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Ten year old Palestinian boy attacked by settlers and abducted by Israeli soldiers while playing in the snow in Hebron

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Saleh Abu Shamsiya, 10, after the attack (Photo: Imad Abu Shamsiya)

The ISM reports that on the 21st of February Saleh Abu Shamsiya, a 10-year-old Palestinian boy, was attacked by settler youth in the Al-Khalil (Hebron) neighborhood of Tel Rumeida. Saleh’s father and activist with the group Human Rights Defenders Imad Abu Shamsiya reported that the settlers, who looked around 18-19 years old, surrounded his son while he was playing in the snow and stabbed him in the arm with a sharp metal object about 15 cm long.

French immigrants are recruited to West Bank settlements

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Yakir settlement

Palestinian journalists increasingly find themselves in the line of fire when Israeli soldiers seek to suppress demonstrations in the West Bank, Haaretz reports. And: settler group recruits French immigrants to move to West Bank colonies.

Israeli prosecutor calls Bil’in protest ‘ideological crime’ at Abu Rahmah sentencing hearing

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Abdallah Abu Rahmah in court in 2010. (Photo: Activestills)

972 reports: European diplomats joined Palestinian, international and Israeli activists at a sentencing hearing for Palestinian non-violent Palestinian protest leader Abdullah Abu Rahmah at Ofer Military Prison in the West Bank on Sunday. The military prosecutor demanded a harsh punishment consisting of a long prison sentence and a large fine claiming that Abu Rahmah is somebody who commits ideological crimes, thus his chance for rehabilitation is low and he must be given a punishment that will deter him from doing similar things in the future.

Israeli police seize weapons from extremist Jewish settlement

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Yitzhak Ginsburg

Yitzhar is an extremist Jewish settlement in the northern West Bank that was founded by rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, who has commended a text condoning the killings of non-Jews. Israeli police raided it Tuesday, seizing weapons they said could be used on Palestinians or Israeli forces

Settler shoots Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem

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Settlers raise guns at Palestinians near Nablus on August 7, 2009 (Photo: AP)

Ma’an reports: “A settler shot and injured a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Monday, witnesses said. Muhammad Yusuf Burqan, 17, was shot while tending to a small herd of sheep in the Wadi Yasul area of the neighborhood, his cousin told Ma‘an. “I came back to check up on Muhammad and found him lying on the ground surrounded by about 15 settlers, one of whom had a gun in his hand. I tried to access Muhammad and give him first aid, but the settler with the gun threatened to shoot me”

PA arrests Palestinian student for ‘insulting a public official’ on Facebook

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Bara Al-Qadi (Photo: Facebook)

Middle East Monitor reports: “Palestinian intelligence services arrested a media student yesterday morning for “insulting a public official”. Bara Al-Qadi, 22, posted a status on Facebook mocking Jibril Rajoub, who leads the Palestinian Football Federation, after the Palestinian team lost 5-1 to Jordan in the Asian cup. The public prosecution has extended Bara’s detention for a further 48 hours for additional investigations to be carried out, despite him being continuously interrogated from yesterday morning according to family members.”

Israeli forces detain 10-year old boy and assault his family members in East Jerusalem

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Israeli soldiers arrest a young Palestinian boy following clashes in Hebron on June 20. (Photo: THOMAS COEX – AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Ma’an reports: “Israeli forces on Sunday detained a young Palestinian boy and his uncle in the al-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem, leading to clashes in the area, witnesses said. Locals told Ma‘an that Israeli special forces assaulted 10-year-old Muhammad Afeef Khweis as he was sitting in a park in the neighborhood, causing him to panic. Israeli forces also assaulted Khweis’ family members, who tried to stop the arrest.”

Child living in remains of home destroyed by Israel dies from freezing weather in Gaza

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Palestinians sit in a tent outside their apartments, which witnesses said were destroyed in an Israeli offensive, during a 72-hour truce in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip August 11, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

On Friday, Palestinian infant Ashraf al-Qidra died due to severe cold in Gaza. The infant’s family lives in an area heavily damaged during Israel’s summer war on Gaza and they continued living in their damaged home. Ma’an News writes, “Due to lack of alternative shelter, many of the nearly 110,000 Palestinians left homeless by Israeli bombardment have done the same, including many living in just tents.”

