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Israeli soldiers attack Palestinians planting olive trees

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Violence / Detentions — West Bank / Jerusalem Nine Palestinians injured on 11th Friday of Rage, says Health Ministry RAMALLAH (WAFA) 16 Feb – At least nine Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces’ live bullets or rubber-coated steel rounds as the forces quelled a number of protests across the occupied West Bank on the eleventh […]

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held without trial or charge launch boycott of Israeli courts

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Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons under administrative detention — Israel’s widely condemned policy of detention without charge or trial — launched an open-ended boycott of Israeli courts on Thursday. The 450 administrative detainees released a joint statement announcing the boycott, saying “the core of resisting administrative detention policy comes from boycotting this Israeli legal system.”

Video: Susiya calls for greater international solidarity to stop demolitions following Israeli high court decision

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On the February 5th, the Israeli High Court of Justice decided that seven structures in the village of Susiya, in the south Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank, could be demolished by Israel without delay. These seven structures are home to 42 residents of the village, of which half are children. Susiya has become an international symbol of Palestinian villages resistance against displacement, and the villagers say more international solidarity is needed to prevent these demolitions.

‘Preparing the hearts’ – how the Temple Mount movement works towards their goal of building the Third Temple over the ruins of Al Aqsa

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“Their ultimate goal is no conspiracy theory,” reports Mersiha Gadzo on the growing movement to destroy the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque, in order to build a Third Temple: “One of the leading Temple movement organizations is the Temple Institute, which has had a blueprint ready for the temple’s construction since 2011. In 2014 they crowdfunded over $100,000 on Indiegogo to prepare architectural plans for their Third Temple.”

US funding cuts for UNRWA, the legacy of a failed American dream

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Last month’s decision by the Trump Administration to substantially cut funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has cast a dark shadow over the lives of the 5 million refugees it supports, and marks a turning point in US relations with the agency which the US government was instrumental in creating and shaping. Jo Kelcey reviews this history and writes, “Early plans for UNRWA show an unquestionably strong American influence. They also reveal the dissonance of US policy in the Middle East.”

Video: ‘You are godless atheists’ –Jewish settlers harass Palestinian kindergarten

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A group of Jewish settlers led by Anat Cohen gathered on February 10 at the door to the kindergarten of a Palestinian school in occupied Hebron and attempted to break in. One settler chanted in Arabic to Palestinians, “you are godless atheists and we are the true believers (the chosen people).” They then moved on with Israeli soldiers to a Palestinian house and the soldiers stopped construction on it.

‘Fake News!’: the view from Israel’s occupation

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had mastered the rhetoric of “fake news” long before Donald Trump: “They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can. They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause”

High-profile actors, artists, athletes, and activists join Dream Defenders in supporting Ahed Tamimi

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The civil rights organization Dream Defenders, along with leading entertainers and civil rights icons including Danny Glover, Rosario Dawson, and Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, issue a statement in support of Ahed Tamimi: “The Tamimi family stands up to Israel’s brutality because they believe Palestinians, like ALL  people, should be free. Dream Defenders stands with them and all Palestinians in their righteous struggle. Now, and always, we commit to building a more just and loving world for us all.”

During Israeli manhunt in Nablus, 110 Palestinians are injured, one killed

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In their manhunt for the Palestinian teen suspected of stabbing and killing an Israeli settler on Monday, Israeli forces raided Nablus on Wednesday and injured 110 Palestinians, including one man run over by a Jeep. A Palestinian youth, Khaled Walid Tayeh, 22, was killed, one of three Palestinians killed this week by Israeli forces.

Upcoming Likud bill is Israel’s latest attempt to annex the settlements

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Israel’s ruling Likud party announced last Sunday a new bill that seeks to apply Israeli domestic law directly to settlements, which would de facto annex all of the illegal West Bank settlements to Israel. Whether the bill is finally passed or not, it is clear is that Israeli annexation policies will continue unstopped, as they have since the beginning of the occupation.

Kindergarteners in Hebron protest Israel’s detention of 350 children

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Badee Dwaik: At the demonstration the children carried signs protesting the occupation, an all encompassing word for the abuses and indignities that are carried out against them by Israeli soldiers and settlers. They chanted, “every child deserves a childhood.”

