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Identities of minors who admitted to killing Mohammed Abu Khdeir to be revealed Monday

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A mourner holds the national flag as mourners gather for the funeral of Palestinian youth Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, (background image) in Shuafat, in Israeli annexed East Jerusalem, on July 4, 2014. Abu Khder, a Palestinian teenager was  kidnapped and killed, triggering violent clashes in East Jerusalem, in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of three Israeli youths. (Photo: Thomas Coex /AFP/Getty Images)

On Monday three Israelis who have admitted to the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 16-year old Palestinian who was burned to death over the summer after being abducted from behind his East Jerusalem home in a revenge killing for the unrelated kidnapping and slaying of three Israeli youths a month prior, will give their pleas in district court

Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli ‘peace’ policy

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(Photo: Reuters)

The policy of ethnic cleansing ever since 1948, and in particular since 1967, is a consensual issue in Israel and thus leaves very little hope for peace and reconciliation. This strategy is marketed differently domestically and externally: It is based on the need to ‘preserve Jewish identity’ to the Israeli public and abroad as ‘Israel’s need for security’. These concepts are used widely across the political spectrum in Israel and provide the ambiguous framework for the Israeli ‘national consensus’. They also underpin the political instruments which deny the rights of the indigenous people of Palestine and to bring about its goal of maintaining a Jewish majority. The problem with Israel thus is not a policy here or there, but its overall strategy that has not changed

As Kerry scrambles to prevent Palestinian action at UN, Israeli govt makes clear it will never accept Palestinian state

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Israeli and Palestinians take part in a rally to voice support for U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, in Jerusalem this week. The banners read in Hebrew and Arabic "Together we march for liberation," Jerusalem, 2011. (Photo: AP)

Palestinians leaders will likely table a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an Israeli deadline to set borders based on the pre-June 1967 line until after fall mid-term elections in the United States. Haartez’s Barak Ravid reports this week that while Palestinians have stalled, Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to prevent the initiative all together. As a last-ditch effort to stop the Palestinian plan, Kerry has sought to reprise his direct talks that collapsed earlier this year. Israeli officials abandoned that effort after the announcement of a Palestinian unity government and there are no signs they are interested in restarting talks

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.'”

How Israel relies on Islamophobia

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An ad for the Showtime television show "Homeland." As Laura Durkay writes, the hit TV show is currently pitching its fourth season using “a blonde, white Red Riding Hood lost in a forest of faceless Muslim wolves.” Israel presents itself the same way.

In the latest edition of “Axis of Evil” politics Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued to the United Nations on September 29th that “Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas,” and that they are following the path blazed by Iran 35 years ago. The Prime Minister in the process exposed the mutual relationship between Zionism and its crutch: Islamophobia

British Parliament sends a message to Obama: the people see Israel as a ‘bully’

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Pro-Palestinian supporters position a giant banner calling for a recognised Palestinian State, in Parliament Square, central London on October 13, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Leon Neal)

Before voting 274-12 to recognize Palestinian statehood, the British parliament had an astonishing debate on Palestine you’d never hear in the US Congress. That the occupation is worse than apartheid, that Israel committed war crimes in Gaza, and that British public opinion has shifted dramatically to view Israel as a bully, and the US must pay attention.

British Parliament votes overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state

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In a historic move, the British Parliament voted overwhelmingly tonight, 274-12, to recognize a Palestinian state. The sense of the speechmaking was almost entirely in favor of the motion, with members of the House of Commons saying they were reflecting the popular will in the wake of the Gaza slaughter and the failure of the peace process. Richard Ottaway, a Conservative, said “I have to say to the Government of Israel that if they are losing people like me, they will be losing a lot of people.”

Palestinian women sew for change: Artisan heritage as cultural and economic empowerment tool

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Sunbula's fair trade stores in Jerusalem are the economic lifeline for hundreds of families across Palestine. (Photo: Sunbula, Steve Sabella)

Shirabe Yamada writes about the work of Sunbula, a Palestinian fair trade organization that uses the traditional handicrafts as a tool for cultural and economic empowerment for the most marginalized. Sunbula works with 19 grassroots craft groups, which operate in refugee camps and villages of the West Bank, support marginalized groups in East Jerusalem, give opportunity to people with disability and refugee women in the Gaza Strip, and empower Palestinian community inside the Israel proper.

