WAFA news reports: Israeli army forces demolished a house, set two other homes ablaze, and caused intensive damages to properties during a late night crackdown on Jenin city and the nearby refugee camp, provoking fierce confrontations with local Palestinians, according to local and security forces. According to media sources, at least 40 military vehicles, which were accompanied by bulldozers and squad members of the elite Yamam ‘counter-terrorism unit’, broke into the city in the late night hours and cordoned off the house of Majdi Abul-Heja, a well-known Hamas activist and a former prisoner, in Jenin refugee camp as a prelude to demolishing it.
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From the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America report on its recent national convention: Delegates upheld the UE tradition of taking courageous stands on foreign policy issues when they adopted the resolution on Palestine and Israel that calls for cutting off U.S. aid to Israel, U.S. support for a peace settlement on the basis of self-determination for Palestinians and the right to return. The resolution also endorses the worldwide BDS movement making UE the first U.S. national union to endorse BDS. Speaking for the resolution were Angaza Laughinghouse, Local 150, Matt Braddon, Local 222; Chris Wolford, Local 170; Autumn Martinez and Elizabeth Jesdale, Local 255. Martinez and Jesdale both said they had met Palestinian trade unionists when they attended the World Social Forum in Tunisia, and Martinez said, “It’s absolutely disgusting what is going on. Free Palestine!”
Ma’an and MEMO report: The healthcare system in the Gaza Strip is on the verge of collapse, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said Monday, warning that hospitals could stop operating within hours due to the territory’s energy crisis. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for the ministry, said that “Shifa Hospital, Kamal Adwan hospital, the European Gaza Hospital, and Rantisi Hospital could stop offering services because they are about to run out of fuel.” The Ministry holds the national unity government accountable for any harm that may befall their patients due to “the government’s lack of responsibility.”
Marc Ellis suggests Bernie Sanders visit Tzedek Chicago for High Holiday services this year where Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and Max Blumenthal will be helping bring in the Jewish New Year.
Ma‘an reports: Israeli excavators on Sunday morning began work on infrastructure for two Jewish-only settlements in the former Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev desert in southern Israel, locals said. Locals told Ma‘an that excavators and bulldozers were building a new road under heavy protection of Israeli forces.
Ma’an reports: Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Rimon and Nafha jails on Tuesday continued a campaign of disobedience that was declared on Monday. The campaign will continue until the end of August, the statement said, after which time the prisoners are expected to announce an open-ended hunger strike. “Disobedience” include a boycott of domestic work, daily roll-call, security checks and prison clinics.
Benzi Gopstein, leader of anti-Arab group Lehava, allegedly called for the burning of churches at a panel held this week for Jewish yeshiva students, using ancient Halachic, or Jewish law, to condemn what he called Christian “idol worship.”
From Middle East Monitor: The burning of Palestinian homes by Israeli settlers, as happened in Duma on Friday, “is not a rare incident” says Israeli human rights organisation Yesh Din. The organisation has documented 15 cases where Israeli settlers have burnt or attempted to burn Palestinian homes since 2008. Yesh Din said that the Palestinians submit complaints to the Israeli police stations, however in 10 instances the files were closed without anyone being brought to justice.
Ma‘an reports: The parents and brother of the 18-month-old Palestinian killed in an arson attack on Friday remained in critical condition on Sunday, the Palestinian Authority Minister of Health said. There has been a slight improvement in four-year-old Ahmad al-Dawabsha, but Saad al-Dawabsha suffers from third-degree burns covering 80 percent of his body, while his wife Riham suffers third-degree burns across 90 percent of her body.
Mairav Zonszein writes, “If it had been Palestinians who killed three Israelis, we would be having a very different conversation about a ‘worrying escalation’ or ‘wave of violence.’”
AFP reports: “Most Israeli Jews favour the reconstruction of a block of settlements in the Gaza Strip, a decade after Israel withdrew from the Palestinian territory, a poll published on Monday showed.”
Four weeks ago tomorrow, we announced our midyear fundraising campaign, “Be The Mondoweiss Megaphone.” We set an ambitious goal of $50,000 in donations—more than twice what the site has raised during the same period in other years. Today we are thrilled, humbled and grateful to announce that your contributions have exceeded the goal—and gifts are still coming in! Now, as we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we want to put your support and the site’s progress in context.
We continue to be inspired and moved by the flow of stories readers are sharing with us about their journey to the movement for Palestinian human rights. Today, award-winning author Cathy Sultan shares her story of living in Beirut during the tumultuous 1970s and 80s. If you, like Cathy, believe that the voices in Mondoweiss make a difference for justice in Palestine, please contribute today to continue and expand the work you value.
Pam Bailey shares her journey of going from working in corporate America to fighting war crimes in Gaza. Thanks to a surge in giving, we are nearing our $50,000 goal for the “Be The Mondoweiss Megaphone” campaign! If you believe, like Pam, that the voices in Mondoweiss make a difference for justice in Palestine, please contribute today to continue and expand the work you value.
Marc Ellis writes about Reverend Naim Ateek’s strident and heartbreaking letter to the Episcopal Church expressing his disappointment that it failed to pass a resolution supporting divestment from the Israeli occupation.
Former Congressional candidate Bob Lord shares his journey from courting AIPAC for campaign donations to supporting Palestine solidarity. If you, like Bob, believe that the voices in Mondoweiss make a difference for justice in Palestine, please contribute today to continue and expand the work you value.
IMEMC reports: Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Sunday, the village of Susiya, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and “offered” the villagers to leave their village and lands, and to relocate to different areas allocated by the “Civil Administration Office.”
Rabbi Brant Rosen’s new congregational venture Tzedek Chicago continues to make news. Writing in the Forward, Jonathan Paul Katz thinks that such a non-Zionist venture rooted in universal Jewish values might fill a gap in Jewish life. That said, the issue is much more profound than Katz is aware of.
Want to be inspired? Read Allison Deger’s moving account of how she went from being a college journalist to being a reporter in the West Bank. Please help us raise $50,000 this summer to tell the stories that raise the level of discourse, challenge widespread lies, and help change minds for better policy.
First Moshe Yaalon, the Israeli defense minister, approved the takeover of al-Baraka, a church compound in occupied territory near Bethlehem. Then Israeli forces quelled a demonstration against it
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Haaretz reports: Explosives expert Sami Najar, who the Shin Bet says is a potential danger to national security, is the only one left in detention out of over 100 Gazans arrested last summer. The Shin Bet security service says Najar remains in administrative detention because he has exceptional knowledge about building explosive devices. For now, it is not known when he will be released.