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Palestinian youth hospitalized after being attacked by Israeli settlers in Jerusalem

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Damascus Gate (Photo: Wikimedia)

Ma‘an reports: A Palestinian youth was attacked and beaten by a group of Jewish settlers at Damascus Gate near the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Friday night, a local political activist who was present at the time of the incident said. 22-year-old Ahmad Yaqub al-Ghoul lost consciousness as a result of bruising and bleeding he suffered after three Jewish settlers described as being in their 20s hit him with an iron bar and belts in the al-Musrara area just north of Damascus Gate.

‘What is your religion?’ question surprises two American visitors to the occupation

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Two American women in Ibrahimi mosque

Phil Weiss talks with two American students he met while traveling in Hebron. They tell him about being asked what their religion is by Israeli authorities– first at the border at Allenby Bridge, and then in Hebron, at the entrance to Shuhada Street. They’d never been asked that question by an authority before. The students are both Muslims, and when they said they were Muslim, they were not allowed to walk down Shuhada Street. Even though they had American passports

Revisiting ‘Graveyard of Numbers': Israel refuses to return remains of Palestinian militants as a punitive measure

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Ramallah, May 31, 2012. Members of the Palestinian security forces take pictures as they stand around coffins containing the remains of bodies of 91 Palestinian militants transferred from Israel to the Palestinian Authority. Israel transferred the bodies in an effort to induce Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas to renew negotiations. Palestinian officials said all were killed either while carrying out suicide bombings or other attacks on Israeli targets. ( Photo: Mohammed Ballas/AP)

A recent headline in Haaretz claimed the Israeli government withholding of corpses, Said Abu Jamal and Uday Abu Jamal the two Palestinians cousins responsible for carrying out the synagogue attack in Jerusalem last Monday, was an “unprecedented move”. How odd, for there’s nothing unprecedented in the least about Israel refusing to release the bodies of deceased Palestinian militants to their families for burial. How short are our memories

Israeli police ransack homes of 40 Palestinians during al-Shaludi home demolition

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Home of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, the Jerusalem motorist from the October 22, 2014 light rail attack in Jerusalem, demolished by Israeli authorities early Wednesday morning, in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem (Photo: Allison Deger)

Israeli police ransacked seven apartments and urinated inside one while demolishing the Silwan apartment of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, 21, the Palestinian motorist from East Jerusalem who killed a three-month old Israeli-American Chaya Zissel and one Ecuadoran tourist in a light rail attack in Jerusalem on October 22, 2014. “They urinated on the mattresses in my brother’s apartment, said Enas al-Shaludi, 43, the mother of the deceased driver. “You can see the urine on the mattresses.” In addition to the demolition, which the family expected after receiving a demolition order last Friday, all of the other apartments in the four-story residential building were raided

Netanyahu’s ‘battle for Jerusalem’ can’t end well for any of us

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Did you read Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech following the attack on the West Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday? Phil Weiss found it bloodcurdling. Netanyahu called on “the state of the Jews” to unite in a “battle for Jerusalem.” Calling Jews to put aside their little differences and take up arms for the “battle for Jerusalem” is a vision of holy war, with fascistic trimmings. The battle for Jerusalem is deadly for all of us. Americans must affirm that this city belongs to the world

Descent

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A Palestinian youth hurls stones at Israeli police officers, not seen, next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Israeli police say several Palestinians threw rocks at officers and Jewish worshippers after Muslim prayers in Jerusalem’s Old City and 15 have been arrested. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

In Jerusalem, “here we go, again again again” — Descent, a poem from Marc Ellis

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.””

The fight to save a village continues in Wadi Fukin

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The town of Wadi Fukin, with a population of 1,300, is dwarfed by the nearby settlement of Beitar Illit, which is home to 45,000 ultra-Orthodox Jewish Israelis. Just after the Gaza War, on August 31st, Israel announced its intention to seize 1,000 acres of land near the Palestinians villages of Wadi Fukin and Jab’a (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein)

Wadi Fukin is a small agricultural town in the West Bank. It is situated on just over 700 acres of land and is squeezed in on two sides – by the Israeli settlement Beitar Illit, to the south and Tzur Hadasa, a small Israeli town just over the Green Line to the north. On August 31st the Israeli Civil Administration – a governing body that controls most of the West Bank – declared that almost 1000 acres, near the villages of Jab’a and Wadi Fukin would become state land. The announcement marks the largest attempt in decades to expropriate territory in the West Bank. As the yearly olive harvest comes to a close, Palestinians here are worried they are being cut off from the rest of the West Bank and may lose the means to support themselves if their farmland is seized

