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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: An indigenous rights perspective

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An olive branch in Palestine. (Photo :

In 1977 the UN General Assembly designated November 29 as a day for Annual Observance for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The time has come where the world needs to recognize this day for what it is — A day in solidarity with indigenous peoples and indigenous rights and most importantly recognizing the indigeneity of the Palestinian struggle.

10,000 Palestinians injured since October 1

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The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli soldiers shot Samer Hasan Seriesi, 51, who lies bleeding in photo above, at Za'tara roadblock south of Nablus. He died later. Photo from IMEMC

Violence / Detentions — West Bank, Jerusalem 104 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since October 1 (List) IMEMC 27 Nov — The full list of the 104 Palestinians and 16 Israelis killed since October 1st is below. In the latest numbers on injuries, from this past Friday, November 20th, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported that […]

Three Palestinian 16-year-olds killed in one day

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Infographic from Institute for Middle East Understanding

Violence / Detentions — West Bank, Jerusalem 3 more Palestinian teens dead after alleged stabbing incidents Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager on Monday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at the Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus, Israel’s army said. An Israeli army spokesperson said that as the Palestinian […]

Transnational legal actions threaten to end Israeli impunity

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International Criminal Court. (Photo: Getty Images/iMatin)

The past few months have been a headache for a select group of Israel’s political echelon. International solidarity activists and their legal advocates have begun to gain traction in a series of petitions alleging war crimes in a variety of international judicial forums. The development of this legal strategy has not received much recognition, but the implications are real; a game-changer in the fight for justice and accountability in Palestine.

For western elites, another savior of Israel: Benny Gantz

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Former Israeli military chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz

Sensing their international isolation, Israelis in a poll turn to the idea of Benny Gantz, military leader during the last Gaza slaughter, to head a center-left government as prime minister after Netanyahu. It’s a traditional dodge, writes Ofer Neiman

Zionism is blocking the path to peace

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Israelis gathered on a hilltop outside the town of Sderot on Monday to watch the bombardment of Gaza. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The most dangerous threat Palestinians face in their struggle for freedom and human rights, besides the Israeli war machine, is the absence of historical context. Political Zionism is an ideology that is inherently racist, supremacist, and exclusivist. If you seek to understand the conflict, if you believe in and strive for a just peace in Israel-Palestine, this is where your fight starts.

Nerves/Gas at Rachel’s Tomb

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An Israeli soldier at Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem. (Photo: Eitan Bronstein)

Eitan Bronstein reflects on the challenges of being a “Decolonizer” and trying to change Israeli society from within.

Israeli troops detain and interrogate 6-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem

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Israeli soldier detaining 6-year-old Abdullah Youssef. (Photo: Maan News)

Ma‘an reports: Israeli forces detained a six-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem’s ‘Aida refugee camp on Tuesday, locals said. The boy, Abdullah Youssef, was detained as clashes broke out in the area between Israeli military forces and Palestinian youths. The young boy told Ma‘an that Israeli soldiers began firing tear gas into a children’s playground in the refugee camp, forcing him and his friends to flee the area. Israeli soldiers who had entered the camp then detained him as he was running away, and interrogated him for several hours before the Palestinian liaison office intervened to have him released.

In escalation against Palestinian citizens of Israel, government bans Islamic Movement of Northern Israel

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Head of the Islamic Movement of Northern Israel Sheikh Ra'ed Salah outside of Ramle prison near Tel Aviv, 2010. (Photo: Yossi Zeliger/Flash 90)

On Monday, Israel’s security cabinet outlawed the Islamic Movement of Northern Israel, arrested a senior officer and shut down 17 affiliated charities claiming the organizations sought “to subvert the state in order to establish an Islamic caliphate in its place.” Head of the Joint Arab List Ayman Odeh asserted the move was politically motivated and strategically timed after the Paris attacks on Friday to suggest a link between the Israel-based group and ISIS. “The decision was made for strategic purposes, and its timing indicates that Netanyahu wishes to position the conflict as a religious conflict,” Odeh said.

