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The endless state of emergency

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Israeli soldiers stand guard in front of Palestinian stone throwers during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 5, 2015 after Israel's army shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

As the crisis in Israel-Palestine devolves, with some predicting a third intifada, the YWCA in Jerusalem issued an alert calling Israel’s entrenched military occupation “the Endless State of Emergency.”

Wanted: The killer of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun

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Richard Silverstein: “I appeal once again for any Israelis who know this person to step forward and name him. He deserves to be held accountable for what Amnesty International has called an “extrajudicial execution.” Please circulate this poster online everywhere you can.”

Israeli forces fracture teen’s skull as Jerusalem demonstrations continue

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An Israeli border police officer is seen during clashes with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem's old city, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo)

Ma’an reports: Israeli forces fractured the skull of a 13-year-old boy [Mohammad Issa] with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-‘Issawiya overnight Saturday. Israeli forces fired gunshots and stun grenades “haphazardly” at demonstrators protesting the Israeli forces’ presence in the neighborhood, witnesses said. Clashes with Israeli forces in the neighborhood have been ongoing for the second week, as tensions in East Jerusalem heightened due to increased violence and restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

A communal confession on Yom Kippur

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Rabbi Brant Rosen

Rabbi Brant Rosen just published his congregation’s confession that will be prayed on Yom Kippur. Those on the political right and even those progressive Jews who continue to sit on the fence with regard to Israel and Jewish life in America, should take notice. Rabbi Rosen’s confession is wide-ranging. His title, “A Confession of Communal Complicity,” says it all. Unlike most rabbis during the High Holidays, Rabbi Rosen isn’t hiding behind a liturgy developed when Jews had little power. Rabbi Rosen knows that the Jewish situation in the world has changed from powerlessness to power. He isn’t pulling any religious or political punches.

Israeli forces provoke violent clashes during invasion of Jenin refugee camp

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Palestinians stand on the rubble of a house which was demolished by Israeli security forces during an overnight raid in the West Bank city of Jenin to arrest an alleged Hamas member, on September 1, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/ JAAFAR ASHTIYEH)

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.

First national trade union in the US votes to endorse BDS

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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!”

Gaza Ministry of Health: Hospitals on the verge of collapse

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Palestinian physician Allam Nayef checks the report of a patient in the ICU at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, July 19, 2014, where the power goes off repeatedly under daily rolling blackouts and many items are in short supply. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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.”

Israeli begins construction of Jewish-only town on ruins of demolished Bedouin village

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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.

Israel begins using drones to monitor West Bank protests

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An IDF drone over the West Bank village of Bil’in. (Photo: Haitham Khatib)

Haggai Matar writes in +972 mag: “Participants in the weekly protests against the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bil‘in were surprised Friday to find that the army was using a new tool to put down the demonstrations. For the first time, a small drone equipped with four propellers and a camera hovered above the protesters as they marched toward the wall and chanted slogans. I asked the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit what the purpose of the drone was; I have yet to receive a response.”

Palestinian civil disobedience campaign spreads across Israeli prisons

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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.

‘Not a rare incident’: Israel settlers have attempted to firebomb Palestinian homes at least 15 times since 2008

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A man from Duma peeks into the bedroom in which toddler Ali Dawabsheh was burned to death. (Photo: Jen Marlowe)

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.

Mother, father and brother of slain Palestinian toddler all remain in critical condition following settler attack

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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.

Thank you to Mondoweiss’s growing community, spreading the word near and far

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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.

My Political Epiphany: At no time has our collective engagement been more urgently needed

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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.

‘I finally belonged somewhere’: How knowing Palestine has made me a better person

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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.

Naim Ateek’s moral arc of the universe

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Reverend Naim Ateek

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.

Why Hope Springs Eternal: ‘If I Can Make This Journey, Anyone Can.’

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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.