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The Woman, Who was Killed By Israeli Soldiers Along With Her Brother, Was Pregnant

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 00:00
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC "Palestinian medical sources confirmed that the Palestinian woman, who was killed by Israeli army fire, on Wednesday, did not carry an explosive belt as the army claimed, but was instead five months pregnant, and “her only fault was walking the wrong route and not understanding Hebrew.” ca

5 Israelis evacuated from Aqsa amid Jewish holiday turmoil

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "Thursday’s incidents are the latest of a string of near-daily conflicts to take place this week as right-wing Israelis have descended on the compound to perform religious rituals for Passover, in violation of an agreement prohibiting non-Muslim worship that was signed between Israel and the Jordanian government after Israel’s illegal occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967." ca

Armed forces escort settlers to West Bank holy sites, clashes erupt

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - " Israeli forces escorted groups of Israelis to holy sites located in Palestinian towns across the occupied West Bank causing clashes to erupt early Thursday, as tensions remained heightened during the ongoing Jewish holiday.Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that hundreds of Israeli settlers arrived in over 15 buses to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus around midnight." ca

Palestinian woman, teen shot dead after alleged stab attempt at Qalandiya

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - Israeli forces on Wednesday shot and killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 16-year-old brother after they allegedly attempted to carry out a stab attack on border police at Qalandiya military checkpoint near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, police and witnesses said. Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said two suspects -- a woman and a youth -- approached the vehicular path leading through the military checkpoint and walked towards border police officers, the woman with her hand in her bag and the youth with hands behind his back. Officers ordered them to halt several times and they began to turn back before police said the woman threw a knife at an officer. Police opened fire, killing the woman immediately. The youth`s death was confirmed shortly after.-rh

Massive collective punishment: homes of 149 Palestinians suspected of no wrongdoing demolished since Oct. 2015; hundreds more under threat

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
B`Tselem - Since October 2015, Israel has stepped up use of house demolitions as a way to punish the families of Palestinians who perpetrated attacks against Israelis or are suspected of perpetrating or aiding such attacks. Since then, the authorities have demolished or fully or partially sealed 37 apartments. Fourteen of these apartments were not under demolition orders and were damaged simply because of their proximity to apartments slated for demolition. As a result of this large-scale punitive action, 149 people, 65 of them minors, have lost their homes. Four of these homes were issued demolition or sealing orders prior to October 2015. Ten more families are currently waiting ruling by Israel’s High Court of Justice (HCJ) in petitions they filed against orders issues for their homes. One more home is expected to be demolished, as the HCJ rejected the family’s petition. Since October 2015, the HCJ revoked six demolition orders. In this time, 53 apartments have been demolished or issued demolition or sealing orders.-rh

Israeli pronouncement on policing West Bank solidifies one-state apartheid regime — Erekat

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Despite protocol, Israeli forces do enter Area A nightly, mostly for arrest operations. Palestinians leaders regard this as a tell-tale sign of Israel’s lack of seriousness in working towards a Palestinian state now, or at any point in the future. More to the point, Palestinians see Israeli soldiers in their cities as why they want out of Oslo and a driving cause of their forays at United Nations for a Security Council resolution to order Israel to turn over the keys to the West Bank and Gaza.-rh

In Israel, an ugly tide sweeps over Palestinians

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Jonathan Cook - The National - Attacks on soldiers were wrong, said Mr Bahloul, but a Palestinian such as Mr Al Sharif – who tried to stab soldiers at a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron – was not a “terrorist" by any normal definition. Terrorists target civilians, Bahloul noted, not soldiers enforcing an illegal occupation.-rh

Jerusalem at the center of Palestine-Israel naming dispute

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Shortly after Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967 it faced a problem in how to refer to Jerusalem in Arabic. Not wanting to use the Arabic name al-Quds, the Israelis came up with a compromise by inserting the biblical Jewish name Urashalim. Listeners to Israel’s radio broadcasts in Arabic, for instance, were informed before and after every news bulletin that the station was reporting from Urashalim al-Quds. Combining the Jewish and the Arabic term reflected what then was the prevalent Israeli attitude of treating the holy city as a crucible of religions. Israel’s mayor of Jerusalem at the time, Teddy Kollek, regularly referred to the mosaic of the city in reference to its diversity and pluralistic nature, residents and religions.-rh

