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The banality of evil as captured in a selfie

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(Photo: Christian Peacemaker Teams)

A photo taken by the Christian Peacemaker Team shows Palestinian men being detained at a checkpoint in Hebron while Israeli soldiers take a group selfie.

Israel closes crossing to Gaza for Passover

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Kerem Shalom Crossing  to Gaza (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)

Ma‘an reports, “Israeli authorities closed the Kerem Shalom crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel from Thursday for the end of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Head of the PA’s Crossings and Border Department, Nathmi Mhanna, told Ma‘an the crossing would be sealed until Sunday with the exception of fuel entering the besieged enclave.”

Hamas wins major student elections in the West Bank for second year running

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Thousands of students gathered at Birzeit for the student elections, flooding the campus with political garb, most of which showed support for one of three student groups affiliated with Hamas, Fatah and the PFLP.(Photo: Abed Al Qaisi)

Hamas scored another victory on Wednesday at Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank, winning 25 seats in the university’s student elections. The university, considered the most liberal of all campuses in the West Bank, is seen as an indicator for the political climate across the West Bank.

‘The IDF and security forces are not murderers’

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Yishai Shlissel, tackled on ground after attack at Gay Pride parade, and knife taken from him -- without killing him

Netanyahu claims that Israeli killings of Palestinians wielding knives are in self-defense and not extrajudicial executions. So why do Israelis treat a knife-wielding Jewish killer so differently?

An Israeli journalist asks, ‘What happened to the people in the photographs?’

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The faces of the deceased are circled in Kratsman's images from Jenin refugee camp in 2007. (Image: M.Kratsman)

Israeli photojournalist Miki Kratsman has documented the effects of Israel’s brutal occupation on Palestinian life for over three decades. Since 2011, he has uploaded over 6000 facial portraits to his ‘People I Met’ Facebook page. Taken over decades from all over Gaza and the West Bank, the faces are uploaded with just the date, location and Kratsman’s simple question: “What happened to the people in the photographs?”

As right-wing incitement spreads through Israeli society, Netanyahu looks to extinguish fire he has stoked for years

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(Image: Carlos Latuff)

Last week more than 5,000 Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in a massive outpouring of support for the Israeli soldier recently indicted on manslaughter charges for executing a wounded, immobile Palestinian man in Hebron. The rally included signs featuring the motto of the Nazi SS and was the latest example of the genocidal current running through Israeli society. In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “I suggest that everyone lower the flames,” but Netanyahu himself has been stoking these flames since Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish opponent of the Oslo Accords.

The end of apartheid in Israel will not destroy the country, it can only improve it

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Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, on October 15, 2015 (AFP Photo/Mohammed Abed)

Nada Elia says she keeps hearing that if BDS accomplishes its goals and Palestinians achieve their rights then Israel will disappear. But in the same way she cannot fathom how someone would claim that “there is no South Africa” after apartheid, she says the end of a Jewish supremacist state will not be an act of destruction, but a global victory for justice.

Israel destroys Bedouin village al-Araqib for the 97th 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)

Israeli forces on Tuesday destroyed the unrecognized Bedouin community of al-Araqib in the Negev for the 97th time, amid a record-high wave of demolitions to be carried out by Israel this year. Al-Araqib resident Salim Abu Mdeighem told Ma‘an News that riot police from Israel’s Yasam unit raided the community before securing the entrance of two bulldozers that carried out the demolitions.

Thousands of Israelis fill Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in support for soldier who executed Palestinian

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Several thousands Israelis filled Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in support of the executioner-soldier Elor Azarya

Dan Cohen reports from Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square where last night more than 5,000 Israelis gathered in in a massive outpouring of support for Elor Azarya, the Israeli soldier and French citizen who was recently indicted on manslaughter charges for executing a wounded, immobile Palestinian man on March 24 in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Cohen writes the rally was, “the largest public display of fascism since the last war on Gaza in 2014, when anti-war protesters were beaten in the streets. Among the sea of flags and signs, one read “My honor is loyalty” – the motto of the Nazi SS. Last night was the latest example of the genocidal current running through the Israeli right wing, one that has support from the grassroots to the Knesset.”

Ringleader in Abu Khdeir murder case convicted in Jerusalem court

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Protesters hold posters of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was killed last year, outside the district court in Jerusalem on November 30, 2015. The court on Monday convicted two Israeli youths in the grisly killing of Abu Khdeir, while delaying a verdict for 31-year-old Yosef Haim Ben-David in the case due to a last-minute insanity plea. The judge determined that Ben David, and two Israeli minors had snatched Abu Khdeir from an east Jerusalem sidewalk in July 2014 and burned him alive in a forest outside the city. (Photo: Mahfouz Abu Turk/APA Images)

Today, a Jerusalem district court convicted the ringleader of the 2014 murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was abducted near his home in East Jerusalem and burned alive. The defendant, Yosef Haim Ben-David, 30, will be sentenced in the coming weeks. He along with two minors kidnapped Abu Khdeir and beat and killed the youth. The slaying prompted weeks of unrest and gained international prominence as a high-profile case of settler violence against Palestinians.

PA under renewed criticism for security coordination with Israel

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Palestinian supporters of the Hamas movement burn an Israeli flag during a demonstration against the political arrests and the violence against Hamas members by PA security in the West Bank, in Gaza City on June 11, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed Asad/APA Images)

The detention by Palestinian Authority security forces of three Palestinians who allegedly planned to carry out an attack inside Israel this week brought renewed public criticism of the PA amid a slew of political disputes. The PA finds itself pitted between a need to appease the Israeli authorities through security coordination and the mass upheaval such coordination brings among political rivals and the wider public.

Israeli army operation in downtown Ramallah causes sweeping fire

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Palestinian assess damage to a West Bank shop burned beyond repair in a fire started by the Israeli military, al-Bireh. (Photo: Allison Deger)

A fire started by Israeli forces during a botched operation to dentate explosives in a West Bank commercial zone quickly spread and burned a Palestinian government office, at least nine stores and an open-air market, in the early morning hours Thursday.

Video: Israelis are not feeling the Bern in Jerusalem

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Screenshot from 'Israelis are not feeling the Bern in Jerusalem'

On Monday, April 11, 2016, Dan Cohen went to Jerusalem’s Zion Square to ask Israelis for their thoughts on Bernie Sanders, the Jewish-American presidential candidate. Nearly all of the Israelis he spoke to had strong dislike for Sanders, and many disparaged him, even disqualifying him as a Jew.