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Israeli Statistics Do Not Give Real Number of Palestinians in Jerusalem The Palestine Chronicle - According to the official Israeli statistics, around 60,000 Palestinians live in Shu’fat and Kafr Aqab, while the unofficial number is around 140,000. Haaretz cited Maya Hoshen from the Al-Quds Institute said that the number of Palestinians living in Jerusalem is more than 900,000 or 41 per cent. Israel is fearful of Arabs in Jerusalem outnumbering Jewish residents due to political considerations regarding the Arab nature of the holy city, and pressures Palestinians to leave the city while encouraging Jews to move to it.-rh 24/5/2017
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Peace Now`s Annual Settlement Construction Report 2016# Over 26% (474 housing units) of the new construction was in areas that are east of the route of the separation barrier. # Nearly 70% (1,263 housing units) of the new construction was in settlements east of the proposed Geneva Initiative border. # At least 10% (183 housing units) of the construction was illegal according to the Israeli laws applied in the occupied territories. [bz]23/5/2017
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Memories of Nakba from those who survived itRod Such - Electronic intifada "Palestine Is Our Home: Voices of Loss, Courage and Steadfastness, Nahida Halaby Gordon (editor), Palestine Books (2016).These essays contain numerous first-hand accounts of the Nakba, the forced expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians by Zionist paramilitaries in 1948." ca19/5/2017
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Shouting Match Erupts After Trump Official Says Western Wall Is ‘Not Your Territory’Aiden Pink - Forward - Planning for President Trump’s upcoming trip to Israel descended into chaos Monday when a U.S. official reportedly told Israeli counterparts that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not accompany the president on his visit to the Western Wall. The American official suggested that the holy site is “not your territory. It’s part of the West Bank,” Israel’s Channel 2 reported Monday.-rh 17/5/2017
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Israeli forces fire rubber bullets at Palestinians marching on Nakba DayThe National - This year marked the 69th anniversary of the "nakba" or catastrophe, during which around 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their land, or fled out of fear. At a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah, dozens of Palestinian youths hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets and the foul-smelling riot control spray known as skunk. A Palestinian emergency worker said 11 Palestinians were taken to hospital, most of them wounded by rubber bullets. The extent of their injuries was not known.-rh 17/5/2017
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How Israeli schools help sabotage peace prospectsJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - A display of Israeli-style community policing before an audience of hundreds of young schoolchildren was captured on video last week. Were the 10-year-olds offered road safety tips, advice on what to do if they got lost or how to report someone suspicious hanging around the school? No. In Israel, they do things differently. The video shows four officers staging a mock antiterror operation in a park close to Tel Aviv. The team roar in on motorbikes, firing their rifles at the "terrorist".-rh17/5/2017
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Reviving the Palestinian cause Abdel-Moneim Said - Al-Ahram - But suddenly, the Palestinian cause has re-emerged. The beginning was last year when President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, in a speech in Assiut, brought up the Palestinian cause and urged that it not be forgotten. The general idea of his remarks was that as long as there was a search for a comprehensive settlement to the major problems and crises in the Middle East, then perhaps the Palestinian question could be resolved in this broader framework in order to realise stability in this region, which has been shaken and torn by a succession of military and political earthquakes during the past six years. Since then, talk of the Palestinian cause picked up again. The subject may not have elicited the same ardour and zeal as it did in the past, but nor was it greeted with the same coolness or indifference as had been the case since the beginning of this decade.-rh17/5/2017
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Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity Is Palestine’s Nightmare Ramzy Baroud - Countercurrents - The ‘Jewish Nation-State Bill’ is the latest concoction of Israel’s rightwing Zionist Jewish parties, which have dominated Israeli politics for years. With the Israeli ‘Left’ rendered irrelevant, or has itself moved to the right, the rightwing elements of Israel are now the supreme rulers of that country.-rh17/5/2017
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Occupation capturedChristian Peacemaker Teams - AIC - Photos of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron [ry]15/5/2017