Netanyahu: In wake of Paris attacks, world should condemn attacks against Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walking in a march with heads of state, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) after attacks in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo offices and a Kosher grocery store, June 15, 2015. (Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters)

After the tragic events in Paris on Friday where gunmen affiliated with the Islamic State or ISIS killed at least 140 in separate and coordinated attacks, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on world leaders to condemn acts of “terrorism” and “radical Islam” perpetrated by Palestinians, claiming “the terrorists who attack us have the same murderous intent as those in Paris.”

Israeli soldiers kill 2 Palestinians in Qalandia refugee camp raid

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Border police officer aims rifle, Aida refugee camp, June 2015. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

IMEMC reports: Monday at dawn, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, and killed two Palestinians, identified as Laith Ashraf Manasra, 25, and Ahmad Abu al-‘Aish, 30. Army sharpshooters also occupied the rooftops of several homes in the refugee camp and shot and injured 34 Palestinians with live rounds. 88 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since October 1st.

Three Palestinians, all 22, shot and killed by Israeli forces on Friday

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Funeral of Mahmoud Shalalda, from IMEMC

Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians on Friday, and wounded at least 154 others, in clashes in the occupied West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. The dead were Mahmoud Issa Shalalda, 22, from Sa‘ir, Hasan Jihad al-Baw, 22, from Halhoul, and Lafi Yousef Awad, 22, in Budrus.

Rights Expert: Harsh interrogation of 13-year-old Palestinian boy ‘may amount to torture’

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Still of film showing Amhad Manasra's interrogation leaked by Ma'an (Source: Twitter)

A controversial video leaked to Palestinian media on November 8th depicts an Israeli interrogator verbally abusing and shouting curses at 13-year old Ahmad Manasra, who was indicted on October 30th by Israel’s Jerusalem District Court for attempting to murder two Israelis near the Pisgat Zeev settlement in East Jerusalem. Brad Parker, attorney and international advocacy officer at Defence for Children – Palestine, tells Mondoweiss: “The circumstances depicted in the video present a situation that may amount to torture. When determining if certain acts constitute torture, the child’s age must be taken into account. Israeli interrogators are seen relying on verbal abuse, intimidation and threats to apparently inflict mental suffering for the purpose of obtaining a confession.”

Palestinian filmmaker denied entry to homeland by Israel says it’s time to fight back

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Amin Husain's family's house in the town of Al-Bireh.

On October 10, 2015 Amin Husain was denied entry into Palestine while returning to be with family and friends. He was deported by Israel after 15 hours of detention, interrogation, a strip search and a body cavity search, the offical reason given was for the “prevention of illegal immigration” and “public security or public safety or public order consideration.” Husain writes, “I am not the first Palestinian to be denied entry into their homeland nor will I be the last. But it is clear that Israel has escalated this practice and we should discover effective ways to fight back.”

Why do Palestinians burn Jewish holy sites?: The fraught history of Joseph’s Tomb

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Joseph's Tomb (Photo: Alex Shams)

On October 16th, a large crowd of Palestinians near the northern West Bank city of Nablus surrounded the religious site of Joseph’s Tomb and proceeded to light the shrine on fire. The attack elicited widespread outrage and for Israelis it seemed to indicate yet again that Palestinian violence is motivated by anti-Jewish hatred. The reality, however, is far different than the Israeli narrative would seem to suggest. The attack had almost nothing to do with religion, but instead how the Israeli military and settlement movement have used religion to expand their control over Palestinian land and holy places.

‘What I know is that I can’t take it anymore’: Palestinian woman killed by Israeli troops explains decision to carry knife to checkpoint in suicide note

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An Israeli soldier watches as Palestinians cross into Jerusalem from the Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

A 24-year old woman named Rasha Ahmad Hamed ‘Oweissi was killed by Israeli troops Monday morning at a military checkpoint near Qalqiliya in the West Bank when she approached the checkpoint from afar, holding a knife in her hand and a suicide letter in her bag. Eyewitnesses report that she did not pose a threat at anytime. She was simply standing, holding a knife, waiting for the soldiers to shoot her. She is the 80th person to be killed by Israeli forces since October 1st.