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Library train brings books to Gaza children

2 hours 27 min ago
Ibrahim Abdelhadi - Al Monitor - “The train stops at all public and UNRWA-affiliated schools in Khan Yunis and also heads to remote areas in the east of the governorate. Nour Abu Jazar, 10, who carefully listens to the storyteller, said “We wish the train would stay for the whole year. But the train only stays for a couple of days... [bz]

Barghouthi`s health deteriorates on 8th day of Palestinian prisoner hunger strike

2 hours 27 min ago
Ma`an - Israeli authorities have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners since the beginning of the strike, placing scores of hunger strikers in solitary confinement, or dispersing them throughout Israel’s network of prisons to separate hunger strikers from each other, while denying the vast majority access to their lawyers and maintaining a freeze on family visits. --Barghouthi who had a severe drop in blood pressure and blood sugar levels was not willing to take medicine offered him by the prison authorities. [bz]

Settler attack showcases impunity of Jewish extremists

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 00:00
Guy Hircefeld - +972 - In all my years as of activism, I have never seen or experienced such hatred as I did last Friday, when masked settlers attacked a group of Ta’ayush volunteers with clubs and stones [ry]

Holocaust survivors’ situation is a stain on Israeli society

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 00:00
Yehuda Shohat - Ynet - We don’t always have the power to make a real change, but when we have a government whose ministers and MKs are more concerned about their seat than about their citizens’ wellbeing, the power is in our hands [ry]

Gaza’s only power plant has run out of fuel leaving Palestinian residents without electricity

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 00:00
Bethan McKernan - Independent - Two million people in the coastal enclave are now coping with between two - four hours of power a day as health ministry warns cuts could endanger lives [ry]

CIA Fights Disclosure of Secret Aid to Israel

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 00:00
Grant Smith - AntiWar - Legality of aid uncertain amidst public opposition [ry]

Israel-Europe gas deal sparks criticism

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 00:00
Ylenia Gostoli - Al Jazeera - Palestinians living under occupation will `continue to be further brutalised` by expansion of Israel`s gas industry [ry]

Zionist Colonization is not "exceptional" –a Marxist viewpoint

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 00:00
This 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".

Israeli settlers attack peace activists in West Bank

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 00:00
The New Arab - One settler can be seen striking prominent Israeli peace activist Rabbi Arik Ashcerman on the back of the head with a stick. At least five activists from the grassroots movement Ta`ayush were injured in the attack, including one with a broken arm. The incident took place in the Jordan Valley. [bz for dn]

Video of Nabi Saleh latest weekly protest

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 00:00
David Reeb - Friday April 21 protest by the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners` hunger strike. Also against the theft of their land and their spring by the neighboring settlement Halamish, against the Israeli occupation and against apartheid. [bz for dn]

Any resistance becomes an “act of terror”

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 00:00
James J. Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute - What Israel will not acknowledge and is attempting to obfuscate is that their 50 year long illegal occupation has driven a captive people to resist their systematic oppressive violence. In the process, Israel terms every Palestinian response “terrorism.” Whether throwing rocks at checkpoints, boycotting Israeli products or writing op-eds and going on a hunger strike—all become “terrorist” acts. [bz for dn]

More Palestinians join mass hunger strike on 6th day, PFLP leaders transferred to solitary. Punitive measures against the hunger strikers

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 00:00
Ma`an - The Handala Center for Prisoners added that these procedures used on hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners were “aimed at breaking the will of prisoners and preventing the strike from growing.” The center also rejected all “collective punishment procedures” imposed on Palestinian prisoners and added that such policies “violate all international and human rights laws.” [bz for dn]

186 security prisoners quit hunger strike

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 00:00
Raanan Ben Zur - Ynet - 100 prisoners reported that they were dropping out just 24 hours after it began. Most of the prisoners who joined the strike hailed predominantly from Fatah and the Popular Front, with only a handful being members of Hamas. The security prisoners resolved to stage the hunger strike after a series of demands submitted to the Israel Prison Service were rejected, among them that the Prisons Service install public telephone wings, similar to those installed for criminal prisoners. [bz for dn]

A Just Bill for Palestinians

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 00:00
Christian Sorensen - CounterPunch - "What would a just U.S. foreign policy look like? This faux bill lays forth a vision regarding one pillar of such a policy: justice for Palestinians." - id

1500 Detainees Continue Hunger Strike For Fourth Day

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC - "At least 1500 Palestinian detainees, held by Israel, are ongoing with their hunger strike for the fourth consecutive day, and intend to continue while more detainees are gradually joining the strike that started on April 17th, which also marks the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day." - id

Could Barghouti become Israel’s peace partner?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 00:00
Ronni Shaked - Ynet - "Through a hunger strike in Israel’s prisons, Marwan Barghouti wishes to fulfill his achievements in the last Fatah elections and position himself as Abbas’ successor. It may be time for Israel to change its tune and try to talk to the man who the Palestinians see as their leader." - id

WATCH: This is what a stop-and-frisk in East Jerusalem looks like

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 00:00
Activestills - +972 - "When Israeli forces started body searching Palestinians outside Jerusalem’s Old City, an Activestills photographer on the scene started filming. They detained and searched him too." - id

Israeli settlers hold barbecue party outside Ofer prison

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 00:00
PNN - Palestine News Network - "A group of Israeli settlers on Thursday noon have held a barbecue party outside Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, in response to the collective hunger strike lead by 1,500 Palestinian prisoners." - id

Anti-Arab bias in political lawsuit against Arab Bank

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 00:00
Ray Hanania- The Arab Daily News - "Biased American legal system that discriminates against the rights of Arabs and Muslims in favor of the rights of pro-Israel activists pushes biased lawsuit targeting Arab Bank in Jordan." - id

The ‘Beautiful Resistance’ of Aida Camp – “People cannot tolerate injustice for eternity”

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 00:00
Features - ISM - "“Aida is a hotspot because it is so near the border.  They want us to be silent on every level.  They target the young to be collaborators.  The high unemployment rates lead to despair.  And when children feel despair, they feel unsafe.  At that point, the best thing is to want to die.”" - id