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Starting Monday things will begin to look different around here: we’ll be beginning an experiment with running advertisements on Mondoweiss. This move represents yet another milestone in the evolution of Mondoweiss. We will be celebrating the site’s 10 year anniversary in 2016 and as our audience and influence continue to grow we are constantly looking for ways to sustain our work and make sure we’ll be here over the long haul. Ads are not a silver bullet, but they will help, and we believe they will add value for our readers.

Pediatric and intensive care patients injured as Israeli military fires tear gas into Jerusalem hospital

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An October 2015 protest at al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem   against Israeli military actions at the hospital. (Photo: Ma'an News)

IMEMC reports: “Israeli soldiers fired, on Tuesday evening, two tear gas bombs into the al-Makassed Hospital, in the at-Tour town, in occupied Jerusalem, causing many Palestinians, including patients, to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. Hospital administration said the gas from the soldiers reached the Children’s Ward and the Intensive Care Unit, causing many patients, including children, and visiting family members to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. It added that one woman, accompanying her child in the children’s ward, suffered burns in her hand after carrying one of the gas bombs and throwing it outside.”

On #GivingTuesday, meet our new Development Director

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Tova at a protest against the Israeli invasion of Gaza, July 2014. (Photo: Seher Ali)

On this #GivingTuesday, we are excited to introduce to the Mondoweiss community our new Director of Development and Outreach, Tova Perlmutter. Tova’s responsibility is to increase Mondoweiss’s income, but also to help connect the members of our community in useful and rewarding ways. Those of you who have met Tova since she started helping us last year cannot fail to notice her warmth, high energy and boundless excitement about building the movement for justice in Palestine. Your support for Mondoweiss on #GivingTuesday will help us continue to bring you in-depth reporting on the fight for Palestinian rights—on the ground, in the U.S., and around the world.

Israeli troops detain and interrogate 6-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem

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Israeli soldier detaining 6-year-old Abdullah Youssef. (Photo: Maan News)

Ma‘an reports: Israeli forces detained a six-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem’s ‘Aida refugee camp on Tuesday, locals said. The boy, Abdullah Youssef, was detained as clashes broke out in the area between Israeli military forces and Palestinian youths. The young boy told Ma‘an that Israeli soldiers began firing tear gas into a children’s playground in the refugee camp, forcing him and his friends to flee the area. Israeli soldiers who had entered the camp then detained him as he was running away, and interrogated him for several hours before the Palestinian liaison office intervened to have him released.

Israeli soldiers kill 2 Palestinians in Qalandia refugee camp raid

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IMEMC reports: Monday at dawn, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, and killed two Palestinians, identified as Laith Ashraf Manasra, 25, and Ahmad Abu al-‘Aish, 30. Army sharpshooters also occupied the rooftops of several homes in the refugee camp and shot and injured 34 Palestinians with live rounds. 88 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since October 1st.

‘What I know is that I can’t take it anymore’: Palestinian woman killed by Israeli troops explains decision to carry knife to checkpoint in suicide note

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An Israeli soldier watches as Palestinians cross into Jerusalem from the Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

A 24-year old woman named Rasha Ahmad Hamed ‘Oweissi was killed by Israeli troops Monday morning at a military checkpoint near Qalqiliya in the West Bank when she approached the checkpoint from afar, holding a knife in her hand and a suicide letter in her bag. Eyewitnesses report that she did not pose a threat at anytime. She was simply standing, holding a knife, waiting for the soldiers to shoot her. She is the 80th person to be killed by Israeli forces since October 1st.

I went from Bar Mitzvah to BDS at Temple Emanu-el

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David Harris of the American Jewish Committee

“I just want to know what right you think you have to smear me as an anti-Semite and as a self-hating Jew,” Rob Bryan challenges an anti-BDS gathering in the New York synagogue where he was bar mitzvah’d

Permanently ghettoizing the Palestinian people is Yitzhak Rabin’s true legacy

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Yitzhak Rabin

On the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Isabel Kershner of the New York Times writes that Israelis on both sides of the political spectrum have reached a “pragmatic” consensus on the way forward. If alive today it’s likely Rabin would fit nicely into the “pragmatic” Israeli consensus as he did during his lifetime. Rabin’s pragmatism was the pragmatism of the powerful. The life of Yitzhak Rabin is part of the downward spiral where Jews come to accept the denigration and oppression of another people as “pragmatic.” For in the end, permanently ghettoizing the Palestinian people is the true legacy of Yitzhak Rabin.

