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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

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

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

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

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

Netanyahu to settler leaders: ‘I fight for you’

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Netanyahu to settlers: I’m fighting for you, but there are international constraints Haaretz 29 May by Barak Ravid — Leaders of the Yesha Council of settlements met Wednesday evening with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and asked him to bring an end to the months-long freeze on planning, construction, and marketing of West Bank and East

Israeli Housing Minister predicts massive settler population growth over next five years

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Right-wing minister predicts explosive growth in settler population Reuters 16 May — The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank could grow by as much as 50 percent by 2019, Israel’s ultra-nationalist construction minister said on Friday … Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel, a member of the hard-line Bayit Yehudi party in Prime

Israeli teens take celebratory selfie in police custody after attacking Palestinian car

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Youths arrested for stoning Arab man’s car in Afula protest, take ‘selfie’ in police station Jerusalem Post 11 May by Ben Hartman — An Afula rally to commemorate the life of a local teenager murdered in a suspected terror attack became heated late Saturday night, with some participants throwing rocks at cars belonging to Israeli

New iNakba app created to help refugees maintain connection to their home

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The Nakba Remembering the Nakba: Israeli group puts 1948 Palestine back on the map TEL AVIV (The Guardian) 2 May by Ian Black — In a run-down office in the busy centre of Tel Aviv, a group of Israelis are finalising preparations for this year’s independence day holiday. But their conversation – switching between Arabic

Over 100 Palestinian prisoners begin hunger strike to protest Israeli administrative detention

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4 more Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail on hunger strike RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 27 Apr — Four Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail began a hunger strike on Wednesday in protest against their detention without trial, a Palestinian prisoner advocacy group said on Sunday. News of the four hunger strikers follows reports that over 100 Palestinian prisoners

Israeli settlers release wild boars on Palestinian farmland to destroy crops

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Israeli settlers release wild pigs on Palestinian farms IMEMC 21 Apr by Chris Carlson — Palestinian farmers in the Salfit district appealed all to Palestinian and international bodies to stop the continued destruction of their crops caused by the Israeli pigs [wild boars] in the district. Farmers said, “We have encountered heavy losses in our

UN peace envoy denied entry to Church of the Holy Sepulchre by Israeli police

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Video from Easter last year showing a Coptic priest being choked and beaten by Israeli police in Jerusalem. PHOTOS: Christians face barriers to Easter worship in Jerusalem Activestills 21 Apr Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler — Year after year, Palestinian Christians and international pilgrims face checkpoints and harsh treatment by Israeli police officers

Israeli restrictions over Palestinian movement violate Christian religious freedom during Easter

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Video of Israeli police attacking worshippers during Easter last year. For more see here. Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Judaization / Restriction of movement Christians: Israel violates Palestinian religious freedoms each Easter BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 6 Apr — A group of Christians from East Jerusalem on Sunday said that Israel’s restrictions on