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Israel Leaves 80 Children at Mercy of August Sun Gideon Levy and Alex Levac--In one of its more widespread acts of demolition, the Civil Administration last week left 127 men, women and children without shelter in 42-degree-Celsius heat. dn30/8/2015
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African Asylum Seekers Now Free, but Have Nowhere to Live Ilan Lior--Those who have left Holot over the last two days are barred from living or working in Tel Aviv and Eilat, by order of Interior Minister Silvan Shalom. They say their friends are all in one of those two cities, and they have no jobs or housing solutions anyplace else. Some have been forced to sleep in public parks, while others have moved in temporarily with other asylum seekers. dn 30/8/2015
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Forbidding Asylum Seekers From Living in Tel Aviv or Eilat Reeks of Racism Haaretz Editorial--Jaafar, an asylum seeker from Sudan, was released from the Holot detention facility this week after being held there without trial for a year and eight months. His release follows a Supreme Court ruling which determined that no individual can be detained at Holot for over a year. But a scandalous decision by Interior Minister Silvan Shalom forbidding released detainees to take up residence in Tel Aviv or Eilat, and an even more outrageous one by Arad Mayor Nissan Ben Hamo to station police and municipal inspectors at the entrance to his city, which is meant to prevent former detainees from even visiting, have forced Jaafar to spend his nights in a public park in Be’er Sheva. dn29/8/2015
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Today in Palestine for August 18, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn23/8/2015
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Palestinian liberation is “key matter of our time,” say Black leadersThe Electronic Intifada--More than 1,000 Black activists, artists, scholars, students and organizations have released this statement reaffirming their “solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and commitment to the liberation of Palestine’s land and people.”dn23/8/2015
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Omar Barghouti on Matisyahu: ‘Perfectly reasonable to oppose performance by any bigot’Ben Norton--Jewish American rapper Matisyahu (the stage name of Matthew Paul Miller) was disinvited from a music festival in Spain because of his support for Israel. Organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival say they were pressured to cancel the performance by supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement—an international movement that, through peaceful economic means, seeks to pressure Israel to abide by international law and ends its illegal military occupation of the Palestinians.dn23/8/2015
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Newspaper Review: Israel’s Quelling of Peaceful Marches, Protesting East Jerusalem Land Seizure as Focus of Dailies WAFA--Highlighting Israeli plans to seize Palestinians’ land in East Jerusalem in its main front page news item, al-Quds reported that the Israeli ‘Jerusalem Municipality’ has decided to transform 13.000 dunums of Palestinians’ land on East Jerusalem’s Jabal al-Masharif (Mount Scopus), to a temporary park, introducing a new technique to seize Palestinians’ lands in the city.dn22/8/2015
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Wave of demolitions in Area C continues: Civil Administration Destroys Homes of 3 families in the Jordan ValleyB’Tselem - "The wave of demolitions left dozens of people homeless in the extreme August heat. Since 5 Aug. 2015, the Civil Administration has demolished 34 residential buildings and 31 other structures in Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley, in the vicinity of Ma’ale Adumim, and in the southern Hebron hills. A total of 167 people have lost their homes in these actions, including 101 minors" [ry]24/8/2015
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`Arbitrary` permit laws for West Bank workers in IsraelNigel Wilson - AlJazeera - Many Palestinians flock to Israel for work, but they often face a limiting permit system and even blacklists [ry]24/8/2015
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Hundreds demonstrate in solidarity with hunger striking detaineeHassan Shaalan--Arab MKs and religious leaders participate in demonstration in support of Mohammed Allaan; protesters shout slogans calling for kidnapping and killing of soldiers. dn16/8/2015
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Today in Palestine for August 14, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn16/8/2015
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IDF may start viewing Iran nukes as less of a threatEdo Konrad--A new document published by the IDF’s chief of staff rebuts Netanyahu’s attempts at consensus-building on the Iran nuclear threat. dn16/8/2015
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United Church of Canada votes in favor BDSJTA--(JTA) – The general council of a large Canadian church network voted in favor of promoting a boycott against institutions complicit in what it called the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. dn16/8/2015
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Position Paper on the Current Funding Crisis of UNRWA . . .Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council--Position Paper on the Current Funding Crisis of UNRWA, International Responsibility and a Framework of Short and Long-term International Interventions Necessary for Maintaining the Functioning of UNRWA, and Ensuring Fundamental Rights of Palestine Refugees dn16/8/2015
