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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.

Can there be poetry after Netanyahu?

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Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu and his government are thoroughly complicit with the efforts to brand their political opponents and artists opposed to the status quo as traitors. Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev recently tabled a proposal for a “Loyalty Bill” that would allocate government grants solely to artists supportive of the regime. The proposed legislation has been likened to the McCarthyist witch-hunts in the US of the 1950s, but we need not travel so far in time to find alarming parallels. It is obvious that the Israeli right is emulating above all Putin’s Russia of the 2010s.

Netanyahu taps Internet freedom activist known for pranking Iranian officials as new spokesperson

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David Keyes is reportedly Benjamin Netanyahu's new English-language spokesman. (Photo: Wikipedia/Creative Commons)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly have a new English-language spokesperson in March: David Keyes, who has made a name for himself as an Internet freedom advocate. Keyes is the executive director of a group called Advancing Human Rights, and runs CyberDissidents.org, a database of Internet dissidents. Now Keyes, who has long-standing ties to the Israeli elite, is going to work for a man whose security forces have locked up dozens of Palestinian activists for social media posts in recent years.

Israel charges two Jewish extremist youths in Duma killings

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Sa'ad Dawabshe (R), Ali Dawabshe (C), and Riham Dawabshe (L), were killed from injuries sustained in a settler arson attack on the West Bank village of Duma on July, 31, 2015. (Photo: Hassan Shaalan/YNet News)

Israel charged two suspects this morning in district court for an arson attack on the West Bank village of Duma where Jewish extremists killed three Palestinians five months ago in most high-profile case of settler violence. The lead suspect is Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21, who is said to have confessed to the firebombing. His alleged accomplice, 17, is unnamed.

Israeli settlers at a wedding party cheer burning of Palestinian baby

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Israeli wedding-goers rejoice over the killing of a Palestinian baby. (Screenshot: Channel 10)

Israeli police have opened an investigation into a group of extremist Israelis who recorded themselves rejoicing over the killing of a Palestinian baby by stabbing a photograph of the toddler who was burned alive earlier this year. Footage of the incident aired on Israeli news stations last night, depicting a wedding party in a West Bank settlement waving knives and guns in the air while singing “we will take revenge on the Palestinians.”

Large majority of Palestinians in WB and Gaza think a full scale Intifada is on the horizon

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A Palestinian protester burns tires during clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli army on in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad, northeast of Ramallah after a demonstration to call for the return of the bodies of killed alleged Palestinian attackers, December 11, 2015 (Photo: Shadi Hatem/APA Images/Mondoweiss)

For the first time since the weeks leading up to the second Intifada, or the 2000-2005 uprising, a majority of Palestinians believe current intensified violence will build into a full scale Intifada with greater potential to achieve their goals than peace talks with Israel, said a report published on Monday by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey (PCPS), the West Bank’s leading independent pollster.

Tensions remain high as Israeli military conducts raid in Ramallah

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Israeli forces and Palestinian youth clash in the center of Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian government in the West Bank. (Photo: Raya)

Last night, Israeli soldiers entered the West Bank city of Ramallah and raided a municipal library as nearly 100 Palestinian youth clashed with soldiers setting on fire tires and trash cans. Palestinians view Israeli army activities inside of the de facto capital as an escalation to an already tense few months.

Ayman Odeh, a top Palestinian Israeli leader, is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Ayman Odeh, member of Israeli Knesset, speaking at a social gathering in NY last night.

Ayman Odeh, a Palestinian Israeli leader in the Knesset, made a pilgrimage to the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s congregation. “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s approach is to create hate. But we don’t want Jews against Arabs, Arabs against Jews. We want another approach: Arabs and Jews against racism and segregation,” Odeh explains.

‘There is no justice here in Israel’: Two found guilty of murdering Mohammed Abu Khdeir, but ringleader verdict delayed

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Aisha Abu Khdeir, aunt of shows a family album of pictures of Mohammed Abu Khdeir after an Israeli court issues guilty verdicts for two of the accused killers, and delays ruling on a third. (Photo: Allison Deger)

An Israeli court today convicted two Jewish minors who abducted and burned Mohammed Abu Khdeir alive in July 2014. The court delayed ruling on the alleged ringleader, 29-year old settler Yosef Haim Ben-David pending an additional psychiatric evaluation. “Frankly I was shocked. I hoped they all would get a punishment,” said the mother of the victim, Suha Abu Khdeir, 45, from her living room hours after the trial ended. “It’s like they burned him again.”