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Israeli Police Show 5th Graders How To Kill Palestinian AttackersDaniel J. Solomon - Forward - Israeli police taught elementary school students how to kill Palestinian terrorists as part of an event on Monday highlighting police-community relations in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon. Using a dummy, police officers used active fire to demonstrate how to take down an assailant armed with a knife and then verify that the assailant was dead. Hundreds of fifth graders sat and watched the enactment. “Has someone there lost his mind? It’s simply stupidity for its own sake, this demonstration of fire,” a parent told Haaretz. “Can’t you bring a traffic cop to demonstrate how he gives a ticket to an offender - they have to see how to dismantle magazines?”-rh 10/5/2017
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Is A Jewish Group Funding Killers While The U.S. Slams Palestinians For Doing The Same Thing?Naomi Zeveloff - Forward - Last week, Israeli Channel 10 reported that Honenu, an Israeli legal aid group, has been paying thousands of dollars to Jewish killers, including Yosef Ben David, who was convicted of burning alive Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir. The Central Fund Of Israel, a U.S. tax-exempt organization that funds 300 different charities around Israel, supports Honenu. Following the Channel 10 report, U.S. rabbinic human rights group T’ruah asked the IRS to investigate the Central Fund Of Israel.-rh 10/5/2017
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Palestinian prisoners having difficulty standing on 23rd day of mass hunger strikeMa`an News Agency - As some 1,600 Palestinian prisoners marked their 23rd day on hunger strike on Tuesday, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners` Affairs warned that hunger strikers had entered a dangerous stage, reporting that health conditions were deteriorating considerably. The political prisoners are calling for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention -- imprisonment without charge or trial -- among other demands for basic rights.-rh10/5/2017
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23 days of hunger strike: Israeli occupation continues to impose restrictions on attorney visits Adameer - Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons launched a mass hunger strike on 17 April 2017, on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. The call for hunger strike came as a result of Israel’s policies and practices towards Palestinian political prisoners, who continue to face punishments by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). An estimated 1700 Palestinian prisoners announced the beginning of an open hunger strike. The hunger striking prisoners’ demands include: an end to the IPS’ abusive use of isolation for “security” reasons; an end to Israel’s practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial in administrative detention, under which 500 Palestinians are currently detained; ending denial of family visits and better conditions within Israeli prisons and detention centers.-rh10/5/2017
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Israel Must Meet Palestinian Hunger Strikers’ Demands B’Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said in a press release that Israel must meet the demands of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, noting that even if conditions are improved – Israel will still be holding in custody thousands of Palestinians who have had no fair trial, or no trial at all. B’Tselem noted that the hunger strike “is a non-violent protest focusing on several valid, basic demands for improved prison conditions…Israel imposes severe restrictions on family visits, and many relatives are not permitted to visit at all.” B’Tselem noted that Israel Prison Service (IPS) enforces a complete ban on telephone communications for prisoners held on “security grounds”.rh 10/5/2017
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Does Israel really need the Nationality Law?Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - The Nationality Law is controversial in Israel because it disrupts the delicate balance between the two main features of the country as both Jewish and democratic. The law provides legal sanction to efforts to bolster Israel`s Jewish identity at the expense of other values, such as the equal and respectful treatment of minorities. One example of this is the law`s designation of Hebrew as the country`s sole official language (contrary to Hebrew and Arabic currently), a fact that ignores the 1.8 million Arabs who make up almost one-quarter of the population. Moreover, Israel’s Declaration of Independence, the founding document establishing Jewish sovereignty over the land of Israel, already validates Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people.-rh 10/5/2017
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Full text of May 2017 UNESCO resolution on ‘Occupied Palestine’Times of Israel - The cultural agency’s executive board slams Israel for ‘persistent excavations, tunneling, works and projects in East Jerusalem’. The motion was approved by a narrow majority after many countries voted against it due to Israeli and American diplomatic pressure that undermined the understanding reached between the Arab countries, Germany and European Union countries. [Partly based on: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.786832 -ak]2/5/2017
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Leaked report highlights Israel lobby’s failuresAli Abunimah - EI - The report, published here in full for the first time, outlines Israel’s failure to stem the “impressive growth” and “significant successes” of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. It also sets out strategies, endorsed by the Israeli government, aimed at reversing the deterioration in Israel’s position. But while calling for harsher measures against the Palestine solidarity movement, the report offers no new ideas to deal with how Israel is beset not by an image problem but a reality problem: its regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid is increasingly viewed around the world as reprehensible and unsustainable, even by many of Israel’s defenders. [bz]29/4/2017
