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Israel/Palestine

16-year-old Palestinian boy shot and killed for throwing stones

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Body of Omar Yousef Madi al-Jawabreh, photo by Ma'an agency

Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian during clashes in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron’s al-‘Arrub refugee camp on Tuesday. Doctors at a hospital in Hebron identified the boy as Omar Yousef Madi al-Jawabreh

In Memory of Dov Yermiya

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Dov Yermiya - 
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Palestinian doctor Hatim Kanaaneh could be friends with Israeli veteran Dov Yermiya because Yermiya turned against Zionism and acknowledged the discrimination against Palestinians. But Yermiya drew the line at 1948, a war he participated in. “We won.”

When you are under administrative detention

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Israeli soldiers body searching a Palestinian man in Hebron (Photo: EAPPI/P.Morgan)

Samir is a friendly young man from Hebron who has a dream: to leave Palestine. When Sabrina Tucci asks him why he tells her his story of being held in Israeli administrative detention, “In prison I did not have any rights. Outside I am a man, but inside they destroyed me. This is why I want to leave this country,” Samir says as his voices shakes.

Meet Haggai Segal, Israel’s terrorist journalist

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Haggai Segal in 2011 (Photo: Nir Keidar)

Haggai Segal was convicted of blowing off the leg of a West Bank mayor and permanently blinding an Israeli policeman in 1984 when he was a member of the notorious “Jewish Underground.” Today, he is a respected journalist, despite the fact that he has never expressed remorse for his crimes.

Israeli settlers attack a 65-year-old Palestinian shepherd

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Sheep and a shepherd near an Israeli settlement, photo by Int'l Solidarity Movement, by way of IMEMC

Israeli settlers from illegal colonies south of Hebron assaulted a 65-year-old Palestinian shepherd, Khader Hamad, as he was tending his sheep on hills occupied by the Israeli government, and left him badly bruised.

Three Joint List MKs suspended from Knesset over visit to Palestinian attacker’s homes

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Hanin Zoabi.

Three members of the Joint List—the third largest faction in Israel— were suspended from Knesset today for visiting the homes of East Jerusalem Palestinian families whose relatives carried out attacks against Israelis in recent weeks. Hanin Zoabi and Basel Ghattas will be barred from Knesset meetings for four months, and Jamal Zahalka for two.

Couple in besieged Gaza hopes to crowdfund their wedding

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Hakim Zughbor and Falastin Tanani (Photo: Ezz Zanoon)

Hakim Zughbor and Falastin Tanani have been unable to find work in a Gaza economy devastated by siege but are not letting that prevent them from beginning their lives together. Hakim and Falastin have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money for their wedding, an unusual step in the Gaza Strip, where tradition and conservatism rule. But in a place where electricity comes on two hours per day and salt water comes out of the sink, Gaza’s residents have turned to unorthodox ways of accomplishing their goals.

Thousands take part in funeral of 14-year-old Palestinian boy shot outside Hebron

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Haitham Ismail Muhammad al-Baw, 14, who was killed by Israeli forces Feb. 5 in occupied Halhul

Many Palestinian officials took part in the funeral Saturday of Haitham Ismail Muhammad al-Baw, 14, who was shot by Israeli forces in the village of Halhul outside Hebron Friday because he allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail. Al-Baw is the 170th Palestinian killed since the wave of violence began last October.

Hunger-striking Palestine journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq said to be near death

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Hunger Striking Journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq Enters Coma

The Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq is near death, after entering his 48th day of hunger strike at a hospital in Afula, Israel, according to Amnesty International. His hunger strike against Israeli detention began Nov. 24, 2015, after soldiers blew the front door of his house off and arrested him.

