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More than 1,000 clash with Israeli forces in Shuafat refugee camp as Netanyahu promises to crack down

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Israeli police cordon off the site where a Palestinian stabbed two Israelis Thursday afternoon, critically injuring one, in East Jerusalem. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

At dusk Thursday evening nearly 200 right-wing Israelis took to the streets of Jerusalem, chanting racist anti-Arab epitaphs and nationalist songs. The march came at the end of day that saw Israeli forces kill two Palestinians and Palestinian attackers wound nine Israelis, including two soldiers, in four separate attacks, the highest number of serious injuries inflicted on Israelis in recent weeks. At the time of publication the right-wing group was marching from West Jerusalem into Palestinian East Jerusalem.

‘Hamas is an asset’ is the Israeli consensus

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Bezalel Smotrich says Hamas is an asset, per Israeli group 61

Israeli peace camp group linked with Molad says that rightwing MK Bezalel Smotrich is a demagogue for saying Hamas is an asset; but in fact that has been the policy of all Israeli governments.

The endless state of emergency

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Israeli soldiers stand guard in front of Palestinian stone throwers during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 5, 2015 after Israel's army shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

As the crisis in Israel-Palestine devolves, with some predicting a third intifada, the YWCA in Jerusalem issued an alert calling Israel’s entrenched military occupation “the Endless State of Emergency.”

Video: Undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrate Palestinian demonstration, beat protesters and shoot detainee in leg

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Screen shot of a video filmed by journalist Ahmad Jarghoun where undercover Israeli forces shoot and detain a Palestinian protesters during a demonstration outside of Ramallah, October 7, 2015.

A brutal video shows undercover Israeli forces infiltrate a group of Palestinians protesters this afternoon near a checkpoint outside of Ramallah in the West Bank and open fire on the demonstrators. The video also shows unformed Israeli soldiers wound two more protesters with live rounds, critically injuring one by firing a shot into the back of the protester’s head.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights condemns house demolitions as crime of collective punishment

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House destroyed in Jabal al-Mokabber neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, by Israeli gov't

On Tuesday Israeli forces destroyed two houses in Jabal al-Mokabber village in occupied East Jerusalem. Palestinian Center for Human Rights says the crime is part of a collective punishment policy against innocent Palestinians in violation of article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention that prohibits retaliatory measures against protected persons and their property.

Reimagining Abbas’ speech at the UN General Assembly

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. (Photo: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Rida Abu Rass shares the speech she wishes Mahmoud Abbas had given at the UN last week. It includes: “We did our best to accommodate the Israeli need for a state alongside us, but the geopolitical reality that Israel created renders this solution impossible. On behalf of all Palestinians, I declare that our hands are still open to designing a peaceful solution for the region, but this time, as equal partners in our shared homeland.”

In Israel/Palestine we are witnessing the end of a colonial regime

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A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Oct. 6, 2015. (Photo: Xinhua/Luay Sababa)

Can anyone say when the Israeli colonial project, dependent as it is on the suppression of a subject people in the name of the theft of their land, will reach its end? For sure not. But the downfall of such regimes often comes unforecast and without warning. It may be hard for Israelis (and their best friends abroad) to digest the reality of the situation, especially given the irony that they are bringing that future on themselves.

Palestinian Red Crescent Society declares state of emergency in the West Bank

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Logo: Palestine Red Crescent Society

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has declared a level 3 state of emergency in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, following the serious escalation of attacks by Israeli forces and violent settlers against Palestinians, which has included assaults and serious violations against PCRS staff and ambulances.

Over one thousand mourners gather in Bethlehem to lay 13-year-old Abed Obeidallah to rest

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Abed Obeidallah's aunt and mother take part in the young boy's funeral procession. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)

Israeli forces shot 13-year-old Abed Obeidallah in the chest, killing him almost instantly on Monday afternoon, right as protests were beginning in front of Aida refugee camp where the boy lived. A day later more than one thousand mourners laid the young teenager to rest in a cemetery just minutes away from the UN school Obeidallah had just left before he was shot.

Clashes break out across West Bank after Netanyahu declares ‘an all-out war’

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Palestinian journalist Salah Zayyad, 35, recuperates in a Ramallah hospital after Israeli forces shot him in the abdomen at a demonstration near Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Scores of Palestinians were injured in clashes across the West Bank, after calls were made for a “day of rage” following a string of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens, Israeli incursions into the West Bank and Jerusalem—including the demolition of two homes overnight Monday—and a pronouncement from Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu that he is now “running an all-out war against Palestinian terrorism.”

Israel lights the spark at Al-Aqsa again

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Israeli soldiers stand guard in front of Palestinian stone throwers during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 5, 2015 after Israel's army shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

The situation at al-Aqsa has come to symbolize in painful microcosm the Palestinian story of dispossession. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is betting that greater force will win, but Jonathan Cook says Palestinian youths will continue reaching for the humble stone, exerting what little power they have against a modern Goliath.

Scenes from the Gaza fuel crisis

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Dan Cohen reports from Gaza where on September 13th, the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Israeli government closed the border crossing to the besieged Gaza Strip, exacerbating existing fuel shortages into a full-on crisis. Since then, cars have been lined up around city blocks to obtain small amounts of fuel – only enough for a day of work. With unemployment in Gaza at a staggering 60%, many of the taxi drivers are men who took the job as a last resort and means of survival. But the fuel crisis has taken away taxi driving and frustration is high.

Jerusalem at a breaking point

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Palestinians protest as right-wing Israelis tour the Noble Sanctuary (Haram al-Sharif) mosque complex, known as the Temple Mount to Jews, in the Old City of Jerusalem, October 1, 2014. (Photo: EPA)

The Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem is under attack. Every day groups of settlers are given armed escorts through its gardens, Israeli soldiers loll on the grass and receive lectures from officers while access to Palestinian residents and worshipers is regularly restricted.

The refreshing bluntness of Ayelet Shaked

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Ayelet Shaked

Speaking at Cardozo Law School, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked dispensed with “Jewish values”. Liberty, nonviolence, justice – to her and the Jewish Home party, all can be readily sacrificed to the overarching mission of ethnic and religious homogeneity.

After 22 years it’s time to stop pretending about the peace process

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Netanyahu, Obama and Abbas

The international community has been acting over the last twenty years as though there is a genuine peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis while Israel furthered its interests by continuing to expand its colonial settlements and to deepen its security ties with PA security apparatuses to meet its own security needs. It is now time to declare the two-state solution well and truly dead.

To condemn, or not to condemn

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Avram Meitner writes the slaughter of Eitan and Naama Henkin, two settlers killed yesterday while traveling between the settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh, is terrorism in the same way that the slaughter of hundreds of innocent men, women and children in Gaza is terrorism. Either oppose both equally, or accept that you are led by primitive tribalism rather than principles.

In Ramallah, thousands celebrate Palestine at the UN amid doubt it will result in meaningful change

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Palestinians watch Mahmoud Abbas address the United Nations General Assembly and the raising of the Palestinian flag at United Nations headquarters via simulcast in Ramallah, September 20, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah gathered outdoors Thursday evening to watch a simulcast of President Mahmoud Abbas address the United Nations General Assembly, and celebrate the raising of the Palestinian flag at UN headquarters. Despite the excitement at the event, many of the onlookers were skeptical of the achievement and voiced criticisms of Abbas’s announcement that the Palestinian Authority is no longer bound by the Oslo Accords.