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Israel/Palestine

Netanyahu vows, ‘we will win’ as family members of Jerusalem attacker are arrested

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Israeli protesters gather at the site where a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of people at a Jerusalem Light Rail station, killing an infant girl. Center poster reads, "Jewish revenge." (Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Wednesday’s hit-and-run, where Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, 21, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem, rammed his car onto pedestrians waiting at a Jerusalem light rail stop killing a three-month old Chaya Zissel Braun became the latest outburst between Israelis and Palestinians since summer’s start. Following the crash, al-Shaludi sprinted from the scene. He was then gunned down by an undercover police officer in the area

Recognizing Palestine—and political reality

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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)

After British MPs moved overwhelmingly to recognise the State of Palestine, the governments of Britain and Israel affected indifference in an attempt to undermine the vote’s significance. These dismissals mask a deep and growing anxiety about the direction of political traffic. “There is indeed reason to worry”, a senior Israeli diplomat acknowledged. “Not because it’s going to be translated into actual government policy, but because it’s a public opinion setter. It does create a trend”. But trends don’t set themselves, and fortunately for Israel, rather than mobilising to publicise and build on last week’s achievement, significant tendencies within the Palestine solidarity movement are working instead to undermine and contain it. Instead, we need to accept the victory and build on it

The rabbi’s fridge

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Danielle Leshaw's refrigerator

Rabbi Danielle Leshaw really wants to free Palestine. That’s a sacred idea, she says. But she’s not interested in the Palestinian answer to that problem

Under cover of night, nine Jewish families take over two buildings in Silwan

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An Israeli flag decorates the right-wing Jewish settler complex of Beit Yonatan in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. March 1, 2010. (Photo: David Silverman/Getty Images Europe)

972 mag reports: “Nine Jewish Israeli families took over two empty buildings in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem overnight Sunday. According to the NGO Ir Amim, the families took control over 10 housing units in two buildings in the heart of Silwan. They moved in under the auspices of Ateret Cohanim, a settler organization based in the Muslim quarter of the Old City that works to create a Jewish demographic majority in East Jerusalem.”

Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killers

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Yosef Haim Ben-David leaving district court in Jerusalem where he is on trial for the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, October 20, 2014. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances. “I do not hope for anything from the Israeli court because it is a racist court,” said the deceased’s father Hussein Abu Khdeir, continuing, “It judges for the Israelis, not the Arabs.”

B’Tselem video: Israeli soldiers blindfold and detain 11 year old disabled child

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Screen shot: B'tselem Israeli Soldiers detain developmentally-disabled Palestinian child in Hebron, 19 Oct. 2014
    Screen shot: B'tselem Israeli Soldiers detain developmentally-disabled Palestinian child in Hebron, 19 Oct. 2014

Watch as as settlers from the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, clap, shout and cheer as an Israeli soldier binds the hands of a child behind his back and fastens a blindfold over his eyes as another soldiers stands on guard before they lift the frightened boy into the back of their military jeep. The boy is eleven and developmentally disabled

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

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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

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