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The green line is gone: Hundreds of Palestinian citizens of Israel detained following protests

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West Bank / Jerusalem / Historic Palestine Following wave of protests, Israel arrests scores of Arab activists, minors 972blog 23 July by Hagar Sheizaf (Translated by Ofer Neiman) — Hundreds of Arab citizens of Israel have been detained in recent weeks, including dozens of minors. Abusive interrogations and preemptive arrests suggest that many of the

Israel’s ‘defeat’

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. John Kerry in Israel. Is he preparing to offer US troops to help enforce a ceasefire in Gaza? I wouldn’t be surprised, though accepting an overt American military presence in or near

Burning children

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Last night, amidst the murderous Israeli assault on Gaza, I heard from a friend who recalled a passage I wrote in 1987: As risky and problematic as it is, we are called

Israel’s iron fist

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. From Iron Dome to Iron Fist. This is how Naftali Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, defined Israel’s invasion of Gaza yesterday. Truth be known it was Iron Fist all along. The difference between

‘I am a Jew. Israel is NOT My State’

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Cease-fires come and go. Until there is one that stays, then comes and goes again. Public statements, accusations and moral outcries proliferate. Old voices are heard from again. New voices join the

Ceasefire. Tightening the Gordian Knot?

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Yet another ceasefire? The people of Gaza need it badly. But what Gaza needs badly isn’t the only or best option in the long run. Maybe that’s why Hamas is a reluctant

Latest from Gaza: Israel targets houses, mosques, disabled center and essential infrastructure, 14 more Palestinians killed

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[View the story "UNRWA updates from Gaza" on Storify] Only a selection of the many hundreds of articles written during this fraught week Gaza Saturday morning: Israeli airstrikes target mosques, center for disabled youth, killing 14 IMEMC 12 July by Saed Bannoura — Airstrikes continue; Israeli officials say ground invasion imminent — Two young, disabled

Where was God in the Warsaw Ghetto? Or in Gaza?

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Is there a theological lesson in the ongoing bombing and perhaps soon to be invasion of Gaza? The West Bank has already been invaded – and looted. With scores of “kidnapped” prisoners

Autopsy report shows Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burned to death; reports spread of other possible abductions

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More attempts – failed and successful — to abduct Palestinians Locals: Settlers try to kidnap 7-year-old in Beit Hanina JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 4 July — Israeli settlers attempted to kidnap a seven-year-old Palestinian child in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina overnight Thursday, locals said. Witnesses told that four settlers from Pisgat Zeev tried to kidnap

Real and surreal in occupied Palestine

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. From a correspondent in Jerusalem: Life is surreal. I am sitting in the educational bookstore listening to lovely Arab music answering emails with the sound of helicopters overhead and old men sauntering

The rationality of Israel’s War

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. In a Facebook comment about a photo of burning rubble accompanying the Israeli bombing of Gaza after the death of the three kidnapped Israelis was confirmed, the longtime justice activist, Rabbi Lynn

Victory’s unintended consequences

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. It isn’t time for an evaluation of the recent victory among Presbyterians in the BDS struggle. After all, the after-glow of victory should be enjoyed for at least week or two. But

After the celebration: Kidnapping and assaulting an entire nation

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The victory for divestment in the Presbyterian biannual convention last night is being widely heralded and rightly so. The work of many Christians – and Jews – over the years is finally

Hunting for missing justice

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Here we go again. Israel has launched – yet another – full-scale invasion of the West Bank. This in response to the kidnapping of three Israelis. Or is this a cover for

PA condemns Israeli ‘collective punishment’ following disappearance of Israeli teens

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PA: Israeli imposing ‘collective punishment’ on Palestinian people RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 15 June — The Palestinian Authority on Sunday condemned the Israeli arrest campaign across the West Bank and airstrikes against the Gaza Strip, denouncing the “collective punishment of the Palestinian people” by Israeli forces. Spokesman for the Palestinian national consensus government Ehab Bessaiso on Sunday

Risk!

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Before the uproar begins and emails accuse me of betraying the side of justice or for not cheerleading loud enough, let me assure the reader: I support the BDS resolution at the

Pardon our interruption

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As many of you noticed, readers and writers were not able to log into the website for a couple of hours this morning. For a good reason, it happens: We had to upgrade servers due to our recent growth in traffic, over 200,000 visits in each of the past two weeks.  We’re grateful for the traffic,