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Ringleader in Abu Khdeir kidnapping and murder given life sentence

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16-year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, kidnapped and murdered by three Israelis on July 2, 2014. (Photo: AFP)

The lead suspect of a gruesome kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teen two summers ago was sentenced today by a Jerusalem district court to life in prison, plus 20 years for additional crimes, ending a lengthy criminal trial that shook Palestinian communities across Israel and the occupied territory. After the sentencing was announced the victim’s cousin Ansam Abu Khdeir told Mondoweiss the punishment was not enough, “he deserves more than he got, more than he will get,” she said.

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

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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.

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.

Palestinians march in Negev to protest Bedouin evictions on 40th ‘Land Day’ commemoration

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Land Day protest in the southern Negev village of Umm el-Hieran, slated for demolition, as Palestinians mark the 40th anniversary of protests of land confiscations. (Photo: Joint List)

Palestinian citizens of Israel today marked “Land Day,” an annual commemoration of protests that began 40 years ago on March 30, 1976 when Israeli police killed six during a demonstration over land confiscations. As in years past, a general strike was announced for one day, and thousands protested in the north and the south of the country in opposition to a similar looming round of land expropriations.

‘We don’t want to find ourselves in a position like apartheid South Africa’: A report from Israel’s first national conference against BDS

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Entrance to the Ynet-sponsored #stopBDS conference. (Photo: Antony Loewenstein)

One of Israel’s biggest newspapers, Yedioth Ahronoth, staged the country’s first national conference against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in Jerusalem. Antony Loewenstien reports, “It was a surreal day, filled with determination to defeat BDS, but participants were seemingly incapable of truly understanding why the movement was surging globally. Fear, paranoia, anger and determination was ubiquitous amongst the panelists and audience. BDS could never have imagined a more high-profile advertisement for its agenda.”

Rejected by Brazil, Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan given diplomatic post in US

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Israeli Consul General Dani Dayan who formerly was the chairman of the pro-settler group the Yesha Council. (Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Last year Brazil refused to accept Israel’s bid for settler leader Dani Dayan to become the country’s next Israeli ambassador. According to a statement from Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office today, Dayan will now take a post in U.S. as the newest Consul General in New York instead.

Netanyahu defends Israeli military after soldier caught on tape executing Palestinian: ‘Any challenge to the morality of the IDF is outrageous’

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the Israeli army Sunday as controversy gripped the country over a soldier caught on video shooting a Palestinian in the head as he lay on the ground: “Any challenge to the morality of the IDF is outrageous and unacceptable. The soldiers of the IDF, our children, maintain high ethical values while courageously fighting against bloodthirsty murderers under difficult operational conditions.”

Israeli soldier filmed killing wounded Palestinian finds support among Israeli politicians

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Naftali Bennett at an Israel Project event in Jerusalem. (The Israel Project/Flickr)

As a video recording of an Israeli soldier killing a wounded Palestinian in Hebron on Thursday emerged hours after the shooting Israeli government officials and civil society representatives were split in their responses. Some quickly moved to condemn the shooting, while an outspoken group of Israeli leaders applauded the soldier and circulated a counter-theory of self-defense and heroism.

UN Human Rights Council to create ‘blacklist’ database of settlement businesses

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The Israeli flag flying over Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters)

The United Nations Human Rights Council will “produce a database of all business enterprises” operating in Israel’s settlements in territory occupied in 1967. The company blacklist was approved as part of a series of five resolutions passed by the Geneva-based group, condemning Israel’s control over Palestinian lands and re-affirming European guidelines to label Israeli products originating in the settlements.

Palestinians grapple with knife attacks as violence enters fifth month

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Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest against the separation wall and Jewish settlement near the Ofer prison in the west of the city of Ramallah on the West Bank on March 11, 2016. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/ Getty Images)

The killing of Israeli civilians and the young age of the Palestinian attackers, along with their almost inevitable deaths at the hands of police, are raising tough questions for Palestinians. A recent event in Ramallah featuring Mariam Barghouti, Diana Buttu and Husam Zomlot was billed as a discussion of whether an “Intifada” has began, but the conversation soon turned to personal feelings about knife attacks on Israelis.

Most Jews want to expel Palestinians — Pew’s ugly portrait of Israel

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Pew question re expelling or transferring Palestinian Israelis

A Pew survey of Israeli attitudes reflects the deep racism in Israeli Jewish society: most Jews (48 to 46) want Palestinian Israelis to be transferred or expelled from the state, and 4 out of 5 say they like discriminatory legal system. More than 3/4 of Palestinians say that the U.S. is too supportive of Israel.

Isaac Herzog ‘NYT’ op-ed shows Knesset opposition indistinguishable from Netanyahu coalition

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Isaac Herzog, leader of the Israeli “opposition,” outlines for the readers of the New York Times his recently announced separation plan, aimed at keeping the colonial project intact while affording the world the illusion of something en route to a state for the Palestinians. In the op-ed, “Only Separation Can Lead to a Two-State Solution,” Herzog is explicit that the plan eschews the establishment of a State of Palestinian at this time; instead it allows Israel to take what it wants while maintaining complete control. Neat trick.

‘When I have the opportunity to do it, I will’: Likud lawmaker vows to demolish Al-Aqsa mosque

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Likud lawmaker and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Oren Hazan (Photo: Dan Cohen)

“If the day comes and I have the opportunity to lead the country, not to mention become the prime minister, I will build the temple on the Temple Mount,” rookie Likud lawmaker and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Oren Hazan announced last Thursday night at a panel in Petach Tikvah, an Israeli city 20 kilometers east of Tel Aviv. After the panel discussion organized by the group Students For The Temple Mount, Dan Cohen and David Sheen asked Hazan how he would demolish Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock in order to make way for a temple, he replied, “It would not be responsible at this point in time to tell you how we would do it, but I will say it clear and loud: When I have the opportunity to do it, I will.”

Video: Israeli police continue firing after Palestinian attacker is incapacitated

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Screenshot of Al Jazeera footage of Israeli police shooting Mohammed Abu Khalaf moments after the Palestinian stabbed two border police officers.

Israeli police fired several rounds into an incapacitated Palestinian after he stabbed officers near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate yesterday morning. Two Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded in the attack. A team from Al Jazeera captured the killing as it unfolded in the background of their rolling cameras, astonished by the quantity of live-fire shot into the downed Palestinian.

Israel detains Washington Post bureau chief in Jerusalem accusing him of ‘incitement’ –updated

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William Booth, the Washington Post’s Jerusalem bureau chief, was conducting interviews by the Damascus Gate outside of the Old City’s walls in Jerusalem this afternoon when Israeli border police detained him, accusing the journalist of incitement. His detention comes at a time of tense words from the Israeli government aimed at the foreign press corps in Israel, and increased governmental scrutiny of Israeli journalists.