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Israeli military clears Israeli military of war crimes in Gaza

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A Palestinian man lies down among a destroyed house after returning home in the Tufah neighborhood in eastern Gaza City on August 31, 2014. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/ APA Images)

On Wednesday the Israeli military closed its investigation into four cases of mass killings of Palestinian civilians during the 2014 Gaza war. The military report found that in the four cases, which included the deaths of 49 people, the Israeli strikes were legal due to either mistakes, Hamas being responsible or an attack not happening at all.

UN data shows Israel tightened Gaza siege in July

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Palestinian workers demonstrate against the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip during a rally marking May Day, on May 1, 2016, in Gaza City. Israel has maintained a blockade of Gaza since 2006, and recently banned the supply of cement and construction materials for the private sector, citing security concerns. (Photo: Mohammed Asad/ APA Images)

Middle East Monitor reports: New data released by a United Nations agency and an Israeli NGO has confirmed that Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip actually tightened during July.

When the language of genocide offends us more than ghettoizing another people

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Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, who responded to the Black Lives Matter platform by saying, "Anti-Israel rhetoric like that found in the Movement for Black Lives policy platform is especially troubling because it falsely suggests American Jews – both of color and white – must choose between their commitment to combatting racism in the United States and their Zionism."

Marc Ellis says that following the release of the Movement for Black Lives platform the Jewish establishments have taken out their chalkboard to lecture African Americans on their place in society and global discourse. The accusation, with a long tradition, is that African Americans should stick with Black issues – as defined by the Jewish establishment. Ellis doubts it will work this time. “The Movement for Black Lives has placed Jews on notice that we have arrived at the end of ethical Jewish history,” Ellis writes.

Israeli mayor: No Arabs in our pools because their ‘hygiene culture is not like ours’

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Last week the head of the Lower Galilee Regional Council, Moti Dotan, said he didn’t want Arab citizens of Israel using community swimming pools because they have a different “hygiene culture” that is “not like ours.” A Haaretz editorial says Dotan isn’t a racist outlier, but a reflection of the Israeli mainstream: “Dotan’s statement is fed by a leadership that has made the exclusion and isolation of this country’s Arab citizens the backbone of Israeli patriotism.”

Not just financial support but inspiration: your role in advancing Mondoweiss

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When we started our mid-year fundraising campaign a few weeks ago, we asked you, our readers, to guide us on whether to keep growing, and how fast. Your response has been a resounding endorsement—more gifts, in a shorter period, than we anticipated. And readers have sent not just financial support but inspiration. In our last message in the current campaign, and we hope that any of you who have put off giving will take action now. We can’t offer not to ask for donations again in the future, because they are the lifeblood that keeps the site functioning. But we can say that every gift, large or small, is truly appreciated and makes a difference in our ability to deliver more information to more people.

Mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in solidarity with Bilal Kayid continues to grow

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Hunger striker Bilal Kayid, on a poster made by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Ma‘an reports: Ten new Palestinian prisoners on Sunday joined a mass open hunger strike in solidarity with prisoner Bilal Kayid, according to Issa Qaraqe, the head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, a day after reports emerged that Kayid’s health had sharply deteriorated after almost 50 days without food. Qaraqe says that around 100 Palestinian prisoners began solidarity hunger strikes in different Israeli prisons in support of Kayid.

Israel demolishes Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 101st time

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Al-Araqib, an unrecognized village of the Al-Turi Arab Bedouin tribe (8 km north of Beersheba), being demolished for the 54th time in August 2013. (Photo: Eloise Bollack)

Ma‘an reports: Israeli forces demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the Negev region of southern Israel for the 101st time on Wednesday morning. The demolition followed several weeks of Israeli bulldozers entering the community to level lands, which escalated to Israeli police conducting raids on the community and detaining several Bedouins after locals attempted to stop the bulldozers. The first demolition of al-Araqib took place a little over six years ago on June 27, 2010.