First food truck rolls into Palestine : Two former prisoners have launched an environmentally friendly mobile kitchen in the occupied West

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Dalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - Onlookers and elderly men sitting at a cafe across the street appear intrigued. "What is this?" someone yells. "It`s a food truck," shouts back owner Khaldoun Barghouti, a 43-year-old from Kobar, a village near Ramallah. This is the first mobile kitchen in the West Bank.-rh

An Israeli journalist asks, ‘What happened to the people in the photographs?

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Michaela Whitton - Mondoweiss - The uncommon scenario of an Israeli Jew attending a wedding in a Palestinian refugee camp meant Kratsman was accepted by locals immediately. He quickly found himself the centre of attention as people clamoured to spot themselves in his photos. As the Palestinians pored over the images taken during a 2007 parade of militia, he handed out pens and they circled the faces of those they knew were dead. Returning home with 20 martyrs identified and keen to locate more Palestinians in his archive, Kratsman soon realised he couldn’t carry thousands of images all over the West Bank and Gaza. Then, prompted by his wife, he quickly understood the potential Facebook had to help in his quest. - rh

Israel bulldozes scores of EU-built Palestinian homes in bitter dispute over control of West Bank

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Raf Sanchez, Jabal al-Baba - The Telegraph - Simple homes like this are at the heart of a bitter argument raging between Israel and the EU. So far this year, Israel has bulldozed more than 65 of these houses in the West Bank, arguing that they were constructed illegally and the EU has no right to build in the area without permission. Some Israelis even accuse Europe of building its own version of "settlements" .-rh

Has the countdown to next Hamas-Israel war begun?

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Adnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - Despite the growing mutual warnings between Hamas and Israel about an imminent confrontation, a number of factors might prevent its outbreak, at least for now. The Israeli army is preoccupied with the growing unrest in the West Bank that began in October. Also, Israelis seem to doubt how much the IDF could actually achieve in Gaza — in terms of completely eliminating the Palestinian factions’ missiles and toppling Hamas — except for killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians. The Israelis must wonder whether it is worth getting pulled back into the Gaza quagmire.-rh

Israel releases 12-year-old Palestinian girl, highlighting dual legal systems

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Activestills - +972 - "A Jewish child arrested for an identical crime in the same location would not have been sent to prison." - id

Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in West Bank

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Associated Press - Ynet - "The ceremony coincided with the 22nd anniversary of the end of Apartheid. Hundreds of Palestinian attended the unveiling and took photos with the statue." - id

Why President Rivlin supports Israeli-Palestinian confederation

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Perhaps it is maturity, or perhaps the move from the Knesset to the presidency that has transformed him." - id

The Return of the Desert God

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "A Jewish organization called "If Not Now" who tried to hold a Liberation Passover Seder on the premises of AIPAC"..."A statement issued by the organizers read: "Thousands of American Jews will do what it takes to make sure the next President – whoever they may be – knows that the strongest movement in history to end the occupation is rising in the Jewish community"." - id

Israeli Army Kidnaps Two Underage Siblings In Jerusalem

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
IMEMC News - "...after invading and violently searching their home, in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem. The soldiers also invaded the Schools Street, in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem." - id

The making of a hasbara superstar, Israel`s new ambassador to the UK

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Yoni Mendel - +972 - "For the past decade Mark Regev has become Israel’s preeminent government mouthpiece. Now, as the world prepares to mark 50 years of occupation, Netanyahu appoints a hasbara heavyweight to represent him in the UK." - id

Security Council rebuffs Zionists on Golan claim

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
AFP - Arab News - "Israel usurped 1,200 sq. km of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community." - id

Number of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons soars

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
Charlotte Silver - Rights and Accountability - EI - "Israel has sunk to new lows this year: arresting and imprisoning its youngest female detainee, 12-year-old Dima al-Wawi, and sentencing her to nearly five months in prison." - id