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551 Palestinians arrested in JanuarySamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - AIC - Since October`s uprising, 3500 Palestinians have been arrested; the total number of Palestinian prisoners reaches 7000 [ry] 8/2/2016
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Today in Palestine for March 5, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn7/2/2016
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Right-wing MKs flog ‘fascist’ group for ‘outing’ lefty artistsTamar Pileggi - The Times of Israel - The campaign, launched on Wednesday and titled “Moles in Culture,” features a list of artists that includes a number of well-known Israeli authors, actors and musicians — writers Amos Oz, David Grossman and A.B. Yehoshua, actress Gila Almagor, and singers Rona Keinan and Chava Alberstein are featured — accusing them of being “moles” who support left-wing groups that receive some of their funding from foreign governments.-rh3/2/2016
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Israeli authorities demolish ten Palestinian homes in Area C in January, leaving 59 homeless, incl. 37 minorsB`Tselem - "The Israeli authorities impose an impossible daily reality on Palestinian communities in Area C by repeatedly demolishing their homes, constantly threatening further demolition, and other violations of their rights. This governmental policy, implemented systematically for years, constitutes the forced transfer of protected Palestinian residents within the occupied territory" [ry] 1/2/2016
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Today in Palestine for January 29, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn31/1/2016
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Im Tirtzu Admits Mistake in Campaign Against `Left-wing` Israeli Cultural Figures Yair Ashkenazi--The right wing Im Tirtzu group, which last month stirred controversy over its video targeting figures from left-wing organizations as foreign "moles," acknowledged that it had erred in a new poster that purports to expose some of Israel`s leading cultural figures as left-wing. dn31/1/2016
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Italian academics call for boycott of Israeli universitiesItamar Eichner--The academic boycott against Israel continues to broaden, with a new petition signed by 168 academics and researchers in Italy calling to suspend all agreements with Israeli universities as well as the Technion, Israel`s Institute of Technology in Haifa. dn30/1/2016
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Regev presents `cultural loyalty` bill to MKsMoran Azulay, Roi Yanovsky and Ran Boker--Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud) on Wednesday presented before a Knesset committee her new "cultural loyalty" bill, drawing criticism from several MKs. The bill seeks to deny state funding to artists and cultural institutions who denigrate the state flag or state symbols; incite to racism, violence or terrorism; support armed struggle and terrorism against Israel; mark Independence Day as a day of mourning; or deny Israel`s existence as a Jewish and democratic state. Regev said that her proposal is based on previous Knesset legislation. dn 30/1/2016
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Israel`s Top General Praises Iran Deal as `Strategic Turning Point` in Slap at BibiJ.J.Goldberg - Forward - emember the nuclear agreement between Iran and the West? You know — the one that Benjamin Netanyahu insisted was the biggest danger to Israel and the Jews since time immemorial? Well, Israel’s military chief of staff told a prestigious defense conference last week that far from being a mortal threat, the deal has actually removed the most serious danger to Israel’s existence for the foreseeable future, and greatly reduced the threat over the longer term.-rh 27/1/2016
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Israeli police smuggle Palestinian suspect out of the countryHaggai Matar - +972 - The police took Nasser Nawaj’ah out of the West Bank and into Israel to face trial. When that didn’t work, they ignored a court order to release him and smuggled him back to the West Bank and into military custody.-rh 27/1/2016
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Today in Palestine for January 22, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt.24/1/2016
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Netanyahu seeks to return evicted settlers to Hebron housesReuters--About 80 settlers were removed from Hebron on Friday a day after Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon withheld his required approval of their occupancy in apartments in a city where tensions between Israelis and Palestinians run high. dn24/1/2016
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EU agrees to provide Palestinians with 9.5 million euros in developmental aidJonathan Benedek--The aid package is for social infrastructure projects in Area C of the West Bank, areas under complete Israeli control; EU: `area C remains part of occupied territory of West Bank and without it, there will be no Palestinian state`. dn24/1/2016
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Israel Cuts Funding for Jewish Pluralism NGOs, May Give Funds to Orthodox Groups Instead Or Kashti--The Education Ministry has suspended financial support for organizations promoting Jewish pluralism, despite the funding having been allocated in the state budget. Some 16 million shekels (a little more than $4 million) earmarked for dozens of non-governmental organizations that promote religious pluralism may have been given instead to Orthodox organizations, Michal Berman, executive director of the Panim NGO, told Haaretz. dn 24/1/2016
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Does draft Palestinian social security law really protect workers?Aziza Nofal - Al-Monitor - Criticism of the social security law has been leveled by representatives of workers unions, who are divided between those who view it as better than nothing despite its shortcomings and others, the majority, who think its shortcomings undermine the concept of social security. The proposed retirement funds — which the committee supposedly set at the minimum wage, 1,450 shekels a month ($366), which is also the poverty line — are not commensurate with the cost of living and difficult economic conditions in general for Palestinians. In fact, critics argue, monthly payments would fall well below the poverty line under the draft plan.-rh 20/1/2016
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US Ambassador to Israel Slams Government Settlements PolicyAron Heller - abcNews - In the West Bank, Israelis are subject to Israeli civil law, while Palestinians are governed by Israeli military law, which offers far fewer legal protections. Palestinians and rights groups say that Israelis suspected in violence against Palestinians are rarely brought to justice, while Palestinian attackers are quickly arrested or killed.-rh20/1/2016
Israeli Police Falsely Allege Murder Conspiracy by Human Rights NGOs, ActivistsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - After a shady astroturf outfit, Ad Kan, infiltrated two spies into Ta’ayush, a South Hebron Hills support group for local Palestinian farmers, they created a hoax land deal which claimed (falsely) to sell the family land of a B’Tselem Palestinian activist, Nasser Nawaja’ah.-rh20/1/2016
