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Jailed for 36 years, Karim Younis is now the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner

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“Karim Younis, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody, marked his 36th year in Israeli prison on Saturday,” reports Ma’an News Agency, “While Younis was among some 20 imprisoned Palestinian citizens of Israel who were expected to be released as part of the Oslo peace accords in the 1990s, Israeli authorities have yet to release them.”

17-year-old Mus’ab Firas al-Tamimi is the first Palestinian killed by Israel in 2018

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Israeli forces killed 17-year-old Mus‘ab Firas al-Tamimi from the West Bank village of Deir Nitham near Ramallah. “He died shortly after the occupation forces fired a bullet into his neck,” a spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry told Al Jazeera. Mus‘ab was a member of the Tamimi family, who live in the adjacent village of Nabi Saleh.

Ahed and Nour Tamimi charged with assault, Nariman Tamimi charged with incitement for broadcasting encounter on Facebook

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The Palestinian prisoner’s network Samidoun reports the Tamimi women have been charged in Israeli military court: “Palestinian teen and youth activist Ahed Tamimi, 16, whose arrest and detention by the Israeli occupation military has drawn worldwide attention, was charged in an Israeli military court with multiple allegations on Monday, 1 January. Her mother, Nariman, was also charged with several allegations related to the Tamimi family’s anti-occupation organizing and expression; the detention of both Ahed and her mother was extended for an additional eight days, until next Monday, when the military court will convene again.”

Palestinian teen in viral arrest photo released on bail following interrogation and torture

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When Fawzi Mohammad al-Juneidi, 16, was arrested and assaulted by 23 Israeli soldiers on December 7th a photo of the incident went viral around the world. Yesterday al-Juneidi was released on 10,000 shekel bail and rushed to the hospital for specialized treatment for a fracture in his shoulder. The teen says during his incarceration he was kept in a dark room where he was beaten. “I felt I was going to fall unconscious as a result of torture,” al-Juneidi was quoted as saying.

Israel has detained 148 Palestinian children since Trump’s Jerusalem speech 2 weeks ago

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Israeli forces detained 28 Palestinians overnight Tuesday from occupied territories, including a 15-year-old. That brings the total number of Palestinians detained by Israeli forces since the beginning of the protests that followed US President Donald Trump’s’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to 490, including 148 minors and 11 women.

Israel opens an investigation into army for killing double-amputee in Gaza

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The Israeli military said Sunday it has opened an investigation into the fatal shooting of Ibrahim Abu Thraya, a paraplegic Palestinian man who was shot in the head during a demonstration along Gaza’s border with Israel. Abu Thraya is being hailed as a hero and his death has emerged as a rallying cry among Palestinians against Trump’s dramatic declaration, which they largely saw as siding with Israel. “We were telling him not to go (to the border), but he would not listen to us. He said ‘this is Jerusalem; if I don’t go to defend it, who will?’” said Raed al-Komi, Abu Thraya’s half-brother

Hamda Zubeidat, 60, dies when Israeli soldiers burst thru her door after midnight, hurling stun grenades

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A 60-year-old Palestinian woman suffered a fatal heart attack overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday when Israeli army soldiers raided her home in the village of al-Zubeidat, north of Jericho in the northeastern occupied West Bank. Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that Hamda Zubeidat, 60, suffered a heart attack after Israeli soldiers threw a stun grenade at her house during a raid on the town.

Refugee camp with highest global exposure to tear gas gets another ‘shower’ from Israel over J’lem protests

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Scores of Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces suppressed protests of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Soldiers responded to a protest at al-Aida camp “by showering” it with gas, Ma’an reports. Last month, a UN official, Pierre Krähenbühl, said “health experts suggests residents of Bethlehem’s ‘Aida camp are exposed to more tear gas than any other population surveyed globally.”

Former Israeli soldier insists he beat a Palestinian detainee despite government investigation exonerating him

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Dean Issacharoff, a former army lieutenant and member of Breaking the Silence, says he beat a Palestinian stone-thrower in the West Bank town of Hebron while trying to handcuff him in 2014. The Israeli Justice Ministry claims the event never happened and that Issacharoff had made a “mendacious claim.” Achiya Schatz, a spokesperson for Breaking the Silence, says. “This was a politicised investigation, made-to-order for the elimination of opposition (voices).”

Trump administration threatens to close Palestinians’ office in Washington DC

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The State Department threatened Friday to close the Palestinians’ Washington office unless they enter into direct negotiations with Israel. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has determined that the Palestinians have run afoul of a condition in the law that allows their mission to the U.S. to function which prohibits the Palestinians from requesting the International Criminal Court, or ICC, to prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians.

Israeli gov’t minister says there will be one million West Bank settlers in the next 10-20 years

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Speaking to a conference on settler population growth in the West Bank titled “On the Way to a Million,” Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin dismissed the idea of a Palestinian state, “Halas [‘enough’ in Arabic] with the story of two states. There is no other option but the state of Israel, certainly between the Jordan [River] to the [Mediterranean] sea there will be one state.”

Armed groups in Gaza vow to respond to Israeli attack on tunnel

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At least seven Palestinians were killed, and 12 others were wounded after Israeli forces blew up an underground tunnel between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday. “We will exercise our right to respond – this is our duty,” Daoud Shehab, a leader in the Islamic Jihad movement, told Al Jazeera, adding that it is a legitimate right of resistance groups to respond.

An unconventional marriage: the Marwan and Fadwa Barghouti story

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“Marwan [Barghouti] told Fadwa that she should take a week to think over the proposal and decide whether she was willing to dedicate herself to someone whose life would be fully committed to the Palestinian resistance.”–Jaclynn Ashley reports on the unconventional marriage of the imprisoned Palestinian leader and his wife.

As olive harvest begins, settlers flood Palestinian trees with sewage

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Israeli colonists flooded dozens of Palestinian olive trees with sewage water Tuesday, near Nablus, according to the Israeli Rabbis for Human Rights organization, as the olive harvest begins. Human rights groups documented ten cases of settler violence and theft directed at Palestinian groves.

Meet Reem Anbar, Gaza’s first music therapist

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“Reem’s sessions take on different styles of therapy, some of which she has invented herself, and others she has collected from other therapists,” reports The New Arab.

‘I will make half of you disabled and let the other half push wheelchairs’ — Israeli commander to Palestinians

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Al Jazeera reports on the increase in Palestinian injuries in one West Bank refugee camp: Most of the gunshot wounds were directed at the lower limbs of the youth in the camps, now commonly referred to as “kneecapping.” Residents of the Dheisheh camp say that an Israeli army commander, who the youth in Dheisheh refer to as “Captain Nidal”, has been threatening to intentionally disable Palestinians in the camp