Zionism is blocking the path to peace

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Israelis gathered on a hilltop outside the town of Sderot on Monday to watch the bombardment of Gaza. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The most dangerous threat Palestinians face in their struggle for freedom and human rights, besides the Israeli war machine, is the absence of historical context. Political Zionism is an ideology that is inherently racist, supremacist, and exclusivist. If you seek to understand the conflict, if you believe in and strive for a just peace in Israel-Palestine, this is where your fight starts.

In escalation against Palestinian citizens of Israel, government bans Islamic Movement of Northern Israel

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Head of the Islamic Movement of Northern Israel Sheikh Ra'ed Salah outside of Ramle prison near Tel Aviv, 2010. (Photo: Yossi Zeliger/Flash 90)

On Monday, Israel’s security cabinet outlawed the Islamic Movement of Northern Israel, arrested a senior officer and shut down 17 affiliated charities claiming the organizations sought “to subvert the state in order to establish an Islamic caliphate in its place.” Head of the Joint Arab List Ayman Odeh asserted the move was politically motivated and strategically timed after the Paris attacks on Friday to suggest a link between the Israel-based group and ISIS. “The decision was made for strategic purposes, and its timing indicates that Netanyahu wishes to position the conflict as a religious conflict,” Odeh said.

Netanyahu: In wake of Paris attacks, world should condemn attacks against Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walking in a march with heads of state, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) after attacks in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo offices and a Kosher grocery store, June 15, 2015. (Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters)

After the tragic events in Paris on Friday where gunmen affiliated with the Islamic State or ISIS killed at least 140 in separate and coordinated attacks, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on world leaders to condemn acts of “terrorism” and “radical Islam” perpetrated by Palestinians, claiming “the terrorists who attack us have the same murderous intent as those in Paris.”

Israeli army makes post in Hebron activist house

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Israeli soldiers inside of the Hebron-based Youth Against Settlements office/living quarters, Saturday November 7, 2015. (Photo: Youth Against Settlements)

“I won’t take compensation from occupation,” Issa Amro says of destruction to his property in Hebron by Israeli soldiers. Early Saturday morning Amro, 35, awoke to dozens of Israeli soldiers entering the Youth Against Settlements house and presenting him with a military order to seize control of the house for 24-hours. Amro, along with an Italian journalist on assignment with an Israeli paper, and two international activists who were staying at the Youth Against Settlements advocacy center were then ushered into a single bedroom where, with the exception of escorted bathroom breaks, they were forced to stay until after daybreak Sunday.

PLO report: Israel killed 73 Palestinians in October

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Palestinians mourn over the body of 23-years-old Muhammad Shemasina, killed by Israeli soldiers on October, during his funeral ceremony in Jerusalem, on November 02, 2015. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

During the month of October Israeli forces killed 73 Palestinians, and Palestinians killed 11 Israelis in more than 30 attacks amid increased violence dubbed the “knife Intifada” or “third Intifada” by Palestinian media. The month of October also saw the highest number of settler attacks on Palestinians in years. In total there were 287 incidents which included settlers running over Palestinians in hit and runs, torching agricultural fields, stoning Palestinian houses and, attacking the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

Majority of Palestinian citizens of Israel blame gov’t for violence, fear revenge attacks, limit their movements

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Palestinian citizens of Israel protest outside of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem, 2013. (Photo:  Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

After violence took hold of Jerusalem at the beginning of October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged the fault fell on Palestinian Authority, Hamas and the Islamic movement of northern Israel for inciting attacks against Israelis, and spurring demonstrations across the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza that have led to the killings of Palestinian protesters. Yet the 20-percent Arab-Palestinian minority in Israel believe that it is the Israeli government, and not the Palestinian leadership that is responsible for the outbreak of hostilities, according to a survey published by the Haifa-based think tank Mada al-Carmel.