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Palestinian population will double by 2050Alternative Information Center (AIC) - "The U.N. Population Fund in the occupied Palestinian territories and the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Ramallah released a report titled, “Palestine 2030 – Demographic change: opportunities for development.”...The growth will be concentrated in Gaza, which will increase from 1.85 million people in 2015 to 4.8 million people in 2050. Strained infrastructure and a lack of employment opportunities pose problems. " ca30/12/2016
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Israeli court sentences 19-year-old Palestinian girl to 16 years in prisonMa’an News Agency - "The Israeli magistrate’s court in Jerusalem on Sunday sentenced a 19-year-old Palestinian girl to 16 years in prison, after she was accused of attempting to stab an Israeli settler in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem in Oct. 2015" [ry]26/12/2016
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Israel among world’s worst jailers of journalistsAli Abunimah - EI - "By far the largest group, 81 journalists, are detained in Turkey, followed by China (38) and Egypt (25). Israel is holding 7 journalists, according to CPJ, which puts it on a par with Syria and Bahrain, just behind Iran (8) and ahead of Saudi Arabia (6)" [ry]19/12/2016
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Occupation capturedAIC - Photos of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron [ry]19/12/2016
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Today in Palestine for December 16, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn18/12/2016
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Today in Palestine for December 23, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn25/12/2016
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Full text of UNSC resolution, approved Dec. 23, 2016Times of Israel staff--Approved by 14-0, with US abstaining, text seeks action ‘to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperiling the two-state solution’ dn25/12/2016
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Strangled Education: Reporting on higher education in Palestine and Israel David Lloyd - Mondoweiss - Literally, because the freedom of movement that Israeli and American scholars take for granted is arbitrarily denied to Palestinian academics and, increasingly, to their foreign colleagues. Figuratively, because what is so implicitly racist about the conversation is the assumption embedded in it: in the scale of things, Palestinian freedoms do not count as highly as Israeli ones. Their right to study, to teach and to attend conferences can be infringed with appalling regularity, as their campuses can be invaded and their persons subject to strip-search or detention, with a paradoxically routine unpredictability.-rh15/12/2016
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Top Israeli Politician: ‘I Prefer If Arabs Did Not Show Up To Vote’Marcy Oster - Forward - David Bitan, of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, on Saturday said during an event in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion: “Arabs flock to the polls? I’d prefer if they didn’t show up to vote at all.” Some 95 percent of Arab-Israelis vote for The Arab Joint List party, Bitan noted, adding that the party: “doesn’t represent Israeli-Arab interests – it represents Palestinian interests.”-rh 15/12/2016
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Why Trump’s #DrainTheSwamp Slogan Means Something Totally Different in IsraelNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - Naftali Bennett sounded a lot like Donald Trump when he congratulated the Israeli parliament for “draining the swamp” by pushing a bill to retroactively legalize West Bank outposts built on stolen Palestinian land. At first, the far right wing Israeli minister seemed to be parroting Trump’s call to clean up government. But it’s more likely that Bennett was making a reference to a similar Israeli concept born out of Zionist history of swamp draining as a way to conquer the land for Jews.-rh 15/12/2016
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Israeli Soldiers Often Contaminate Evidence After Shooting Palestinian Assailants, Prosecutors Say Yaniv Kubovich - Haaretz - It is often impossible to investigate cases where soldiers shoot Palestinians, because the soldiers disturb the evidence at alleged terror attack scene, senior prosecutors and police officers warned the Israeli Defense Forces. Nor is this just a problem for the law enforcement agencies, they warned. It could also become a serious problem for the army itself, because it could make it harder to defend soldiers in civil or criminal proceedings overseas.-rh  15/12/2016
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Netanyahu`s `Job Act` could win him Trump-like appointment powersMazal Mualem - Al Monitor - At the Dec. 11 Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself placed his own version of the Job Act on the table. The headlines from that meeting focused on how Netanyahu is jealous of US President-elect Donald Trump and would like to have the same option of making hundreds of political appointments, without going through committees or the tender system. As Netanyahu put it, “Trump can make 4,000 appointments. We should be able to make a few hundred appointments that don’t need a tender. … We also need to be able to govern."-rh 15/12/2016
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US abstains, Israeli settlement resolution passes at UN Security CouncilYnet--After a US abstention, the UN Security Council passes a resolution simultaneously declaring settlements illegal, while also demanding a halt to their construction; US ambassador Power: `One cannot champion settlements and the two state solution.` dn24/12/2016
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Critics warn US could adopt `pro-settler agenda` : Nomination of David Friedman as next US ambassador to Israel has further damaged prospects for Palestinian statehoodJonathan Cook - Aljazeera - Donald Trump`s nomination of David Friedman as the United States ambassador to Israel provoked widespread consternation over the weekend, amid heightened speculation that the president-elect`s selection would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a statement accepting the nomination, 57-year-old Friedman welcomed the chance to work "from the US Embassy in Israel`s eternal capital, Jerusalem". That would signal US recognition of Israel`s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, long viewed as the only feasible capital of a future Palestinian state.-rh 22/12/2016