A remarkable and dangerous paradox: Why we must invest in more Mondoweiss today

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Mondoweiss coverage of student government elections in the West Bank is just one example of reporting you can't find anywhere else. (Photo: Abed Al Qaisi)

Activist Bill Fletcher, Jr., says “It’s easy to assume that someone else is giving the funds needed for organizations like Mondoweiss to survive, and to assume that survival is enough. But if we want to expand their influence for real change, it will take resources. Our opponents understand this, and they understand it very well. Knowing the pathbreaking, exceptional work of Mondoweiss, I cannot imagine letting it get to the precipice before contributing—and so I give regularly.”

How much should we push to change US policy towards Israel? Your contribution will decide.

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As examples from our recent work show, Mondoweiss consistently, relentlessly and broadly covers United States attitudes toward Israel/Palestine. The last two weeks of American politics show that our work is needed more than ever. In our current fundraising campaign we have asked you to show us through your donations How Much Truth is needed. Please invest today to enable Mondoweiss to push even harder for change.

New directions to grow Mondoweiss’s impact: Which will you invest in?

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In our recent survey, Mondoweiss readers told us you want to understand better why we need donations. So today’s campaign message outlines our top priorities for growth—identified through strategic planning and with input from our readers. Your donations are the only way we can sustain the current work, and are even more essential if you agree with us that more truth-telling to more people is urgently needed.

Let’s change the world by funding our movement: Invest in truth today

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June 15 demonstration at the New York State House in Albany. Photo by Alice Brody.

Prominent activist Nadia Hijab writes: Join me in supporting Mondoweiss because we need it to be a thriving and growing organization – just like we need all the organizations in our movement that support freedom, justice, and equality. We cannot and will not succeed without organizations that have the capacity to launch new and promising ventures to push for justice harder and faster, and who can achieve demonstrable and measurable change in the United States, one of the toughest arenas in the struggle for rights.

How your contributions power Mondoweiss journalism

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Photos of Jehad Shuheibar (10), Afnan Shuheibar (8) , and Wassim Shuheibar (9 ), amid fragments of the missile that killed them July 17, 2014. (Photo: Anne Paq)

Thanks to support from thousands of people, Mondoweiss today is a vital media outlet that informs hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. We are at a turning point to become so much more. Our sources of funding are very limited, so we depend on individual donors like you. We believe that we are effective stewards of your investment—read on to judge for yourself how we spend readers’ funds to advance our work for the movement.

Your support today determines: How much truth?

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Pupils in the village of Khirbet Tana. Still from video by Sheren Khalel and Abed Al Qaisi.

Changing public policy for freedom and justice in Palestine requires more people seeing what the mainstream media blacks out. If you agree that change is urgently needed—and that truth-telling journalism is a necessary tool to get to that change—please help increase Mondoweiss’s impact.

Israeli forces shoot five Palestinians during raid of Sa’ir as siege of southern West Bank continues

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Poster of four young men from occupied Palestinian village, Sa'ir, killed on one day in January. Their names were Ahmad Kawazba, Alaa Abed Kawazba, Muhannad Kawazba, and Khalil al-Shalalda (Photo: Adam Horowitz)

Ma’an reports: “Israeli forces shot and injured at least five Palestinians and detained three others in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron overnight Saturday, as Israeli forces continued to impose a strict siege on the village of Sair after an Israeli man was shot and injured while driving his car around midnight near the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Teqoa.”

900 Gazans are still in need of care for injuries sustained in 2014 war

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A mother and son in the orthopedic department at Ash Shifa hospital, Gaza City, October 2015 (Photo: UN/OCHA)

UN: “In early July 2014, the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that Gaza’s struggling health sector was near to collapse due to the severe shortages of medicines, medical disposables and fuel, and the lack of capacity to expand services to meet population needs. In the days and weeks following that warning, the health sector was confronted with over 11,200 injuries, among them more than 3,800 children, which is the highest number of injuries for such period of time it had ever faced. The challenge to the health system posed by the 2014 hostilities has extended into the present; approximately 900 of those injured sustained some form of permanent disability and require continued attention, while a significant part of the health infrastructure was damaged.”

