A single bullet to the heart fired by an Israeli soldier was enough to kill 17-year-old Imam Jamil Ahmad Dweikat, a youth from the town of Beita south of Nablus slain today while walking with a friend in his home village. The 50th Palestinian killed in the West Bank this year.
Monthly Archives: December 2014
Happy New Year from Mondoweiss! In 2014 we had just under 17 million visits to the site and Annie Robbins’s post on Boston subway ads against the occupation got nearly 1,000,000 views, topping our list of the ten most popular posts of the year.
Gaza produced ‘tenfold’ increase in level of hatred toward Israel, Cary Nelson marvels in Tel Aviv, and Dalit Baum responds: “You ask why there is more criticism of Israel in the world? Because of Israeli policies!”
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The Palestinian leadership’s resolution to end Israel’s occupation through negotiations failed to pass the United Nations Security Council Tuesday evening. While Palestinian leaders had hoped to garner the nine votes needed to be approved by the 15-member council, only eight countries supported the measure. The United States and Australia voted against it while five others abstained. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said, “We voted against it because we know what everyone here knows, as well—peace will come from hard choices and compromises that must be made at he negotiating table. Today’s staged confrontation in the UN Security Council will not bring the parties closer to achieving two-state solution.”
Late Monday evening Jordan submitted an updated version of a draft resolution seeking to end Israel’s occupation to the United Nations Security Council. The latest document maintains a 2017 deadline for an end to the Israeli occupation but contains a handful revisions, with substantive changes on the status of Jerusalem and Israel’s separation wall.
Idan Landau reports on several gruesome injuries to Palestinian children caused by Israeli forces shooting these bullets.
Recent months have seen a wave of hit-and-runs against Palestinians by Jewish settlers living in the occupied West Bank, as well as reprisal car attacks in Jerusalem. In the latest, a 7-year-old boy in a village near Hebron was left with moderate injuries requiring hospitalization.
You know the name Sheldon Adelson. But how about the Falic family? Members of the Falic family have donated millions of dollars to pro-Israel U.S. politicians from both parties and to pro-Israel causes, including West Bank settlements. The family made their money through Duty Free America, which operates stores in airports around the U.S and the world where consumers buy tax-free products.
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As he stepped off a bus in Issawiya in East Jerusalem, 5-year-old Muhammad Jamal Ubeid was struck in the face by a rubber bullet fired by Israeli forces. He suffered a bone fracture.
By mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve crowds had thinned from the limestone plaza that is Manger Square, buffering Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity and its winding old city. International tourists lingered, but the bulk of the celebrators were Palestinians—Christian and Muslim alike. A handful of children under ten years old wore costumes and sold candies for 25-cents.
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