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Burning Palestinian Children: Settler violence is not exceptional

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A man from Duma peeks into the bedroom in which toddler Ali Dawabsheh was burned to death. (Photo: Jen Marlowe)

The burning to death of two Palestinian children over the past year by Israeli settlers is symptomatic of a larger violation of international law, established and maintained by Israel without limits: the Israeli settlement enterprise in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It is one of the main obstacles towards achieving a lasting and just peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Israel orders new demolitions for Bedouin community located in strategic Jerusalem corridor

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Jabal al-Baba

On August 3, 2015, a group of Israeli army vehicles and several Israeli Civil Administration representatives distributed seven demolition orders to the Bedouin community of Jabal al-Baba, which is located between East Jerusalem and the expansive Ma’ale Adumim settlement and at the heart of Israeli authorities’ E1 settlement plan. The plan aims to link settlements around Jerusalem, at once consolidating Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and separating the north of the West Bank from the south. When asked what the Bedouin community would do if these homes were demolished, community representative Atallah Masara responded without hesitation, “We will rebuild again.”

The deep roots of vigilante violence in Israeli society

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An Israeli demonstrator shouts at African asylum seekers in Levinsky Park, Tel Aviv, photo by Dan Cohen

The various forms of extreme violence that occurred over eighteen hours this weekend– whether directed at Palestinians in the West Bank or African asylum seekers or Israeli Jews in a Pride Parade – are deeply rooted in a greater context of normalized racism

Mother, father and brother of slain Palestinian toddler all remain in critical condition following settler attack

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Photo of the Dawabsha family

Ma‘an reports: The parents and brother of the 18-month-old Palestinian killed in an arson attack on Friday remained in critical condition on Sunday, the Palestinian Authority Minister of Health said. There has been a slight improvement in four-year-old Ahmad al-Dawabsha, but Saad al-Dawabsha suffers from third-degree burns covering 80 percent of his body, while his wife Riham suffers third-degree burns across 90 percent of her body.

The two-state pipedream: Israel will move 100s of 1000s of settlers

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Jewish star and "Revenge" Graffiti on the wall of Palestinian home firebombed in West Bank over weekend, Getty Images

Liberal Zionists and other two state advocates have to convince us that an Israeli government that has proven ineffective to do anything to stop a pattern of terroristic activities by Jews far away from the settlements can project the physical force necessary to move hundreds of thousands of settlers back into Israel.

Is it beyond the World Union for Progressive Judaism to mourn the death of a Palestinian toddler?

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World Union for Progressive Judaism logo

The World Union for Progressive Judaism, an international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, has issued a statement condemning the recent attacks on the Dawabshe family in the West Bank village of Duma and on the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade. However, from the statement it seems clear where the organization’s sympathies lie.

Mother of Palestinian baby burned to death tried to save her child

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Nasser Dawabshe (R) addresses 2,000 Israelis at an anti-terror rally in Tel Aviv, 1 August 2015. (Photo Allison Deger)

Riham Dawabshe, the mother of 18 month-old Ali Dawabshe who burned to death in a settler arson attack Friday in the West Bank hamlet of Duma, tried to save her baby while fleeing from her home, engulfed in flames. Gasoline bombs had crashed into the building shortly after 1:30am and quickly it filled with opaque smoke. Dawabshe, herself on fire, grabbed a blanket she thought cradled her son. She rushed outside. But the blanket was empty, a fact the mother only realized when in her front yard. Yet at that time the fire had grown, making reentry impossible.

‘We saw the fire eating the house': A report from the West Bank village of Duma

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A man from Duma peeks into the bedroom in which toddler Ali Dawabsheh was burned to death. (Photo: Jen Marlowe)

Jen Marlowe reports from the Palestinian village of Duma, where Israeli settlers had poured flammable liquid into the window of the Dawabsheh home and then tossed molotov cocktails inside burning 18-month old Ali Dawabsheh to death. A neighbor tells Marlowe that as horrific as this incident was, violence from Israeli settlers is all too familiar for Palestinians: “We live this action every day. We want to live. We have children, the same as you. We have people who want to live, the same as you. We are humans, just like you are. For all those who can hear me: We want to live. We deserve to live…Enough is enough. Enough with war.”