14-year-old girl forced alone into Gaza is another example of the Israeli occupation’s cruelty

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How did a 14-year-old Palestinian girl who has never set foot in the open-air prison of Gaza find herself being dumped there by Israeli officials – alone, at night and without her parents being informed? Jonathan Cook says the terrifying ordeal – a child realising she had not been taken home but discarded in a place where she knew no one – reveals Israel’s casual indifference to the fate of the people they have ruled over for five decades.

‘Death to Ahed Tamimi’: Israeli settlers vandalize Nabi Saleh

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On Thursday night, when residents of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank were sound asleep in their homes, Israeli settlers crept through the village’s streets, vandalizing walls with graffiti threatening jailed teen activist Ahed Tamimi and her family.

Some of the graffiti reads: “Death to Ahed Tamimi,” “There’s no place in this world for Ahed Tamimi,” and another demanding that the Tamimi family be “kicked out of the country.”

Video: Palestinian refugees burn effigies of Trump and Pence to protest aid cuts

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US President Donald Trump’s continued threats to cut funding to vital aid organizations such as UNRWA has marked an escalation in the widening rift between Palestinians and the U.S. after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. This has spurred a nationwide boycott of the American government and prompted Palestinians to take to the streets in protest.

‘They’re trying to punish us through our children’: A report from Nabi Saleh on Ahed Tamimi’s 17th birthday

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On January 31st Ahed Tamimi’s family celebrated her 17th birthday without her. Tamimi has been in Israeli detention since a pre-dawn raid on her family home on December 19th. While her case has become a global symbol of Palestinian resistance, the Tamimi family is missing several of its members in Israeli prisons, including Mohammad and Osama Tamimi who have been kept in solidarity confinement. “The Israeli’s believe this virus of non violent resistance that needs to be killed in Nabi Saleh so it doesn’t spread. Now they’re trying to punish us through our children,” Manal Tamimi tells Mondoweiss.

‘We are proud of her’: Palestinian teenagers on the importance of Ahed Tamimi

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Since Ahed Tamimi’s arrest, she has become an international icon for the experiences of Palestinian children under Israel’s more than half-century occupation. Mondoweiss sat down with teenagers in Bethlehem’s Dheisheh refugee camp, where Israeli violence is an everyday reality for its some 15,000 residents, to discuss their experiences living under Israeli military rule and how they relate to the now iconic teenager. Nancy Sarasra, 16, says, “I see Ahed as someone who refuses to stay quiet. All Palestinians know that it’s not easy to have soldiers invade your home. But Ahed is actually brave enough to stand up for herself and her family.”

Palestinian activists shut down Bethlehem meeting with US officials: ‘you are not welcome anymore!’

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Palestinian activists shut down a meeting in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday between a delegation from the U.S. Consulate and Palestinian city officials, marking an escalation in the widening rift between Palestinians and the U.S. after Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. After interrupting the meeting with banners comparing Trump to Nazis and ISIS, and shouting “you are not welcome anymore!” the American officials abruptly walked out of a conference room at the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Laith Abu Naim, 16, fourth Palestinian minor shot dead by Israeli forces so far in 2018

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According to his family, Laith Abu Naim, 16, was unarmed when an Israeli soldier shot the boy at a distance of two meters during clashes in their village of Mughayer, northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. “The soldiers killed him from a short range. They could have arrested him; they could have injured him; they could have shot his leg,” Laith’s uncle Marzouq Abu Naim told Palestinian media. “But the soldier meant to kill him. The bullet went through his eye and through the back of his head.” Abu Naim is the fourth Palestinian minor to be shot dead by Israeli forces in 2018 to date.

Israel advances death penalty legislation for those carrying out ‘terrorist operations’

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The Israeli Knesset voted earlier this month to amend the penal code in order to remove restriction on judges issuing the death penalty for those involved in murders while carrying out “terrorist operations.” The bill has not been adopted yet. From the monthly report on Palestinian health and human rights from Jewish Voice for Peace.