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Years of impunity for Israeli leaders may draw to a close in Turkish flotilla trial

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As Turkey is now conducting trials of four high level Israeli officials for the attack on the Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010, the question of who started the violence and who was acting to defend themselves when Israeli forces stormed the flotilla is not in doubt. The trial in Turkey could be the beginning of the end

Samira Shackle: The Netanyahu-Lieberman alliance will accelerate isolationism and discrimination

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The Netanyahu-Lieberman alliance will accelerate isolationism and discrimination When I interviewed Professor Avi Shlaim last month, he said that the current Israeli government was “is the most right-wing, the most hawkish, the most uncompromising … in Israel’s entire history”. That could be about to get worse. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced that he is

In September, Israel denied 16 Palestinians exit permits to seek medical care — including a child

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 Gaza Patients, including Child, Denied Exit Permit JERUSALEM, October 23, 2012 (WAFA) – Israel denied in September 16 Gaza patients, including one child, the right to travel to the West Bank to receive medical treatment, according to the World Health Organization’s monthly report on referral of patients from the Gaza Strip published Monday. It said that

Israeli Navy used tasers and beat passengers aboard the Ship to Gaza

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Parents of Israeli activist, Elik Elhanan, protest with other activists outside the Ashdod police station, after three Israeli activists were arrested on the Estelle ship on their way to Gaza, October 20, 2012. (Photo: Oren Ziv/ActiveStills) Oct. 22, 2012 The Israeli activists detained on board the Estelle were released Elik Elhanan: excessive force was used

Settlers enter south Hebron village; throw rocks, insult Islam and strip naked to provoke villagers

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Settler strips, insult Prophet’ in south Hebron village HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers in the south Hebron hills assaulted Palestinian villagers on Friday evening, residents told Ma’an. Three Israelis from the Karmel settlement entered Um al-Kher village, and one threw rocks at the Palestinians living there, local council chief Abu Hamza Hathalin told Ma’an. Another settler took

Israeli commandos board ship to Gaza and direct it to Israel

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Crew of the Estelle, October 19, 2012. (Photo: ShiptoGazaSE/Facebook) This morning at 10:15 am Jerusalem time masked Israeli commandos boarded the Estelle, a Gaza-bound aid ship, and rerouted the passenger vessel to Ashdod Port in Southern Israel. Dror Feiler a Swedish-Israeli representative on the Ship to Gaza Sweden said the ship was “attacked” while in

Estelle and the freedom of association

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Henry Norr calls the decision of the Estelle, the boat that is now making its way to Gaza to challenge the Israeli siege, to disinvite Ann Wright, “sheer madness,” and “guilt by association.” This Language is both wrong and false. I am not on or associated with the Estelle, and regardless of what I see

Video shows Palestinian father confronting Israeli soldier who beat his 7-year-old son

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Land Theft & Destruction / Ethnic Cleansing / Restriction of Movement / Apartheid & Occupation WATCH: IDF declares Palestinian grazing lands closed military zone Last Saturday, a group of Ta’ayush activists traveled to the South Hebron Hills to provide support to Palestinian shepherds seeking to take their livestock out for grazing. Soon after they reached

The land grab continues– without a word of condemnation from the West

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Land Theft & Destruction / Ethnic Cleansing / Restriction of Movement / Apartheid & Occupation / Refugees Devout Israeli Jews moving to Arab-Jewish cities Orthodox Jewish Israelis, the driving force of the West Bank settlement movement, have begun to turn their attention inward to Israel itself, moving into Arab areas of mixed cities in an

For sake of Palestinian unity Hamas agrees to not be in same room as Abbas

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Hamas declines invite to Iran summit, citing Palestinian unity GAZA CITY (Reuters) — The Hamas government in Gaza said it had declined an invitation to a meeting of 120 developing nations in Tehran this week, heading off a potential confrontation with rival Palestinian leaders in the West Bank. Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ leader in Gaza, had

Guardian fires Treviño

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 This just in: Joint statement from the Guardian and Joshua Treviño Joshua Treviño wrote a piece for the Guardian on February 28, 2011 titled “Peter King has hearings, but is he listening?” The Guardian recently learned that shortly before writing this article the author was a consultant for an agency that had Malaysian business interests and

‘Guardian’ sparks uproar by hiring writer who urged murder of flotilla participants

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New Guardian columnist Joshua Treviño (from Flickr via the Electronic Intifada) In case you’ve missed this story: The Guardian, the left-liberal U.K. news outlet that operates the third-most popular news website in the world, last week announced a surprising addition to its editorial team: Joshua Treviño, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush and co-founder of the

New campaign challenges blockade a year after Greece blocked flotilla to Gaza

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Fisherman from Gaza risking Israeli attack return to port, 2011. (Photo: Furlong/Getty Images) One year after the Greek government bowed to pressure and enforced the outsourced Israeli blockade of Gaza, the international movement to challenge the blockade is still very much afloat: we may change our tactics, but not our objectives. Our new campaign to

Ship to Gaza: Estelle arrives in Stockholm with a message

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SV Estelle, sailing vessel for the Ship to Gaza. (Photo: Krzysztof Lubelski/Marine Traffic) This piece was originally published in Aftonbladet on Monday, July 9, 2012 The blockade—or put more correctly and in the term those who are hemmed in prefer: the siege—denies Palestinians in Gaza their human and civil rights. It robs them of their

38 and counting: Al Araqib asks Guinness for record of most demolitions carried out by Israel

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Palestinian villagers demand Guinness entry for demolition record  Residents of an Arab village in Israel demanded entry into Guinness World Records for breaking a record in the number of demolitions carried out by Israeli authorities.  The Bedouin village of al-Araqeeb, whose population is estimated at 500, is located in the Negev in southern Israel and

Between 1967 and 1994, Israel revoked the residency rights of 250,000 Palestinians

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Ethnic Cleansing / Land and Resource Theft & Destruction / Refugees & Occupation Israel admits it revoked residency rights of quarter million Palestinians since 1967 Many of those prevented from returning were students or young professionals, working aboard to support their families. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-admits-it-revoked-residency-rights-of-quarter-million-palestinians-since-1967-1.435778 Israeli MK, AIPAC behind Senate bid to cut total number of Palestinian

Weekend in Palestine: Gaza airstrikes and attacks on peaceful protesters in the West Bank

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Land Theft & Destruction / Restriction of Movement / Refugees Settlers burn down ancient tree in Hebron HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers set fire to a 1,000-year-old olive tree in central Hebron overnight Friday, witnesses said. Local activist Issa Amro said the group then hurled stones at a community center in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood on

Gaza remembers the ‘Mavi Marmara’

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  Gazan children show their support for Turkish Mavi Marama victims (Photo: Talgha Bendie)  The 31st of May 2012 marked the second anniversary of the Mavi Marmara attack in which nine Turkish activists were killed and many more injured when they attempted to sail to Gaza in order to break the illegal Israeli siege. The