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Israel destroys Bedouin village of Al-Araqib for the 78th 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)

PNN reports: “Israeli forces on Monday razed the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in Negev Desert for the 78th time on the pretext that it had been built illegally, eyewitness said. Local resident told Andalou agency that “Dozens of Israeli forces backed by five bulldozers stormed the village at dawn today and began demolishing homes and other structures, the soldiers were heavily armed. They drove us out under the rain before they demolished our homes for 78th time in four years.””

Despite attempted coverup, Israeli border policeman arrested for murder of Palestinian teen during Nakba Day protest

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CNN footage of Israeli soldier firing at Nadim Nuwara during the Nakba Day protest. (Screenshot: Electronic Intifada)

Haaretz reports: “A Border Police officer arrested Tuesday over the killing of a Palestinian youth during Nakba Day protests six months ago is facing murder charges. His commander was also arrested for allegedly covering up the shooting. The Judea and Samaria District Police on Tuesday detained an enlisted border policeman on suspicion that he shot and killed Palestinian youth Nadim Nuwara.”

Israeli government plans 185 miles of new Jewish settler roads in the West Bank

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Segregated roads: the 4-lane highway in the background is for Israelis; the unusable blocked road in the foreground is for Palestinian Christians & Muslims. (Photo: International Women’s Peace Service via Jews for Justice for Palestinians)

The JTA reports: “The Israeli government has drawn up plans for some 185 miles of roads in the West Bank, largely for the benefit of Jewish settlers. The 44 proposed roads would connect Jewish settlements to each other and nearby Israeli cities, and their construction would require expropriating more than 6,000 acres of land, according to a report by Israel’s i24 News.”

Palestinian citizens of Israel protest across country following police killing of Kheir Hamdan

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Oudeh Basharat writes in Haaretz: “Why bother looking into the circumstances of the killing of Khayr al-Din Hamdan of Kafr Kana? Just watching the police officers throwing him, like a sack of onions, onto the floor of the police car after he was mortally wounded says everything about the value of an Arab’s life. The video shows no hesitation or embarrassment on the part of the ones who took this young man’s life.”

Likud government official latest Israeli politician to make provocative visit to al-Aqsa mosque

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An Israeli policeman aims his tear gas launcher during clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians near the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, on November 5, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli)

Ma‘an reports: Israel’s deputy transportation minister Tzipi Hotovely of the Likud party toured the al-Aqsa mosque compound Tuesday morning while being escorted by Israeli police officers. Commenting on the unwanted visitor, director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani told Ma‘an that “the Israeli occupation continued with its policy of imposing siege on Al-Aqsa Mosque from dawn prayer until noon time.”

Israeli committee to consider plans to build first city for Palestinian citizens in country’s history

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Thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel participated in a rally and “March of Return” on May 6, 2014 to commemorate the Nakba, chanting “Your ‘independence’ day is our Nakba” as Israel marked its 66th Independence Day. (Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Haaretz reports: “A plan to build the first new Arab city in Israel since the establishment of the state will come before the National Planning and Building Council for approval next week. The city, to be built adjacent to the Arab community of Jdeideh Makr, which is just east of the northern coastal city of Acre, is planned for a population of 40,000. Planning for the new city, initiated by the Israel Lands Authority, the Housing and Construction Ministry and the planning administration in the Interior Ministry, has been in the works for the past four years in fulfillment of a 2008 cabinet decision.”

Under cover of night, nine Jewish families take over two buildings in Silwan

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An Israeli flag decorates the right-wing Jewish settler complex of Beit Yonatan in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. March 1, 2010. (Photo: David Silverman/Getty Images Europe)

972 mag reports: “Nine Jewish Israeli families took over two empty buildings in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem overnight Sunday. According to the NGO Ir Amim, the families took control over 10 housing units in two buildings in the heart of Silwan. They moved in under the auspices of Ateret Cohanim, a settler organization based in the Muslim quarter of the Old City that works to create a Jewish demographic majority in East Jerusalem.”

Israeli settlers set West Bank mosque aflame in ‘price tag’ arson attack

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Hebrew graffiti spray-painted on a wall at the entrance of a mosque that had been set alight in the West Bank village of Aqraba, near Nablus October 14, 2014. The graffiti reads, "Price tag. Tapuah is Kahane".   (Photo: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)

Reuters reports: “A mosque [Abu Baker al-Saddiq] was set alight in a suspected arson attack in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday and the name of an Israeli vigilante group called ‘price tag’ was found scribbled on an outside wall, Palestinian officials and witnesses said. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemned the incident in ‘Aqraba, a village east of Nablus, and urged Israel’s police chief to head an investigation adding that the case ‘should be treated as terrorism.'”

Israeli settlers terrorize annual Palestinian olive harvest

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Ma‘an reports: A large group of Israeli settlers on Saturday morning violently beat a young Palestinian woman while she was picking olives from trees in an orchard in the village of Yasuf in the Salfit district in the central West Bank, a Palestinian official said.

‘Only a suicidal country doesn’t recognize the Bedouin problem': Israeli minister seeks ways to lower Bedouin birthrate

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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)

Haaretz reports: “Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir said during a visit to the south on Sunday that he was examining ways to lower the birthrate of the Bedouin community. Shamir heads the ministerial committee on Bedouin resettlement arrangements. “We have to take all the Bedouin and get them out of the desert a bit and bring them closer to a normal state from the perspective of legislation, life expectancy, education and livelihood,” Shamir said. “Perhaps we could even deal with the phenomenon of multiple wives to reduce the birthrate and raise the standard of living.”

West Bank settlers exporting dates labelled as ‘Made in Palestine’

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An Israeli date palm orchard in the Jordan Valley. (Photo: Moti Milrod/Haaretz)

Middle East Monitor reports: “Along one of the roads in the city of Ariha in the north of the occupied West Bank, merchants Khaldoun and Hassan regularly receive 30 tons of dates produced in the neighbouring Israeli agricultural settlements, in preparation for their transfer to one of the packaging factories built on the outskirts of the city, Anadolu news agency reported. Inside the factory, about 13 miners are working on “screening” the dates and repackaging them in bags that read “dates of the Holy Land” in both Arabic and English and “Made in Palestine” in order to market them locally, in the Arab states and in Europe.”

After war, children in Gaza return to school

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The girl in this photo didn't wear the school uniform; she wore the last dress her mother bought for her - she lost all her family. (Photo: Mohammed Zeyara/Facebook)

The AP reports: Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings

Report: 10,000 have fled Gaza in past 8 months due to siege and Israeli attack

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Palestine News Network reports: Numbers of Palestinians from Gaza illegally emigrating to Egypt and Europe have tripled since the Israeli assault on the enclave, sources told PNN. It is claimed as many as 10,000 people have fled in the last 8 months as life in Gaza has become unbearab

‘It’s 120 years that the world has opposed our construction, and we’ll continue to do it': Naftali Bennett defends Israeli settlement expansion

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Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters)

Israeli government ministers Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni argue that the Israeli government’s decision to appropriate nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land to build settlements in the West Bank will hurt Israel internationally, but Economy Minister Naftali Bennett says “It’s 120 years that the world has opposed our construction, and we’ll continue to do it.”

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

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

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

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