Red Crescent: Israeli forces shot and wounded at least 2,617 Palestinians in October

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Israeli soldiers stand guard in front of Palestinian stone throwers during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 5, 2015 after Israel's army shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

A Red Crescent spokesperson told Ma‘an News that at least 760 Palestinians were shot with live rounds across the occupied Palestinian territory, while another 1,857 were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets. He said that a further 5,399 Palestinians were treated for excessive tear gas inhalation during the period, while another 246 were injured in other ways, including assault by Israeli soldiers and burns from tear gas canisters. The spokesperson said that it brought the total injured during October to 8,262 Palestinians.

Living and dying by Netanyahu’s ‘forever’ sword

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Marc Ellis: “In the abyss of Jewish history, Jews must begin again – with Palestinians. This is a sharply-focused way of understanding what I realized many years ago: That the only way to be faithful as a Jew today is to embrace the Jewish covenant, a covenant that has fled from the precincts of Jewish power. That the Jewish covenant, and thus the Jewish prophetic, reside in the Palestinians ghettos Jews have created is difficult for most Jews to contemplate. Perhaps this is why Netanyahu’s “forever” sword signals a fight within and outside Jewish history until the end.”

Has Netanyahu’s revisionism ended the use of the Holocaust as enabler of Israeli injustice toward Palestinians?

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Netanyahu addresses the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.

As Netanyahu’s Holocaust revisionism continues to find its way around the world, Jewish memory is besmirched. That’s the consensus of the many Holocaust historians and political figures that continue to weigh in on Netanyahu’s misreading of Holocaust history. Buried in the outrage, though, is a deeper issue: Rather than the historical details of Holocaust history, how the Holocaust functions in relation to Palestine is the issue at hand. Netanyahu’s misreading of the Holocaust pales in significance to how the Holocaust is used to strengthen Israel at the cost of Palestinian life.

Israeli police evict Palestinian family from East Jerusalem home, give property to settlers for new settlement

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An Israeli settlement in Silwan, September 2015. (Photo: silwanic.net)

Monday morning Israeli police evicted a Palestinian family (Abu Nab) from their home in Silwan and handed the house over to settlers from the extreme right-wing movement “Ateret Cohanim”. Palestinian inhabitants of the neighborhood were put under strict curfew, shut in their homes with no coming in or out under any circumstances. This decision by Israeli government will surely escalate the situation in East Jerusalem. Netanyahu’s statements about preserving the status quo and attempting to de-escalate the situation cannot be reconciled with this act of aggression.

Israeli forces have killed 25 Palestinians since the beginning of October

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Ma‘an reports — Israeli forces shot dead a 13-year-old boy during clashes south of al-Bireh in Ramallah district, medics said. The child, identified as 13-year-old Ahmad Abdullah Sharaka, was shot in the neck with a live round, medics said. He is also the third 13-year-old to be shot dead by Israeli forces in the same time period.

The endless state of emergency

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Israeli soldiers stand guard in front of Palestinian stone throwers during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 5, 2015 after Israel's army shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

As the crisis in Israel-Palestine devolves, with some predicting a third intifada, the YWCA in Jerusalem issued an alert calling Israel’s entrenched military occupation “the Endless State of Emergency.”

Wanted: The killer of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun

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(Image: Shaul Hanuka via Tikun Olam)

Richard Silverstein: “I appeal once again for any Israelis who know this person to step forward and name him. He deserves to be held accountable for what Amnesty International has called an “extrajudicial execution.” Please circulate this poster online everywhere you can.”

Israeli forces fracture teen’s skull as Jerusalem demonstrations continue

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An Israeli border police officer is seen during clashes with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem's old city, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo)

Ma’an reports: Israeli forces fractured the skull of a 13-year-old boy [Mohammad Issa] with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-‘Issawiya overnight Saturday. Israeli forces fired gunshots and stun grenades “haphazardly” at demonstrators protesting the Israeli forces’ presence in the neighborhood, witnesses said. Clashes with Israeli forces in the neighborhood have been ongoing for the second week, as tensions in East Jerusalem heightened due to increased violence and restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

A communal confession on Yom Kippur

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Rabbi Brant Rosen

Rabbi Brant Rosen just published his congregation’s confession that will be prayed on Yom Kippur. Those on the political right and even those progressive Jews who continue to sit on the fence with regard to Israel and Jewish life in America, should take notice. Rabbi Rosen’s confession is wide-ranging. His title, “A Confession of Communal Complicity,” says it all. Unlike most rabbis during the High Holidays, Rabbi Rosen isn’t hiding behind a liturgy developed when Jews had little power. Rabbi Rosen knows that the Jewish situation in the world has changed from powerlessness to power. He isn’t pulling any religious or political punches.