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The IDF`s new way of tracking Palestinian protesters: DronesHaggai Matar--Participants in the weekly protests against the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bil’in were surprised Friday to find that the army was using a new tool to put down the demonstrations. For the first time, a small drone equipped with four propellors and a camera hovered above the protesters as they marched toward the wall and chanted slogans.dn15/8/2015
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Should the PA share responsibility for settler attacks?Nigel Wilson--Security coordination between Israelis and Palestinians is one-sided, primarily benefitting Israel, critics say. dn15/8/2015
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Young Palestinian stone-throwers brutalised by Israeli security forcesKate Shuttleworth - The National - “Out of 30 East Jerusalem youths between the ages of 9 and 17 who were arrested by Israeli police between January and June this year, 16 said they were subjected to physical violence during interrogation in the absence of a parent, according to the NGO Defense for Children International Palestine” [ry]11/8/2015
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Gaza infant mortality rate rises for first time in 53 years, UN study reveals Agence France-Presse - The Guardian - The number of babies dying before four weeks old has risen from 12 per 1,000 live births in 2008 to 20.3 in 2013, agency for Palestinian refugees says [ry]10/8/2015
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Demolition continues in Palestinian communitiesB’Tselem - Israel’s Civil Administration demolishes homes of 3 families in ‘Ein al-Meyteh and al-‘Aqabah, Jordan Valley [ry]10/8/2015
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Wartime journalism: Mohammed Omer on GazaRichard Falk - AIC - “I have written this book as a way of preserving and passing on stories that need to be told” [ry]10/8/2015
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The heads of the Catholic churches Friday filed a complaintWAFA--According to a press release issued by the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries on Friday, Father Pietro Felet, Secretary General of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land, filed Friday morning an official complaint to the Israeli police against leader of radical Israeli organization Lehava, Bentsi Gofstein, demanding bringing him to justice for advocating torching churches.dn9/8/2015
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Fears of Lasting Rift as Obama Battles Pro-Israel Group on Iran JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS--WASHINGTON — President Obama had a tough message for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or Aipac, the powerful pro-Israel group that is furiously campaigning against the Iran nuclear accord, when he met with two of its leaders at the White House this week. The president accused Aipac of spending millions of dollars in advertising against the deal and spreading false claims about it, people in the meeting recalled.dn9/8/2015
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The settler youth who are inflaming the West BankOded Shalom and Elior Levy--The rising tensions are evident everywhere. In Meir Ettinger`s fanaticism; in Palestinian villages where night watchmen groups are formed; in Givat Ronen outpost where `the most hotheaded guys are drawn,` and in the police, where investigators are trying to solve the arson in Duma and prepare for possible Jewish retaliation. dn8/8/2015
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UN chief seeks urgent funding for Palestinian refugeesMa`an staff - "UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday raised alarm over a $100 million shortfall in funding for the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees and called for urgent donations.Ban said in a statement that the UNRWA relief agency was "a pillar of stability" for five million Palestinian refugees at a time when the Middle East is in the throes of crises and suffering." ca 7/8/2015
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UNRWA funds crisis worries Palestinian refugeesNisreen El-Shamayleh - AlJazeera "With a funding shortfall of $101m, UNRWA, the UN agency that has been looking after Palestinian refugees in the Middle East for 65 years has said it may be forced to delay the new academic year at the schools it runs in refugee camps across the region.UNRWA schools are considered one of its most successful projects.With 700 overcrowded schools in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza unable to open their doors to students, half a million Palestinian children will be deprived of their right to education." ca7/8/2015
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How Israeli taxpayers subsidize `Jewish terror`Natasha Roth - +972 - What do Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin, the murderers of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and the arsonists convicted of setting fire to Jerusalem’s Jewish-Arab Hand in Hand school have in common, apart from their violent extremism? All have received legal representation or some other form of assistance from Honenu, a self-proclaimed “Israeli Zionist legal aid organization.” Based in Kiryat Arba, a settlement next to Hebron that is home to the grave of Jewish terrorist Baruch Goldstein (itself located in a park named after leader of the Kach terrorist group Meir Kahane), Honenu has tasked itself with a clear vision: to come to the aid of “[s]oldiers and civilians who find themselves in legal entanglements due to defending themselves against Arab aggression, or due to their love for Israel.”-rh5/8/2015