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Israeli military forces came to Khirbet Susiya in south Hebron and arrested B`Tselem`s field worker, Nasser Nawaj`a. B`Tselem - Early this morning, Israeli military forces came to Khirbet Susiya in south Hebron and arrested B`Tselem`s field worker, Nasser Nawaj`a. The family reported that the arrest was accompanied by violence. Nasser was taken to the Shai police headquarters, near Ma`ale Adumim settlement. The investigators told his lawyer, att. Gaby Lasky, that they will issue a warrant prohibiting him from consulting with her. Preventing an arrestee from meeting his lawyer is a draconian and unacceptable measure, and a blatant violation of due process. His lawyer was not told for which suspicions he is to be interrogated.20/1/2016
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Israel-steps-up-home-demolitions-to-punish-palestinian-attackers/2016/01/16/7c198910-b4a3-11e5-8abc-d09392edc612_story.htmlRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - Israel appears to be stepping up its punitive response by fast-tracking the demolition of homes where the attackers lived. In the past two weeks, three Palestinian homes in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank have been destroyed by the military. Many more have been measured for future demolition or their occupants served with demolition orders.-rh20/1/2016
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Extremists vandalize Jerusalem church with Hebrew threats: ‘Death to heathen Christians’ -Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - For the second time in a year, Israeli vandals targeted a Christian church in Jerusalem Sunday with extremist anti-Christian graffiti. Assailants tagged the religious site with threats in Hebrew: “Death to the heathen Christians, “the enemies of Israel”, “Let his [Jesus’] name and memory be obliterated” and “Christians to Hell.”-rh20/1/2016
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Death and humiliation: A tale of a Palestinian village : Sa`ir, a West Bank village, is the outcome of living in the intense microcosm of the Israeli occupation. Matthew Vickery - Aljazeera - The village makes up just one percent of the Palestinian population of the West Bank, yet seven percent of all Palestinians killed (including Palestinian citizens of Israel and residents of Gaza) since October, have come from this rural, underdeveloped community.-rh20/1/2016
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Occupation, Inc. - How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian RightsHuman Rights Watch - HRW is not calling for a consumer boycott of settlement companies, but rather for businesses to comply with their own human rights responsibilities by ceasing settlement-related activities. Moreover, consumers should have the information they need, such as where products are from, to make informed decisions. [The 162-page report includes a revealing map-bz]19/1/2016
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Palestinian prisoners resistSamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - AIC - Twelve Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in protest of administrative detention, jail conditions [ry]18/1/2016
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EU: Agreements with Israel only apply within 1967 bordersItamar Eichner--srael is battling an EU proposal that will be tabled next week in a meeting of European foreign ministers, which calls for all European Union countries to restrict its international agreements with Israel to within the 1967 borders, thus excluding the settlements.dn17/1/2016
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Today in PalestineToday in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn17/1/2016
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The response to an Israeli official’s ban on a Jewish-Arab love story? A video of Jews and Arabs kissingRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - How have Tel Aviv’s young liberals responded to a decision by Israel’s conservative, right-wing education minister to ban from the official reading list a novel about forbidden love between an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian Muslim? They`ve made a video of Israelis and Palestinians kissing each other.-rh 13/1/2016
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Why Israel`s schools merit a U.S. boycott Saree Makdisi - Los Angeles Times - The United Nations` Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination points out with alarm that Israel maintains two separate educational systems for its citizens — one for Jewish children and another for the children of the Palestinian minority — a structure that reinforces the profound segregation of Israeli society in everything from matters of citizenship and marriage to housing rights.-rh13/1/2016
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A bloody week in PalestineAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Last week, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians and injured dozens more [ry]11/1/2016
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The Month in Pictures: December 2015EI - "Dozens of Palestinians were killed this month, mostly in the West Bank, during an ongoing wave of violence that began in October, provoked by Israel’s unchecked assaults and incursions in occupied East Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound" [ry]11/1/2016
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Israeli troops shoot dead alleged Palestinian attackersAl-Jazeera - "Four Palestinians, who allegedly attempted to stab Israeli soldiers in two separate incidents in occupied West Bank, have been shot and killed.The Palestinian health ministry said three Palestinians died north of Hebron close to the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion after reports of a stabbing attempt on Thursday night."Three attackers, armed with knives, attempted to stab soldiers guarding the Gush Etzion junction," an Israeli army statement said, adding troops responded by shooting the assailants.The fourth Palestinian killed north of Hebron was 16-year-old Khalil Mohammad Shalaldeh." ca 8/1/2016
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Palestinian population to exceed Jewish population by 2020Ma`an News Agency - " Figures released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics on Thursday suggested that Palestinians will outnumber Israeli Jews in historic Palestine by 2020.The results of the Palestinian census were released as 2015 came to a close in the center’s annual analysis of demographics in the area.The census estimated that by the end of 2015, the total number of Palestinians in "historical Palestine" -- meaning the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and Israel -- was around 6.22 million, compared to 6.32 million Jews.The number of Palestinians and Jews in historical Palestine is expected to be equal before the end of 2017, and the number of Palestinians will total 7.13 million compared to 6.96 million Jews by the end of 2020, according to the PCBS census." ca8/1/2016
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The Ministry of Housing Plans ExposedPeace Now - "In November 2013, following international pressure, Prime Minister Netanyahu cancelled three tenders issued by the Ministry of Housing (MOH) calling for architects to bid for contracts to plan tens of thousands of housing units in settlements, including in E1. One year later, far from the public eye (without any public tender), the MOH hired architects to plan many of those plans. This planning, which contradicts any possible commitment to a two-state solution, continues through the present day" [ry]4/1/2016
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