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American (New Englander); Muslim; A.B., M.A. in political science; former ISM volunteer in the West Bank

Tensions rise on Temple Mount as rightwing Jews seek to hold Passover rituals there

Richard Silverstein exposes the rightwing Temple Institute’s plans for the Temple Mount, even as six Palestinians are arrested for throwing stones in protest of rightwing Jewish encroachment on the holy site

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On Easter week, Shaath says millions of Palestinians are denied access to Jerusalem

‘Every Easter we hope for the resurrection of our people as a free nation’,” said Nabil Shaath, decrying lack of access to Jerusalem

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Israel to annex 1,000 dunam of Palestinian land; Peace Now spox: ‘faithful reflection of Netanyahu policy to extinguish last embers of negotiations with Palestinians’

Haaretz: Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has given the state the green light to retroactively legalize the Netiv Ha’avot outpost in Gush Etzion, declaring 984 dunams around the outpost state land in what is the largest appropriation of territory in the West Bank in many years.

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Land seizures– near Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin and in Jordan Valley

Destroying another shepherd’s lands and holdings in the Jordan Valley — Gideon Levy at Haaretz reports

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Rioting settlers clash with Israeli police at colony deep in West Bank

Jews clash with Jews at Yitzhar settlement in W.B.: “[Settlers] are spitting in our faces, humiliating us instead of thanking us”, one soldier said. Another soldier stated that, while the army is guarding them, “they are stabbing us in the back”,

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Israeli restrictions over Palestinian movement violate Christian religious freedom during Easter

Ma‘an: A group of Christians from East Jerusalem on Sunday said that Israel’s restrictions on Palestinian mobility resulted in violations of religious freedoms. The statement, signed “Palestinian Christian Organizations in Occupied East Jerusalem,” complained that Christians are often denied access to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Easter holidays. Each Easter, checkpoints are erected “at the Gates and in the alley, thus preventing the worshipers from free access to the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the vicinity of the Christian Quarter.”

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Israel hears Palestinian objections to archaeological project in Jerusalem and — approves it!

Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction on movement Israel OKs controversial E. Jerusalem archaeological project Jerusalem (AFP) Fri 4 Apr – Israel has approved a controversial archaeology project in annexed east Jerusalem, the interior ministry said … Continue reading

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‘America is Nazi Germany’ — Jewish extremists spraypaint Jerusalem convent in ‘pricetag’ attack

Mary is a cow, Jewish extremist spraypainted in Hebrew on a convent wall west of Jerusalem, in what police call a ‘pricetag’ attack, punishing Palestinians for Israeli government actions

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First Land Day, in ’76, marked a turning point in Palestinian struggle

Electronic Intifada publishes a history of Land Day, demonstrating the necessity to Zionism of Judaizing Palestinian land in the Galilee, as a seed of an important component of the Palestinian struggle

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Israeli bulldozers destroy mosque and medical center in East Jerusalem

Who made the bulldozers that destroyed a Palestinian building in East Jerusalem that housed apartments, a medical center, and a mosque? Is that company deserving of boycott?

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Over half of all Israeli land sales in 2014 have been in the occupied territories

Haaretz reports the Israel Lands Authority published tenders for land to build some 3,050 residential units in the first quarter of 2014, but only 45 units are in the center of the country and 55% are in the West Bank or East Jerusalem.

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Activists shut down Israeli checkpoint in response to Jenin killings while militants promise ‘painful’ retaliation

Ma‘an reports that activists from the peaceful popular resistance movement on Saturday shut down the Beit El checkpoint north of Ramallah in protest against the killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces in Jenin earlier in the day.

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Israel approves 186 new settlement homes, and moves forward with plans for 2,269 more

AFP reports that Israel has progressed with plans for more than 2,000 new homes in six West Bank settlements in a move likely to further endanger peace talks.

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Knesset to extend discriminatory law preventing Palestinian families from living together

From Haaretz: Security services cite current situation in the Gaza Strip, including the rise of Islamic Jihad and Hamas’ governance, as reasons to extend law — …The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, which is worded as a temporary order, concerns reunification among families whose entry into Israel represents a security risk in the eyes of the security services.

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So far in 2014, 18 Gaza Palestinians have been killed and 110 injured in Israeli attacks

IMEMC 15 Mar by Chris Carlson — A Gaza official said that the number of the Gaza Palestinians killed by Israel since early 2014, as a result of military escalation, has increased to 18.

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Palestinian teen in critical condition after being shot by Israeli soldiers during West Bank protest

Violence / Raids / Clashes / Suppression of protests / Illegal arrests Israeli soldiers ‘shoot, critically injure’ Palestinian teen HEBRON (Ma‘an) 14 Mar — Israeli soldiers shot and critically injured a Palestinian teenager during a protest in Beit Ummar north … Continue reading

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Israel demolishes Bedouin village al-Araqib for the 66th time

(Ma‘an) 12 Mar — Israeli forces demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 66th time on Wednesday, leaving dozens of people in the open despite heavy rains.

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Water service restored to thousands of Palestinians in East Jerusalem after three-day outage

Haaretz 9 Mar by Nir Hasson — The water supply to a refugee camp and three neighborhoods in East Jerusalem was partially restored Friday morning after a three-day disruption in service. Tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the Shoafat camp and the adjacent neighborhoods of Ras Hamis, Ras Shehada and Hashalom suffer ongoing water shortages but on Tuesday, faucets went entirely dry. In the refugee camp alone, 20,000 residents were affected, according to the United Nations.

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2013 was record year in new settlement construction, and 2014 rate is already higher

Tenth annual Israeli apartheid week kicks off globally

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Two Gazans killed by a missile strike, and hundreds mourn

Life here is hell on earth, a Gaza man says of the constant fire near the border with Israel

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Call to prayer in Hebron was forbidden 49 times in a month because it annoyed settlers

Israeli occupying authorities want to lower the volume on the Muslim call to prayer in Jerusalem

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The killing of Muataz Washaha

The Electronic Intifada does a bravura investigation of the killing of a Palestinian youth who preferred resisting arrest to returning to prison

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Gaza boy in coma after being shot in head with teargas canister at demonstration

Families members in Gaza are arrested on charges of honor killings in deaths of two women

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Fadel Abu Odwan, 13, in critical condition after being shot by Israeli military in Gaza

IMEMC Sat 22 Feb by Chris Carlson — A Palestinian child, age 13, has been seriously injured, on Friday evening, as Israeli forces east of Rafah fired at him. Al Ray reports that medical sources at Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in the southern Gaza Strip said Fadel Abu Odwan, 13, was shot in the pelvis, assessing his this status as critical.

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In occupied Jerusalem, an Arab-Jewish couple see their home demolished

Electronic Intifada reports that SodaStream is going to open a factory in the Negev, as part of Israel’s project for collectivization of Bedouins

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