newly appointed defence minister, Naftali Bennett, said on Wednesday that the Israeli army will no longer release the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, regardless of their political affiliations.
Bennett spoke to Israeli security heads, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the matter will be discussed for the government's approval.
Bolivia announced that it will restore diplomatic ties with Israel, two days after the South American country's new interim government appointed its first ambassador to the United States since 2008.
The new government's foreign policy shake-up comes after former president Evo Morales was ousted on 10 November.
Israel has approved a new settlement on the site of a Palestinian market in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, prompting anger from Palestinians who blame a recent shift in US policy.
Defence Minister Naftali Bennett gave the go-ahead on Sunday for the new settlement, which would involve bulldozing the old wholesale market and could reportedly double the settler population.
s an integral part its ongoing propaganda, Israel, along with its fervent supporters and legions of paid and anonymous agents, zealously repeats and disseminates - in the media, on university campuses, in blogs and comment sections, at conferences and more - the same old, tired Zionist myths.
Propaganda guides and tool kits, such as the “global language dictionary”, offer ready-made arguments and counter-arguments to sell Israel to journalists and critics. Such talking points come with tips on what tone and rhetorical tactics to use, what words and formulas “work”, and how to discuss “sensitive” issues, such as Israel’s illegal colonisation and annexation of Palestinian land, Jewish settlements and the killing of civilians.
As Omar Shakir flew out of Israel's Ben Gurion Airport on 25 November, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) director for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories added one more country to the list of states that have banned him for his work.
But the culmination of an 18-month legal battle against his deportation has left Shakir more determined than ever.
"If Israel thought it could hide its rights abuses by deporting me, it miscalculated," he told Middle East Eye on Monday, during the London leg of a week-long European tour to discuss Israel's human rights violations and its crackdown on civil society organisations seeking to document them.
On 5 November, the Israeli Supreme Court upheld the Israeli government's decision to deport Shakir, after authorities accused him of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement - an allegation both Shakir and HRW have denied.