Elie Wiesel is Dead

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Elie Wiesel (Photo: AP/Bebeto Matthews)

Marc Ellis reflects on the flawed witness of Elie Wiesel. Ellis says Wiesel was deeply corrupted by his use of the Holocaust he suffered so deeply from, but he was hardly alone: “Elie Wiesel was hardly alone in becoming so stuck in Holocaust suffering that he failed to realize or care about what Jewish power was and is doing to the Palestinian people. We, the Jewish people, averted our eyes. We, the Jewish people, became corrupted through our use of unjust power against others.”

Turkish humanitarian organization responsible for Gaza flotilla rejects reconciliation deal with Israel

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Palestinian schoolgirls hold Turkish flag and gather next to a statue erected as a memorial for the victims of the Turkish flotilla Mavi Marmara in the port of Gaza City on March 23, 2013. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/ APA Images)

Israel and Turkey reached agreement to normalize ties, ending a rift over the Israeli navy’s killing of 10 Turkish pro-Palestinian activists who tried to sail to the blockaded Gaza Strip in 2010. The Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, which organized the flotilla to Gaza, rejects the agreement between Turkey and Israel stating, “The blockade of Gaza is unlawful and a crime against the humanity. The blockade has to be lifted”

Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen by ‘mistake’

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15-year-old Mahmoud Raafat Badran (Photo: Ma'an News)

Ma’an News: 15-year-old Mahmoud Rafat Badran and his family had been driving home from a swimming pool late Sunday night when Israeli forces showered their car with gunfire, killing Mahmoud, and seriously injuring his two brothers 16-year-old Amir and 17-year-old Hadi, as well as Daoud Abu Hassan, 16, and Majd Badran, 16.The Israeli army later admitted they “mistakenly” opened fire on the innocent bystanders after Palestinian youth were reportedly throwing stones at Israeli settler vehicles nearby. Israeli media initially reported that Mahmoud and his teenage companions were “terrorists.”

Letters to Hillary

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Susie Day imagines a series of satirical letters from Hillary Clinton’s most ardent admirer: “As Senator, you masterfully voted for the war in Iraq, and have for years expertly supported just about every U.S. military intervention – without losing an ounce of your femininity. As Secretary of State, you deftly orchestrated the bombing of Libya. And when Muammar Gaddafi died, sodomized with a bayonet blade, you wittily quipped on TV news: “We came, we saw, he died.” You even got the State Department to approve $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments gave big bucks to the Clinton Foundation. Take THAT, sexism!”

Israel extends administrative detention for Palestinian circus performer

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(Photo: Amnesty International UK Twitter feed)

On Monday, Israel extended the administrative detention of Muhammad Faisal Abu Sakha, a 23-year-old Palestinian circus performer, in spite of widespread outcry from activists and rights groups around the world demanding his release. A statement released by the Palestinian Circus School, where Abu Sakha worked, said the Israeli occupation is “a system that knows no humanity,” whose only goal is “to break the spirit of an entire nation.” “You (the Israeli occupation) only make our resistance stronger. And the resistance of the Palestinian Circus School has always been and will continue to be injecting hope, love, and happiness in the hearts and minds of all Palestinians and all people that cross our path worldwide.”

Israel destroys Bedouin village al-Araqib for the 99th time

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Al-Araqib, an unrecognized village of the Al-Turi Arab Bedouin tribe (8 km north of Beersheba), being demolished for the 54th time in August 2013. (Photo: Eloise Bollack)

On Thursday, Israeli bulldozers demolished the Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the Negev desert for the 99th time. A local resident told Quds Press that several Bedouin families became homeless again after Israeli bulldozers escorted by police forces stormed the village and razed all their homes.