UN report: 1200 Palestinian children injured by Israeli forces in West Bank during 2014

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A Palestinian child runs for cover as an Israeli military vehicle (background) sprays a foul-smelling spray known as "skunk" in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on December 5, 2014. (Photo: AFP / Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Israeli forces injured a total of 1,190 Palestinian children in the West Bank during 2014, according to a UN agency report. More than in 1 in 5 of the child injuries were caused by Israeli forces’ use of live ammunition, with the rest from rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas inhalation, and assault. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Israel had detained 1,266 Palestinian children in 2014, an average of seven children every two days.

‘We want Christmas without occupation': Israel attacks Bethlehem protesters dressed as Santa with tear gas

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A Palestinian protester dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he argues with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Maasara near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (Photo: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters)

Ma’an News reports: ” Israeli forces on Tuesday suppressed a peaceful march calling for ‘Christmas without occupation’ in Bethlehem. Demonstrators marched to the Israeli military checkpoint in northern Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas and hand out gifts to children in the area. Marchers held up signs reading: ‘Jesus came with a message of: Peace, Freedom and Justice’ and ‘We want Christmas without occupation.’ Israeli forces prevented demonstrators, some of whom were dressed as Father Christmas, from reaching the checkpoint and fired tear gas at the crowd. Several people were treated at the scene for tear gas inhalation. Mazen al-Azza, an activist with the Palestinian National Initiative, told Ma‘an that the march had a peaceful Christmas message, but ‘Israeli soldiers did not miss the chance to suppress it by assaulting journalists and peaceful demonstrators.'”

Israeli police attempt to arrest Palestinian preschoolers for throwing rocks

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Israeli soldiers arrest a young Palestinian boy following clashes in Hebron on June 20. (Photo: THOMAS COEX – AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The International Middle East Media Center reports: “Israeli police, on Tuesday, attempted to arrest two preschoolers during a raid on two homes in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Silwan, according to witnesses. WAFA correspondence reports that police raided the home of Mr. Mohammad Abd al-Raziq, in the Bir Ayoub neighborhood of Silwan, in search of two children aged three and five, for allegedly throwing rocks at them.”

Palestinian teens describe torture while in Israeli detention

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Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian man during a search for three missing Israeli teens in the West Bank, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Violence / Raids / Suppression of protests / Arrests Two detained teens speak of abuse, torture IMEMC 15 Dec by Saed Bannoura — Heba Masalha, a lawyer working for the Palestinian Detainees Committee, managed to visit two Palestinian teens held by Israel, who testified to her of horrific abuse and torture by the soldiers and […]

Israel begins criminal investigations into killings during ‘Operation Protective Edge’

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An image of three Palestinian children running along the beach to escape Israeli fire before they were killed. This is one of the cases the Israeli military will be investigating. (Image: Twitter)

Ynet reports: “The Military Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of 50 Palestinians during Operation Protective Edge, the IDF said on Saturday night following a decision by the Military Advocate General (MAG) to expand criminal investigations against IDF soldiers over a number of incidents that occurred in the Gaza Strip during the summer’s military operation”

Report: Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians, arrested 650, during month of November

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Israeli border police prevent Palestinian worshipers from entering the al-Aqsa mosque compound, November 5, 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Al-Akhbar reports: Israeli Occupation Forces killed nine Palestinians and arrested 650 others in November, Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights, a Palestinian rights organization said in a report on Monday. The child Mohammed Amin al-Syam, who died in Turkey after sustaining severe wounds in the latest Gaza war, is among the nine Palestinian victims.

‘There’s no coexisting with cancer': Bilingual Arabic/Hebrew school damaged in Jerusalem arson attack

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Firefighters and police at the scene of where suspected arsonists set fire to a bilingual Hebrew-Arabic school in Jerusalem. On the walls of the building, emergency responders found anti-Palestinian graffiti which said “death to Arabs,” “Kahane was right” and “down with assimilation.” (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Haaretz reports: “A fire caused damage to Jerusalem’s Hebrew-Arabic bilingual school on Saturday evening. Police and fire services suspect arson as hateful phrases were also sprayed on the building, reading “Kahane was right” and “There’s no coexisting with cancer.” The fire broke out at the playground in the school, and was extinguished by emergency crews. The Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School is the country’s largest Jewish-Arab institution.”