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Documentary on Israeli-Palestinian dialogue — ‘Pomegranates’ — leaves the viewer even more despairing

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A new documentary on the conflict, In the Land of Pomegranates, suggests that Israelis and Palestinians only need to understand the other’s narratives of victimization to overcome their differences and get along. But its portraits of young Palestinians and Israelis scarred by violence shows that only outside pressure and structural political change will allow the two peoples to get along, and the film’s politics are meaningless.

Norman Finkelstein’s ‘Gaza’ is an exhaustive act of witness

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Marilyn Garson reviews Norman Finkelstein’s new book ‘Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom’: “Finkelstein has set out to deconstruct the false narrative of war in Gaza, by refuting its component parts.  One by one.  Finkelstein is an author, activist and scholar with decades of archives and outrage to bring. ‘Gaza’ is one exhaustive act of witness.”

‘Curricularizing Israel’– the Hebrew program in suburban Chicago schools

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Pro-Israel groups are working to save the Hebrew program at Evanston Township High School, north of Chicago, where enrollment has slipped in recent years to only 34 students. “The message of these Hebrew programs are clear: If you’re going to learn Hebrew, you’re going to learn to love Israel.  No room exists for students to master the language while disagreeing with Israel’s policies”–writes Liz Rose, former Hebrew teacher in a Chicago area public school, who lost her job when she attempted to show students the Palestinian side of the story.

Jailed for 36 years, Karim Younis is now the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner

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“Karim Younis, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody, marked his 36th year in Israeli prison on Saturday,” reports Ma’an News Agency, “While Younis was among some 20 imprisoned Palestinian citizens of Israel who were expected to be released as part of the Oslo peace accords in the 1990s, Israeli authorities have yet to release them.”

17-year-old Mus’ab Firas al-Tamimi is the first Palestinian killed by Israel in 2018

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Israeli forces killed 17-year-old Mus‘ab Firas al-Tamimi from the West Bank village of Deir Nitham near Ramallah. “He died shortly after the occupation forces fired a bullet into his neck,” a spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry told Al Jazeera. Mus‘ab was a member of the Tamimi family, who live in the adjacent village of Nabi Saleh.

Ahed and Nour Tamimi charged with assault, Nariman Tamimi charged with incitement for broadcasting encounter on Facebook

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The Palestinian prisoner’s network Samidoun reports the Tamimi women have been charged in Israeli military court: “Palestinian teen and youth activist Ahed Tamimi, 16, whose arrest and detention by the Israeli occupation military has drawn worldwide attention, was charged in an Israeli military court with multiple allegations on Monday, 1 January. Her mother, Nariman, was also charged with several allegations related to the Tamimi family’s anti-occupation organizing and expression; the detention of both Ahed and her mother was extended for an additional eight days, until next Monday, when the military court will convene again.”

The Most Important Voice for Truth: Yours

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You are the person for whom Mondoweiss gathers and delivers news. Whether you’ve donated to our year-end fundraising drive, will do it today in the last hours of our drive, or you share what you learn from Mondoweiss with others, you are one of the Thousand Voices for Truth. We are grateful for every dollar you invest and every action you take to bring the world the truth from Palestine.

I’m proud to stand with Cindy Corrie in this fight

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Phil Weiss writes: I am proud and grateful to share Cindy’s endorsement of Mondoweiss. I hope you’ll join Cindy in donating: your gift today will help release $60,000 in additional challenge funds.

Smart, sophisticated and strategic: less than 60 hours left to join Mondoweiss’s Thousand Voices for Truth

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Mondoweiss has about $23,000 left to raise to meet the challenge of four visionary supporters: to raise $100,000 by the end of 2017. They will provide an additional $60,000 toward journalism that powers justice if we meet their challenge–and I know that because you value Mondoweiss, we can still get to the finish line. We are extremely grateful to all who have contributed already, and thanks in advance to those who will take action now to keep the information flowing.

Video: What would we do without Mondoweiss?