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Anger and frustration over killing of Palestinian babyOren Ziv - Aljazeera - Duma village, occupied West Bank - The death of an 18-month-old Palestinian baby in firebomb attack at his family house in the occupied West Bank, has been condemned around the world. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he had ordered his foreign minister to file a complaint at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.-rh 5/8/2015
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Newsletter July -2015Military Court Watch - In July the Public Relations Branch of the Israeli military Spokesperson’s Unit responded to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by the Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) regarding the arrest of Palestinian minors in the West Bank in 2014. According to the Public Relations Branch the Israeli military arrested 3,182 Palestinian adults and children in the West Bank in 2014. The supplied data does not disclose how many additional individuals were detained without being formally arrested. According to the Public Relations Unit this total includes “approximately” 861 minors aged between 12-17 inclusive, representing 27 per cent of the total.-rh5/8/2015
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Addameer: the “Force-Feeding” Bill Legitimizes and Institutionalizes Torture Addameer - The force-feeding bill is a flagrant violation of international human rights norms and standards that explicitly forbid force-feeding of detainees. Addameer further stresses the necessity of respecting the freedom, dignity and rights of Palestinian prisoners.-rh 5/8/2015
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Over 60 Top Ex-Security Officials Urge Netanyahu to Accept Iran DealJTA - Forward - Nearly 70 former Israeli top security officials urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to treat the Iran nuclear agreement as a done deal and to repair relations with the United States.-rh 5/8/2015
PHOTOS! Occupation of Hebron AIC - See a week of Israeli occupation in the southern West Bank city of Hebron [ry]3/8/2015
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Today in Palestine for July 31, 2015Today in Palestine--An accumulation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn 2/8/2015
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Two Palestinians Killed by IDF Fire, Day After Fatal West Bank Arson Attack Gili Cohen and Jack Khoury--Laith Fadel al-Khaladi, 17, was killed after throwing a firebomb at an Israeli army pillbox near Ramallah, while another teen, Mohammed Hamed al-Masri, was killed in northern Gaza, after approaching the border fence. dn2/8/2015
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A Palestinian youth died on Saturday at a West Bank hospital following a clash with Israeli troops near Ramallah, Palestinian hospital officials said.Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi; Ori Lewis; Tom Heneghan--The confrontation was one of three in a matter of hours in which Palestinians died from Israeli-Palestinian violence on one of the most tense days in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip in recent months.dn2/8/2015
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Anti-violence rallies throughout Israel after acts of nationalist, homophobic terrorism Noam `Dabul` Dvir, Roi Yanovsky, Ahiya Raved, Gilad Morag--Following two blood-soaked days, in which a Palestinian infant was killed and his parents and sibling were critically wounded in a fire and six people were hurt in a stabbing at Jerusalem`s gay pride parade, thousands are expected to protest in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa; President Rivlin, party chairpersons, and religious leaders to condemn violence. dn2/8/2015
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Israel Allows Hunger-Striking Prisoners to Be Force-FedDIAA HADIDJULY--JERUSALEM — Israeli legislators voted Thursday to allow the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners in extreme cases, a move that appeared to be aimed at preventing Palestinian inmates from using fasts to win their release, particularly from indefinite incarceration. dn1/8/2015
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US condems West Bank arson amid escalating violenceYnet reporters--The United States officially condemned Friday an attack in the West Bank town of Duma where suspected Jewish settlers burned down a Palestinian home, killing a baby and critically wounding additional family members. dn1/8/2015
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Today in Palestine for August 28, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn30/8/2015
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Today in Palestine for August 7, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn9/8/2015
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29 U.S. Scientists Praise Iran Nuclear Deal in Letter to ObamaWILLIAM J. BROAD--Twenty-nine of the nation’s top scientists — including Nobel laureates, veteran makers of nuclear arms and former White House science advisers — wrote to President Obama on Saturday to praise the Iran deal, calling it innovative and stringent.dn9/8/2015
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University of Illinois Chancellor steps down as judge upholds Salaita lawsuit against school on 1st amendment groundsBen Norton--Palestinian-American professor Steven Salaita was effectively fired from a tenured position in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2014 for tweets critical of Israel. Salaita subsequently sued the university, arguing it violated his rights to freedom of speech and academic freedom.dn9/8/2015
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