In Photos: Israeli forces close down village of 25,000 following deadly attack by three youths

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Israeli forces closed all seven entrances to the village. Each entrance has seen clashes and protests, as residents continue to demand their village be opened.  (Photo: Abed al Qaisi)

Israeli forces closed down Qabatiya village in the northern occupied West Bank overnight Wednesday, following an attack carried out by three teens from the village who shot and killed a 19-year-old Israeli police officer, and seriously injured another. All three teens were shot dead at the scene, but Israeli forces retaliated by closing down the attackers’ hometown. Around 25,000 people in the large northern village are on lockdown.

Double standard seen as Israel sentences minors involved in Abu Khdeir murder to prison but no punitive measures

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Suha Abu Khdier, mother of slain Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdier, shows a photograph of her son who was abducted and burned alive in July 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Two Israeli minors were convicted in a Jerusalem district court this afternoon for the abduction and killing of 16-year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July 2014. One of the killers aged 17 was sentenced to life in prison, and the younger defendant aged 16 was sentenced to a lesser 21 years. “We are really disappointed feeling sad and angry,” said Amsam Abu Khdeir hours after the judgment was issued. “We want to treat them as they treat any Palestinian, to demolish their houses, and withdraw their nationality, and to get a lifetime in prison. As they [the killers] prevent Mohammed from life, they should taste the same and whatever this court sentence is it won’t be enough for us. Nothing will bring Mohammed back to us. They burned him for the second time today.”

60 Palestinians homeless after Israel razes West Bank village for army training zone

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Demolition in Khirbet Jenbah in the South Hebron Hills on February 2, 2016. (Photo: Nasser Nasser Nawaj'ah/B'Tselem)

Some 60 Palestinians awoke Tuesday morning to the sound of bulldozers razing their West Bank village in the South Hebron Hills as the Israeli army cleared the grounds to expand a live-fire training zone. The military demolished 22 structures in the herding community of Khirbet Jenbah, a ramshackle town with houses made of tin, tarp and stone. Thirty-two children were left homeless.

Israeli forces invade West Bank village after Palestinians kill police officer in Jerusalem

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A Palestinian protester throws a molotov cocktail at Israeli security forces during clashes in Qabatiya, a town near Jenin in the north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on February 4, 2016. Israeli forces locked down Qabatiya that was home to Palestinians who killed a policewoman and wounded another in Jerusalem, an attack analysts called an escalation after months of violence. (Photo: Nedal Eshtayah/ APA Images)

Israeli forces stormed the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin’s Qabatiya village, the home of three Palestinian youths who were shot dead Wednesday after killing one 19-year-old Israeli police officer and seriously injuring another, a PLO spokesman told Ma‘an. Ali Zakarneh said that during the raid, Israeli forces shot and injured four youths with live bullets, one of whom is in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the ghost of U.N. past

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It's sunrise on the Israeli settlement city of Har Homa, in Bethlehem. [T Suarez]

“I will always stand up to those who challenge Israel’s right to exist”, Ban Ki-moon assures the world, handing Israel carte blanche to define just what ‘Israel’ is, a definition the world has waited for in vain since 1948. Does it extend to Ma’ale Adumim? The Jordan? The Nile? Will citizens someday be equal? It doesn’t look promising, but whatever it is, we support it!

Despite total lack of evidence, Israeli court sentences ‘Hares Boys’ to 15 years in prison

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Justice takes a beating

No evidence, no eye witnesses, and no crime preceded the capture, torture and forced confessions of the Hares Boys, 5 Palestinian youths from the West Bank village of Hares. And yet Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Ammar Souf, and Tamer Souf were recent sentenced, after almost 3 years of imprisonment and over 100 hearings, by the Israeli occupation military court to 15 years in prison.

‘An Arab is an Arab’

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The late Golda Meir, who declared in 1969 that there was never such a thing as Palestinians

Seeking to define Palestinians as Arabs is another way that Zionist Israelis have sought to deny Palestinian nationality on the part of non-Jewish citizens, to secure the state’s definition as the “Jewish State,” and to finish the Nakba by denying the existence of Palestine, outside of a couple of Bantustans.