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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.

Palestinians commemorate the Naksa

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Palestinians take part in a demonstration to mark Naksa Day, in the West Bank city of Hebron, on June 04, 2016.  (Photo: Wisam Hashlamoun/APA Images)

Sunday June 5th marks the 49th anniversary of the day known to Palestinians as the ‘Naksa’ [‘setback’], the day that the Israeli military occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and Sinai peninsula. During the Naksa, around 300,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes, and became refugees. 49 years later, the military occupation continues.

The Results Are In: What we learned from the Mondoweiss Reader Survey

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Mondoweiss’s recent reader survey taught us a lot about our readers – who you are, what you like and don’t like about our work, and what you are hoping for in the future. We had over 1,000 surveys completed during the three weeks the survey was live! We are grateful to all who took the time to respond to the survey, and we present here some highlights of the information and insights we received.

78% of Israelis support annexing West Bank settlement Ma’aleh Adumim

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The Israeli flag flying over Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters)

On Tuesday, the Knesset “Land of Israel” caucus called to annex the major West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim, citing a poll showing nearly 78 percent of Israelis support the move. The push came in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying he is open to negotiating based on the Arab Peace Initiative.

‘His only crime was that he’s not Jewish’: Israeli police caught on video attacking Palestinian in Tel Aviv

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Video of Israeli police attacking (Video: Ha'aretz/YouTube)

Off-duty Border Police officers in civilian clothes savagely assaulted a Palestinian supermarket worker in central Tel Aviv on Sunday after he refused to identify himself because he didn’t know who they were, according to eyewitnesses. “The blows were murderous, from the guy and from one of his friends. I’ve never seen anything like it. Teeth were flying through the air. The Arab was torn apart,” Erez Krispin, an eyewitness, wrote in a Facebook post.

Youth Against Settlements: Hebron closed military zone ended following activist campaign

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(Graphic: Youth Against Settlements)

Press release: “Youth Against Settlements is pleased to announce that the closed military zone orders in Hebron were not renewed today by the Israeli military. The Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron had been under closed military zone orders since November 1, 2015 with the order having been renewed at 2-4 week intervals. Youth Against Settlements attributes (YAS) this success to the Open the Zone campaign that YAS and International Solidarity Movement (ISM) launched on May 3. The campaign involved video testimony of families and individuals living in the closed military zone describing the difficulties the closed military zone created for their lives. “

Israeli siege causes Gaza sewage crisis that now threatens Israel

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Sewage flows from an outlet into the sea in front of Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

AP reports: “Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into the Gaza Strip’s Mediterranean beachfront, spewing out of a metal pipe and turning miles of once-scenic coastline into a stagnant dead zone. The sewage has damaged Gaza’s limited fresh water supplies, decimated fishing zones, and after years of neglect, is now floating northward and affecting Israel as well, where a nearby desalination plant was forced to shut down, apparently due to pollution.”

UN agency says Israeli ban on cement preventing reconstruction in Gaza

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Palestinians walk an hour and a half from Gaza City to their homes in Shuja’iyeh during the ceasefire in order to collect personal items, July 25, 2014.. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Ma‘an reports, “Israel’s punitive ban on cement imports into the Gaza Strip has prevented hundreds of families from rebuilding their homes devastated by the 2014 war, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a press release Thursday. As a result of the debilitating cement scarcity and price increases, ‘organizations providing assistance have had to suspend cash assistance for house repairs to over 1,370 families.'”

One Week Left In Mondoweiss Reader Survey: Please Participate

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One week left to participate in Mondoweiss’s current reader survey! Please join hundreds of others and help shape our work by giving your views on the site’s content, the ease and value of sharing it, and how we finance the work. We’re very grateful for your time and effort, and as a thank-you we’ll do one more drawing next week for three people to receive a copy of Mondoweiss’s new print publication.

Israel closes crossing to Gaza for Passover

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Kerem Shalom Crossing  to Gaza (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)

Ma‘an reports, “Israeli authorities closed the Kerem Shalom crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel from Thursday for the end of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Head of the PA’s Crossings and Border Department, Nathmi Mhanna, told Ma‘an the crossing would be sealed until Sunday with the exception of fuel entering the besieged enclave.”

Tidbits from Reader Survey: Please Add Your Ideas To The Mix

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We’ve received hundreds of responses to Mondoweiss’s current reader survey, still open for two more weeks. Please join those helping us and have your say on the site’s content, the ease and value of sharing it, and how we finance the work. We’re very grateful for your time and effort in providing feedback. And remember, respondents can choose to be entered into a weekly drawing for a copy of Mondoweiss’s new print publication.

Israel destroys Bedouin village al-Araqib for the 97th 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)

Israeli forces on Tuesday destroyed the unrecognized Bedouin community of al-Araqib in the Negev for the 97th time, amid a record-high wave of demolitions to be carried out by Israel this year. Al-Araqib resident Salim Abu Mdeighem told Ma‘an News that riot police from Israel’s Yasam unit raided the community before securing the entrance of two bulldozers that carried out the demolitions.

Update on Reader Survey: A Treasure Trove of Ideas!

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It’s been less than 60 hours since we launched a Mondoweiss reader survey, and over 400 people have shared feedback with us. Wow! Our original goal was 1,000 responses but given the quantity and quality of thoughtful input we now are hoping for 4,000-5,000 total. Each Friday we’ll draw three respondents’ names to send our new publication, “The World The Settlers Made.” Help us out — take the survey today!

Tell Us What You Think: The 2016 Mondoweiss Reader Survey

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2016 marks the ten year anniversary of Mondoweiss and for the first time we are running a reader survey. Tell us — what would you like to see on Mondoweiss? What do you like about what we do, and what we can do better? Each week the survey is open we will be giving away copies of our new publication, “The World The Settlers Made” to readers who have shared their thoughts so please help us by filling one out today!

Israel demolishes children’s playground near Nablus

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The Israeli army flattened  the Za'atara park within a few minutes. It was the only place for children to play in the town of Beita, south of Nablus.
(Photo: The Palestinian Information Center)

Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished a children’s playground near Nablus amid a mass escalation in demolitions across the occupied territories. A PA official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank told Ma‘an that Israeli authorities gave no prior notice before demolishing the park, which was built last year with around $60,000 donated by Belgium.

Palestinians mark 68th anniversary of Deir Yassin massacre

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Ruins of homes left empty from the Deir Yassin Massacre, 1986. (Photo: deiryassinremembered.org)

Palestinians on Saturday marked the 68th anniversary of the massacre of more than 100 Palestinian civilians carried out by Zionist paramilitary groups in the village of Deir Yassin in 1948 prior to the establishment of Israel. Deir Yassin has long been a symbol of Israeli violence for Palestinians because of the particularly gruesome nature of the slaughter, which targeted men, women, children, and the elderly in the small village west of Jerusalem.