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Israeli art student hounded by Israeli rightAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - Writing that Culture Minister Miri Regev has asked Education Minister Naftali Bennett to stop funding the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design because of a poster by a first-year student is a dog bites man story. But in fact, this is what happened this week, when a poster showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a rope swept the social networks. It’s hardly surprising that the culture minister, who is proud of never having read Chekhov, doesn’t understand the difference between a poster displayed in the stairwell of an arts school and incitement against asylum seekers in the town square (as she did in 2012, when she called African asylum seekers “a cancer”). And then again, maybe she does understand and even knows that the school assignment of an 18-year-old student, posted on the web by some anonymous hand, is hardly a security threat to the prime minister. But Regev, as always, never misses an opportunity to pick up a few more likes from her fans.-rh 21/12/2016
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Today in Palestine for December 7, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn11/12/2016
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Polls Finds Almost Half of Jewish Israelis Think Left Is Traitorous Fifth ColumnDaniel J. Solomon--Almost half of Israel’s Jews think the country’s political left isn’t patriotic, finds the latest poll of the Israel Democracy Institute’s Peace Index, in a survey that shows a public continuing to hold attitudes that favor the current right-wing government. dn11/12/2016
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After a Year in Prison, Palestinian Circus Performer Denied Release by Israeli Court Freeabusakha campaign--The statement said that after only 15 minutes of deliberation on Dec. 5, the court rejected the petition to release Abu Sakha based on “the same secret evidence opinion produced by the Military Prosecutor in December 2015,” that was used to justify his administrative detention order. dn11/12/2016
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U.K. Intelligence Called Israel `True Threat` to Middle East Haaretz&JTA - Haaretz  "British intelligence spied on Israeli diplomats and firms in addition to its military, the French daily Le Monde reported on Wednesday, based on leaked documents that came into the possession of whistleblower Edward Snowden. In one of the files, Britain’s GCHQ intelligence-gathering apparatus defined Israel as "a true threat" to the Middle East." ca9/12/2016
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One week later: Where is the evidence of an `arson intifada?`Haggai Matar - +972 - But what do we actually know about this wave of wildfires? We know that there were 1773 different fires according to the Israel Fire and Rescue Services. The police were called to 90 of these “events,” 40 of which were investigated for a number of crimes (including negligence, as well as arson and attempted arson). The Israel Tax Authority announced that nine of the fires will be counted as nationalistically-motived arsons, yet the police and the Fire and Rescue Services were quick to respond that Authority’s list was not based on facts, and that there is no way to prove that any of those nine fires were the result of arson.-rh 8/12/2016
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Obama would have overwhelming support from US public to allow UN establishment of Palestinian state Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Shibley Telhami’s latest polling for Brookings shows that criticism of Israel has burgeoned in the United States public during the last year, particularly among Democrats; and that if President Obama were to buck Israel at the United Nations, by sanctioning Israel for settlements, or allowing the U.N. to endorse the establishment of a Palestinian state, he would have broad popular support. Obama has political “cover,” Telhami said at Brookings in announcing his findings. [bz]6/12/2016
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The Month in Pictures: November 2016EI - "Israeli forces killed four Palestinians during the month of November. Three were killed during separate alleged stabbing attacks on Israeli forces" [ry] 5/12/2016
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Economic Collapse in East Jerusalem: Strategies for RecoveryIMEMC News & Agencies - “Despite the economic obstacles it confronts, East Jerusalem remains at the forefront of Palestinian civil society’s strategies of sumud. These strategies focus on ensuring that Palestinians remain rooted to land under threat of confiscation; creating socioeconomic conditions that help Palestinians endure Israeli policies; maintaining the political identity and cultural heritage of the city; and promoting community-controlled development” [ry] 5/12/2016
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US colleges move to protect undocumented studentsAl Jazeera--Universities and colleges in several US states are considering labelling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump. [Israel should take notice and refrain from deporting children of non-Jewish workers whose children have been born in Israel. dn]4/12/2016
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Today in Palestine for December 2, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn4/12/2016
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How US security aid to PA sustains Israel`s occupationAlaa Tartir-- However, US military aid to Israel is not the only way in which the US subsidises the Israeli occupation of Palestine. US aid to Palestinians, averaging $400m a year since 2008, split between budget support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and civilian project-based assistance, also ultimately sustains the Israeli occupation. dn4/12/2016
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G4S Ends Business in Israel - HUGE VICTORY FOR BDS!FOSNA Friends of Sabeel North America--December 3, 20164/12/2016
Deported from Palestine: Why Israel fears journalistsEoin Wilson - Aljazeera - As Israel tightens its grip on Palestinians and their international supporters, a growing number of activists, researchers and journalists have been denied access by the Israeli authorities. Among them is Eoin Wilson, an Irish-Scottish freelance journalist specialising in social movements and international solidarity activism. Earlier this month, he was refused entry and banned for 10 years. Here, he reflects on his ordeal at the hands of Israeli interrogators.-rh 1/12/2016
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In Jerusalem, insurance becomes extortionJoharah Baker - The Electronic Intifada - Earlier this year, new regulations made it mandatory for all residents in Jerusalem with temporary family unification permits to obtain Israeli medical insurance. The law, which came into effect on 1 August, will cost those affected a monthly fee in addition to a large backdated one-time charge. It has caused an angry uproar among Jerusalem’s Palestinians, who see it as yet another attempt by Israeli authorities to target their community and make their precarious existence in the city even more challenging.-rh 1/12/2016
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