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Zionist Colonization is not "exceptional" –a Marxist viewpointThis article aims to challenge the rather widely accepted claim that the nature of Zionist settler colonization is exceptional 1 and even "defies appeal to any precedent that can usefully be invoked as to its evolution and eventual revolution".23/4/2017
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How Israeli soldiers interrogated meFarah Najjar and Shatha Hammad - Aljazeera - Currently, there are 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. The number includes 300 children and 53 women, according to the Jerusalem-based Palestinian prisoners support and human rights association, Addameer. Laith Abu Zeyad, Addameer`s international advocacy officer told Al Jazeera that between 500 and 700 arrests of children are made each year in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Upon arrest, Palestinian civilians residing in the West Bank are sent to be tried in Israeli military courts, where conviction rates are as high as 99.7 percent, according to Abu Zeyad. Being tried in a military tribunal is a violation of international law, and means that civilians` due process rights are routinely disrespected.-rh 19/4/2017
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Take a tour of West Jerusalem`s Palestinian history: A new documentary brings the hidden urban Palestinian history of West Jerusalem on to screens everywhere. Mary Pelletier - Aljazeera - Based on a series of tours through Katamon and Baka, former Palestinian neighbourhoods where Arab identity was swiftly erased after the 1948 Nakba, the project "Jerusalem, We Are Here" is a web-based interactive documentary that takes viewers on a journey in Jerusalem. The documentary revives the culturally rich landscape of Palestinian West Jerusalem, based around an interactive map embedded with original film footage, photographs, interviews and audio, directed and produced by Dorit Naaman.-rh 19/4/2017
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Occupation capturedChristian Peacemaker Teams - AIC - Photos of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron [ry] 17/4/2017
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With Furious cruelty’–Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour still facing prosecution in Israel Israel/Palestine Kim Jensen and Yoav Haifawi - Mondoweiss "     March 19 and March 28 marked two critical hearings in the trial of the Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour who faces up to eight years in prison on the charges of incitement and support for terrorism. The sessions largely focused on the testimony of two literary witnesses brought by Tatour’s defense attorneys Gaby Lasky and Nery Ramati. The defense’s overarching objectives were to establish Tatour’s inalienable right to freedom of expression, to point out the distorted police translation of Tatour’s poem, and to demonstrate anti-Arab bias in the judicial system. The contentious hearings started late and dragged into the evening as the prosecutor Alina Hardak spared no attempt to undermine the credibility of the witnesses." ca14/4/2017
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Israel detained 509 Palestinians in March, report saysMa’an News Agency - "The report -- written by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, and Addameer -- said that the detainees included 75 male teenagers, 11 women, two teenage girls, five journalists, and one Palestinian lawmaker. However, according to Ma’an documentation, at least six Palestinian MPs were detained in March" [ry]10/4/2017
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The Enemy Just Blinked: Why Hamas`s New Charter Is a Big Deal Björn Brenner - Haaretz "The revisions to Hamas’ infamously anti-Semitic and pro-violence founding document is unprecedented evidence that even an extremist organization is capable of change." ca 7/4/2017
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HRW: Israel denying human rights workers access to GazaFarah Najjar - Aljazeera - In the report, titled "Unwilling or Unable: Israel Restrictions on Travel to and from Gaza for Human Rights Workers", the US-based organisation expressed concerns over the restriction of entry to human rights workers who require access to the strip in order to investigate possible crimes committed during the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza.-rh 5/4/2017
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Border Police officers indicted for assaulting PalestinianRoi Yanovsky -Ynetnews - According to the indictment, Yosef Abadi, 22, from Rishon Lezion, and Oshri Ohayon, 23, from Beit Shemesh, had assaulted a Palestinian with the butt of their rifle and even threatened to kill him, because they thought he was suspected of having carried out a stabbing attack. The two arrived at the Christian Quarter in the Old City in May 2016 following a report of a stabbing attack. When they noticed a Palestinian walking by, they suspected that he was the assailant, even though he was unarmed. They approached him, and one of the soldiers struck him with the butt of his rifle, without informing him that he was being arrested or detained and without questioning him.-rh 5/4/2017
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