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Mark Braverman, a writer for Mondoweiss as well as a longtime reader, is one of the Thousand Voices for Truth. He shares his reasons for valuing the site, and asks you to check out a short video that showcases amazing photos from the site. Please watch, share and donate: your gift today will help release $60,000 in additional challenge funds.

Palestinian teen in viral arrest photo released on bail following interrogation and torture

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When Fawzi Mohammad al-Juneidi, 16, was arrested and assaulted by 23 Israeli soldiers on December 7th a photo of the incident went viral around the world. Yesterday al-Juneidi was released on 10,000 shekel bail and rushed to the hospital for specialized treatment for a fracture in his shoulder. The teen says during his incarceration he was kept in a dark room where he was beaten. “I felt I was going to fall unconscious as a result of torture,” al-Juneidi was quoted as saying.

New Israeli train line with station named after Trump was built on stolen Palestinian land

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The Israeli government has announced that a stop on a new train line connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will be named after Donald Trump. The station will be near the Western Wall in occupied East Jerusalem, and honor is meant to mark Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The train line in question was already controversial as it was built in part of land taken from the West Bank village of Beit Iksa.

What it takes to make change for Palestine: see what longtime activists say

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Today, read the words of some more of the Thousand Voices for Truth. Three seasoned activists have shared their analyses and personal stories on Mondoweiss over the years. Please read why they value Mondoweiss as an outlet to inform and strengthen the movement for justice in Palestine. And add your voice to the thousand by investing today in responsible journalism at Mondoweiss.

Israel has detained 148 Palestinian children since Trump’s Jerusalem speech 2 weeks ago

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Israeli forces detained 28 Palestinians overnight Tuesday from occupied territories, including a 15-year-old. That brings the total number of Palestinians detained by Israeli forces since the beginning of the protests that followed US President Donald Trump’s’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to 490, including 148 minors and 11 women.

Beyond clickbait: Mondoweiss delivers critical analysis from leading experts

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Phil Weiss is proud that Mondoweiss’s regular Voices for Truth include academic experts whose professional lives are devoted to research and writing at the leading edge of scholarship. Scholars like Nada Elia, Richard Falk, and Steven Salaita value Mondoweiss as a channel to share their analysis with the public. Please give today to keep us publishing intellectual heavyweights.

This city that isn’t one: fragments on a fragmented city

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The logic of so-called unification of Jerusalem is one of increasing maximum mobility rights to Israeli Jews in the occupied Palestinian populated areas while providing minimum resident rights to Palestinians in turn. Jerusalem is a city that emblematizes partition as such. Divided, it divides. And the more it is said to be unified, the more divided it is. For the unification is not about unity but about militarized colonial control. A city that is colonized and occupied cannot be unified but by force.

One in a Thousand: The Art and Wit of Carlos Latuff

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Today as part of our “Thousand Voices for Truth” campaign we’re highlighting Mondoweiss’s gifted political cartoonist Carlos Latuff. Read on to learn more about Carlos and the incredible impact his cartoons are having worldwide. Please give today so Mondoweiss can keep showing you his thought-provoking art.

Israel opens an investigation into army for killing double-amputee in Gaza

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The Israeli military said Sunday it has opened an investigation into the fatal shooting of Ibrahim Abu Thraya, a paraplegic Palestinian man who was shot in the head during a demonstration along Gaza’s border with Israel. Abu Thraya is being hailed as a hero and his death has emerged as a rallying cry among Palestinians against Trump’s dramatic declaration, which they largely saw as siding with Israel. “We were telling him not to go (to the border), but he would not listen to us. He said ‘this is Jerusalem; if I don’t go to defend it, who will?’” said Raed al-Komi, Abu Thraya’s half-brother

UN Security Council to vote on resolution against Trump’s Jerusalem decision as mass protest continues across the occupied territories

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While the Trump administration has been firm in its commitment to go through with the unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, today the United Nations Security Council will vote on a resolution against the move, pushing the U.S. president to take back the controversial recognition. In response to the U.S.’s anticipated veto, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), plans to get the resolution taken to the General Assembly through the “Uniting for Peace” mechanism in the UN, which was created to deal with stalemates in the Security Council.