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Israelis & Palestinians Negotiate Solutions to the Gaza Crisis 14/11/2019
Army Kills Four Palestinians, Injures 25, In GazaIMEMC - Zaki Ghannam, 25, was killed when the army fired missiles targeting several militants in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, also leading to the injury of three Palestinians. Earlier, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian teen, identified as Mohammad Atiyya Hammouda, 18, and seriously injured two others, in Jabalia, in northern Gaza. These killings are added to original Israeli attack which set off the present fighting - the extrajudicial assassination of Baha’ Abu al-‘Ata, 42, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad, by firing missiles at a residential building in Gaza city, also killing his wife Asma’, and wounding their children Salim, Mohammad, Lian, and Fatima az-Zahra’, in addition to their neighbor Hanan Hallas. It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army also attempted to assassinate a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing two, including his son, and injuring nine others, among them the grandson of the leader.[ak]12/11/2019
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Israel closes Gaza crossings and reduces fishing zoneGisha - This morning, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories announced that “following the situation” Israel has closed the crossings between Israel and Gaza to movement in both directions until further notice – Erez Crossing to movement of people and Kerem Shalom to movement of goods – and reduced the “fishing zone” it enforces in the Strip’s territorial waters to a distance of only 6 nautical miles off Gaza’s coast. Gisha emphasizes that Israel has an obligation to allow the continued provision of necessities to residents of Gaza and to enable travel. At a minimum, humanitarian access must be allowed. Gisha is following with great concern the impact of these developments on the lives of civilians. The civilian population must be kept out of the line of fire. [ak] 12/11/2019
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A war to keep Netanyahu on his throneRaluca Ganea - Zazim - Hundreds of thousands of us woke up this morning to the air raid alarms, but yet we are expected to shut up. Outside, missiles fly, and we`re told it`s not the time for politics, because there`s a war. But this war is political. And those who pay the price are us - the ordinary people. Women, children and men on both sides of the border and everywhere. [ak] 12/11/2019
HAMAS THREATENS TO SHOWER ISRAEL WITH ROCKETS FOR 6 MONTHSYASSER OKBI/MAARIV, KHALED ABU TOAMEH - Jerusalem Post - "Our stance has led to the uprooting of the Israeli government and Liberman, and we brought about a crisis that not even two elections could solve. Maybe they`ll have a third one." Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar mentioned the threats made by Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz: "We have heard the threats (...). We are waiting to see if you can form a government – so we can see what it does." "Had it not been for Iran`s financial support, weapons and the transfer of expertise to the resistance in Gaza and Palestine, we would not have reached where we are." He said the injuries and siege were only to build a force to humiliate the occupation army. "We have built this power and will continue to build it – not to protect the Strip, not to protect ourselves, but to achieve our people`s dream of freedom and return," he concluded. [bz]5/11/2019
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Sanders runs to left of J Street and 2020 opponents on aid to IsraelBryant Harris - Al Monitor - Four Democratic presidential candidates now support conditions on Washington’s annual $3.8 billion military aid package for Israel, but Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wants to go further than both his opponents and the liberal lobbying group J Street. J Street and at least three Democratic candidates have set a formal Israeli annexation of certain West Bank settlements as their red line for conditioning the annual military aid package. Sanders, however, issued a broader call to condition the aid on human rights and living conditions in the Gaza Strip — a line that received booming applause from the conference’s rank and file attendees. “If you want military aid, you’re going to have to fundamentally change our relationship with the people of Gaza,” Sanders said at the conference today. “In fact, I think it is fair to say that some of that $3.8 billion should go right now to humanitarian aid in Gaza.” [ak]29/10/2019
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What the Dismantling of the Berlin Wall Means 30 Years LaterJames Carroll - Truthout - For almost half a century, only readily dismissed peaceniks insisted that, in the nuclear age, war and endless preparations for more of it were not the answer. When the Berlin Wall came down, such idealists were proven right, even if their triumph was still ignored.-rh29/10/2019
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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: INSIDE OCCUPIED PALESTINEDEBBIE SHAMIR - Studentnewspaper - This summer, I together with a group of British Jews spent five days exploring the complicated situation between Israel and Palestine. Despite the common misconception that all of Israel-Palestine is characterised by unsolvable conflict and violence, we spoke to several people and organisations who longed for peace. They don’t deny the complications but believe that with a suitable government in power, a peaceful resolution is possible.-rh 29/10/2019
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After 18 months of conflict, some Gazans dare to question Hamas border protestsFares Akram - Times of Israel "... a growing number of Gazans who believe the protests have lost their way. With little to show from 18 months of demonstrations and border riots beyond the hundreds of people killed or wounded by Israeli fire, many Gazans are beginning to question and even criticize the Hamas-led protests, a rarity in a territory where dissent is barely tolerated by the Gaza rulers." ca11/10/2019
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Returning to Yaffa, but only as a ‘tourist’Mariam Barghouti - +972 "I watch the beach waves undulate back and forth in Yaffa. I hear Hebrew all around me, mixed with the laughter of youth. Men, women and children lounge under umbrellas whipping in the sea breeze. Occasionally, Arabic escapes from the mouths of Palestinians who are of the city.In 1948, after Zionist militias occupied Yaffa, a quarter of Palestinians were forced to flee. Israel’s Absentees Property Law allowed for the official confiscation of the emptied Palestinian homes and lands. Yaffa’s Old City has been turned into an Israeli artist colony. I walk feeling so foreign, yet the city is so loud with its Palestinianisms." ca 11/10/2019
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Female Hunger Striker Reveals Details of Torture in Israeli Prison SystemIMEMC News - " Al-Labadi also explained that she was interrogated for 20 consecutive hours during the first 16 days of her detention, and said that she was given only two breaks for meals, each day. She was then moved to rooms full of collaborators, who started to interrogate her; this lasted for up to 35 days, during which she was subjected to verbal, physical and psychological abuse. The Israeli interrogators, she insisted, got close to her body intentionally and used the dirtiest of words to insult her.“They also insulted Islam and Christianity,” she said, “and said that I am an extremist, and told me that they had arrested my mother and sister, and they would put me under renewable administrative detention for seven and a half years, and then release me to the West Bank, and put me under 24- hour surveillance.” ca 11/10/2019
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