Inadequate religion

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Bloodshed in Jerusalem and beyond won’t be remedied by apolitical prayers and statements from Rabbis for Human Rights and Jewish Voice for Peace, Marc Ellis says

Israel sows despair and senseless violence

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Netanyahu at his news conference yesterday, from Israeli government press office

Israel is not in “the grip of a terrorist onslaught,” as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated in this press conference tonight; it is in the grip of senseless violence spawned by despair and repression… Israel, having given up all pretense of seeking a just solution, has answered Palestinian despair with pure, atavistic repression. — Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

More than 30,000 people are still living in UNRWA schools in Gaza. What does that look like?

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It’s been two-and-a-half months since Operation Protective Edge ended. During the operation, thousands of Gaza residents took shelter in United Nations (UNRWA) schools. Many have since returned to their homes, and others, whose homes were destroyed, were put up by family and friends. However, 18 UNRWA schools still house more than 30,000 people who have no home or temporary solution. They are waiting for Gaza’s promised reconstruction while living in classrooms that were modified into small one-room apartments

Israeli attacks on Al Quds University give new meaning to ‘academic freedom’

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Al Quds University, right, alongside the Separation Wall.

Close to 13,000 Palestinian and international students go through at least one of 600 checkpoints in the West Bank to attend Al Quds University, the only Arab University in East Jerusalem. Established in 1984, the Abu Dis campus now houses 13 academic faculties, and has more than 30 centers and institutes, including the critically acclaimed Abu Jihad Museum for Prisoner Movement Affairs. Besides having a museum dedicated to Palestinian political prisoners on campus, Al Quds University is unique for another controversial reason: the campus community is under constant threat due to methodical and ideologically-based attacks by the Israeli military

This is not yet an intifada, Palestinians say

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A Palestinian uses a sling shot during clashes with Israeli forces following a protest against Israeli restrictions to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, at the Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (Photo: AP/Majdi Mohammed)

Phil Weiss reports from East Jerusalem where Palestinians say the current violence in the city does not represent a third intifada . . . yet. But there could be an organized uprising if Jewish zealots’ incitements about the Al Aqsa mosque continue. In interviews, these Palestinians say that Israel’s escalation of violence in East Jerusalem has isolated and terrified neighborhoods. “There is no security. You are afraid economically, politically, and physically.” And the individual acts of violence by maddened Palestinians who feel they have nothing to lose reflects the universal demand for human dignity.

Videos: Jerusalem Skunk

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Image of Skunk spraying, apparently on West Bank

It appears Israel’s ongoing incitement of Palestinian children has taken a particularly macabre turn. Videos have surfaced of Jerusalem police driving calmly through quiet empty East Jerusalem neighborhoods drenching elementary schools and residences with a putrid liquid with the stench of feces and rotting animal carcass, commonly referenced as “skunk spray”

Yad Vashem

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Herzl's grave, Jerusalem

Two anti-Zionist Jews visit the Holocaust museum and Herzl’s grave in Jerusalem and struggle with Jewish political tradition today, held hostage by that dark past.

Israel bans renowned doctor and human rights activist Mads Gilbert from entering Gaza for life

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Mads Gilbert treats a Palestinian girl in the emergency room of the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. (Photo: AP/Khalil Hamra)

Israel has banned Norwegian doctor and human rights activist Mads Gilbert from entering Gaza for life. Gilbert, a professor at the University Hospital of North Norway, where he has worked since 1976, earned international renown for his philanthropic work in late 2008, during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, an attack that, according to Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, killed roughly 1,400 Gazans, including almost 800 civilians, 350 of whom were children

West Bank protesters cross separation wall in effort to get into Jerusalem

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Palestinian activists use a metal ramp to cross the separation wall near the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, November 14, 2014. The activists were protesting against Israeli authorities allowing settlers to enter the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and Israel imposing restrictions on Muslims wishing to perform Friday prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

On Friday Palestinian protesters crossed Israel’s separation wall by Qalandia checkpoint, the artery from the West Bank to Jerusalem, demonstrating for access to the city that has been ensconced in unrest over the past three weeks. Using makeshift ladders tens of protesters walked over the barrier, but Israeli police prevented them from entering Jerusalem.