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Palestinians in E. Jerusalem are detained in greatest number, 770, since Second Intifada

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West Bank / Jerusalem Jerusalem faces largest surge in arrests since 2nd Intifada BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 27 Aug by Charlie Hoyle — Palestinian communities in Jerusalem are experiencing the largest upsurge in detentions since the Second Intifada, with a marked increase in Israeli police brutality and the collective punishment of entire neighborhoods, local organizations say. The

Our new look

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Maybe you noticed our new look? We launched it this morning. It’s the product of months of work by Crowd Favorite and puts the site on a bold new platform, giving us a newsier and more professional appearance. The site has a greater emphasis on photos than before. And more emphasis on fresh news too.

Since the beginning of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in Gaza, Israeli forces have also injured at least 2,139 Palestinians in the West Bank

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Israeli soldiers keep their position during clashes with Palestinian stone throwers at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem on September 21, 2011. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

West Bank As war rages in Gaza, West Bank routine of violence and arrests unabated Haaretz 24 Aug by Amira Hass — Arrests, expulsions, home demolitions, land seizure and settlers harassing Palestinians continues: Since the beginning of the fighting in the south on July 8, soldiers and police have injured 2,139 Palestinians in the West

Soldiers fire on Palestinian protesters in Nablus, including 14-year-old boy

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West Bank: Violence / Raids / Illegal arrests Child seriously wounded near Nablus IMEMC/Agencies 23 Aug by Saed Bannoura — Palestinian medical sources in the northern West Bank city of Nablus have reported many Palestinians were injured, including one child who suffered a serious injury, after Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinian protesters in east Nablus. The

Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame?

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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. So now, after a summer filled with threats and unimaginable violence and with no end in sight, may I ask a question as a Jew – to you, the Israeli government and

At least 20 Palestinians killed as Israel resumes attacks on Gaza

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Official: 20 killed by Israeli strikes since truce collapsed GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 20 Aug — Renewed Israeli attacks on Gaza have killed 20 Palestinians since a temporary ceasefire collapsed on Tuesday, a health ministry spokesman said Wednesday. Ashraf al-Qidra said that Zaki Suleiman al-Rai, 54, died from wounds sustained early Wednesday.  The bodies of Mustafa

‘Lesson: The Jews will defend themselves even if it means killing children’

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Yaacov Lozowick is the state archivist of Israel. A scholar who moved to Israel from Europe, he is a true believer in the necessity of Jewish nationalism. Scott Roth and I once met him in West Jerusalem and had a polite conversation that became more adversarial when it was continued on email in the months

Witnessing 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. As we approach the endgame of this phase of Gaza’s tribulations – for rest assured, Gaza’s tribulations will continue – reporters on the ground are writing and photographing the disaster. Like all

Knight in shining armor?

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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. Well here it is, a Gaza ceasefire proposal that is circulating widely. Would it be worth waiting for? The Times of Israel is reporting the proposal and, if it is agreed upon,

Last weekend for the Mondoweiss summer fundraiser

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Thanks to everyone who has already donated to our summer fundraiser! We have raised some desperately-needed funds so as to bring you the news and analysis you’ve come to expect, and that during a tumultuous period for Israel/Palestine this summer. If you have not already given, please consider making a tax-deductible donation before the fundraising drive

In 2050, US liberals protest Israeli football logo featuring ‘Fightin’ Palestinian’

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UNIFIED JERUSALEM, GREATER ISRAEL (August 14, 2050) Social media is a buzz with righteous indignation over the new Israeli national football jersey sporting a symbol of what looks like a Palestinian youth throwing a rock, right next to the Nike swoosh symbol. Newspaper editorials and liberal commentators are saying it’s time for a change as these

Israel’s latest plan – Abbas to oversee a national security state 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. The ceasefire negotiations continue on. Or will stop and begin again. Does it really matter? Deadlines with Israel should be redefined as bully-lines. Do this, right now, as we say – or

Boycott Israel?

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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 could be any street in Israel, Jerusalem, Haifa or Tel Aviv. Israeli soldiers guarding the public. Israeli soldiers even protect those who come from afar to serve Palestinians in Jerusalem and

Looking for the Palestinian Kirk Douglas

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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 ceasefire did not hold or was allowed to lapse so Israel and Hamas are at it again – asymmetrically. “After the ceasefire before the next ceasefire” is another form of politics.

After Gaza

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Yet another ceasefire is in place. If it doesn’t hold, more carnage will occur until another ceasefire is agreed to. Israel’s invasion can only go so far. With 1.8 million Gazans with nowhere to go, short of a mass expulsion – again there is nowhere else to go – as more than few Israeli commentators

After destroying 10,000 homes, Israel says Gaza can rebuild if it disarms

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Gaza industrial sector hit hard as 134 factories destroyed GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 6 Aug — At least 134 factories were destroyed during Israel’s four-week military offensive in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian industrial union said Wednesday, causing severe damage to an already fragile industrial sector. The union of Palestinian industries said that most factories stopped

The withdrawal that isn’t

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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. Whether it is done, mostly done or just waiting for another opportunity to strike hard, Israel’s announced “withdrawal” from Gaza is a brilliant move. In one stroke, Israel at least partially removes

Reading Amos Oz on 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. Here we go again. Ceasefires that don’t hold. The excuse this time: an Israeli soldier has fallen into Palestinian hands. At least that’s the word from Israel and the US State Department.

Liberation theology and the war 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. To many, Leonardo Boff is a prophet. As a Brazilian Roman Catholic liberation theologian for many years, Boff is respected on the religious left for his outspoken critique of injustice within and

Amira Hass and the end of Jewish ethical history

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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. I like and admire Amira Hass. Her reporting is admirable and more. As a daughter of Holocaust survivors, she has lived through and commented on the contemporary arc of Jewish history. From