The burning of a Palestinian child: not an exception, but a result of Zionism

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Photo of the Dawabsha family

The murder of Ali Dawabsha is deeply connected to Israel’s “War of Independence,” which declared Israel as a Jewish state after a systematic process of ethnic cleansing that included massacres, like Deir Yassin, and soon after the Kafr Kassim massacre of 1956, whose perpetrators were pardoned and freed after a year.

The normal horrors

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An Israeli fire fighter climbs a ladder in the Church of Loaves and Fishes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel June 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner

The great horrors that the State of Israel is involved in are not in the outbursts of rage by extremists. They’re committed routinely, in all spheres of life: in the occupation, on a normal day, in the siege, on a normal day, and ordinary citizens justify them, Anat Rimon-Or writes on Facebook

The extremism of the center in Israel

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(Image: YouTube)

This Thursday was a day of terror in Israel. Almost immediately after an ultra-Orthodox fanatic Yishai Schlisser stabbed six people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, Jewish extremists perpetrated an arson attack in the village of Douma, near Nablus, killing a one-and-a-half year-old Palestinian toddler. Both crimes were explicitly condemned by the Israeli Prime-Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, who even expressed his “shock and horror” at the events. Yet, both would not have been possible without the climate of hatred incited by Netanyahu’s own extreme right-wing government.

Palestinian toddler killed in settler price-tag attack

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Israeli arsonists attack two Palestinian homes in the West Bank village of Duma, killing one Palestinian toddler. Arsonists also tagged the Hebrew word for "revenge" outside of the home. (Photo: Reuters)

A Palestinian toddler was killed in the central West Bank village of Duma in an overnight settler arson attack that targeted two homes. Eighteen-month old Ali Saad Dawabsha died in the gasoline fire-bombings, and his mother and brother were seriously injured. The wounded were transferred by helicopter to a Israeli hospital in Jerusalem for treatment. A funeral was held in Duma this morning for Dawabsha.

Leading American writer Abulhawa is denied entry to Palestine

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Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa, the renowned Palestinian American novelist and political commentator, was denied entry to Palestine at the Allenby Bridge yesterday. Her wrath is on full display: “Denied entry to my homeland by a bunch of fucking Zionist colonizers who didn’t think I was sufficiently deferential. Livid.”

Amnesty: Israel committed war crimes in retaliation for capture of Israeli soldier

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Rubble in Rafah, Gaza, after Israel's August 2014 bombing campaign (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

“What we saw was not just war,” Rafah resident Iyad Ghaboun said of Israel’s summer 2014 attack on Gaza. “It was like a meat machine making mincemeat from people without mercy.” Israel carried out war crimes and “possible crimes against humanity” in its attack on Rafah, Gaza from 1-4 August, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

‘This is our Israel, this is for the Jews. No Palestinian should come to Israel': A Palestinian-American’s story of being detained at Ben Gurion airport

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Ben Gurion airport

George Khoury tells a harrowing story of being detained and deported from Israel’s Ben Gurion airport. Khoury, an American citizen, was attempting to visit his homeland for the first time in 21 years. Even though he was traveling with an American passport an airport security agent told him, “You belong with the Palestinian people. This is our Israel, this is for the Jews. No Palestinian should come to Israel.”

Anniversaries: Who counts?

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Sheilah Rechtschaffer's sculpture in upstate New York, titled Gaza

At the first anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, we are facing a crisis of memory; Israel’s massive ground, air and sea assault killed nearly 2200 Palestinians, including over 500 children, but it pales in the media discourse next to the portrayal of the Palestinians as the sole aggressors

You be the judge

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian man during clashes after Israeli authorities limited access for Muslim worshipers to the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem on July 26, 2015. Israeli police entered the compound, one of Islam's holiest places, to tackle suspected Palestinian rioters, police said. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

Ahmad Gharabli photo of Jewish and Palestinian youths being taken away from Al Aqsa mosque shows starkly different treatment. The Palestinian is being manhandled by two soldiers, the Jewish boy is escorted by a soldier with a hand on his shoulder