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.

In the last days of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ Israel focused on its final goal — the destruction of Gaza’s professional class

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Palestinians planted a flag on the collapsed Basha tower as the sun rose. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

The finale of Israel’s mass destruction of the Gaza Strip during “Operation Protective Edge” was the flattening of several landmark towers that provided essential social and economic functions and which stood as symbols of the besieged coastal strip’s beleaguered professional class. While the war began with the flattening of the areas the Israeli military considers Gaza’s “hard shell” — border areas like Shujaiya and Khuza’a — it ended with a brazen assault on its soft core. The targeting of the professional class, a key pillar of Palestinian society generally considered unsympathetic to the political goals of Hamas, was a new front of economic and social warfare on Gaza

British Parliament to vote on recognition of Palestinian state on Monday

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Today the United Kingdom will vote on recognizing the state of Palestine. The House of Commons’ symbolic motion is poised to pass the Parliament despite Britain’s history of refusing to approve previous and similar bids. When the UK government was faced with Palestine’s own plans to seek recognition from the United Nations in 2012, Britain abstained. The bill’s backers from the Labour party have shored up votes from Liberal Democrats and Conservatives alike, making Monday a likely Palestinian victory. But the vote is coming at a cost. The Independent is reporting inside of Britian’s Labour party, pro-Israel members of Parliament are “furious.” Still the measure more or less models what former Prime Minister Tony Blair has proposed through the Quartet. And the House of Commons bill is also being pushed by heavyweights from within the government

Israel and the g-word

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Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

Mahmoud Abbas’s use of the word “genocide” for Israel may not have been helpful given popular conceptions of the word but we need a word to describe the incremental destruction of Palestinian communities. The late Baruch Kimmerling invented a word, “politicide”

New site catalogs documentary films about Palestine

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PalDocs home page 10-5-14

If the quality and quantity of documentaries on the situation determined matters, the Palestinians would have won a substantial measure of justice long ago. Now two European professors of film have set up a one-stop-shopping site called PalestineDocs that will serve as a web resource for films chronicling the lives of Palestinians

Eight hours on Third Avenue

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Hundreds of people demonstrated outside Senators Schumer and Gillibrand’s offices in New York yesterday over eight hours, calling on them to enforce the Leahy Law and cut off aid to Israel because of human rights violations. Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No co-sponsored.

Pogroms rage in Europe? Kidnaped Israeli teens were Freedom Riders? Liberal Zionists’ desperate slogans

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Todd Gitlin

Liberal Zionism is in crisis, because its answers have proved to be helpless against the occupation. Still some hang on, using slogans. Todd Gitlin says that pogroms are “raging” in Europe and people who support boycott of Israel are “tribalists.” Susan Talve, St. Louis progressive rabbi, suggests that the three Israeli teens killed in occupied territories were kin to American martyrs Schwerner Chaney and Goodman.

Sweden’s recognition of Palestine will license activists

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Stefan Lofven, Swedish prime minister

Swedish PM Stefan Lofven has announced that the country will recognize Palestine. The move has two big implications: it telegraphs a normative shift, Israel is no longer regarded as working hard to find a friendly guide through the wilderness. And it opens the door on radical activism, and states supporting BDS.

Knesset shell game: Aid meant for Israeli towns affected by Gaza war sent to illegal settlements instead

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Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters)

The residents of Israel’s southern periphery, bordering the Gaza Strip, are among the Israelis who suffered the most from Operation “Protective Edge.” By the end of the Operation, it was clear that residents of the embattled south — one of Israel’s poorest regions to begin with — were in dire need of the state’s aid. Yet money designated for the rehabilitation of the south is apparently being diverted to bolster West Bank settlements — again

Netanyahu lectures Americans on open housing and ‘ethnic purification’

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This takes crust. Benjamin Netanyahu went on Face the Nation yesterday and lectured the U.S. on open housing and “ethnic purification” even as he’s trying to swallow up Jerusalem for the Jewish state. After your meeting with the president last week, the White House issued what some call “a very sharp rebuke,” host Bob Schieffer began.