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Palestinian-American teen denied access to Israel’s airport

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Dina Shehadah, 17, at her family home in al-Bireh near Ramallah. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Photo of Dina Shehadeh at her family home in al-Bireh near Ramallah by Allison Deger Dina Shehadeh, 17, was about to begin her senior year of high school in Ohio where she was born and raised. But two weeks ago, after spending the summer with her extended family in the West Bank, she was separated

Revenge devoid of purpose: Punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes

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While the kidnapping of three Israeli settler youth in early June unleashed two military operations, Operation Brothers’ Keeper in the West Bank and Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, what emerged out of the destruction, killing and suffering was the stark realization that Israel has nowhere to go politically. Having deliberately and systematically eliminated the two-state

Witnessing Gaza

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. As we approach the endgame of this phase of Gaza’s tribulations – for rest assured, Gaza’s tribulations will continue – reporters on the ground are writing and photographing the disaster. Like all

West Bank man detained at Allenby crossing for 28 days suffers mental breakdown

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West Bank / Jerusalem Palestinian detained by Israel at Allenby suffers mental breakdown NABLUS (Ma‘an) 16 Aug — On July 18, 30-year-old Muath Dureidi crossed the Allenby Bridge into the West Bank, excited to take a job in his native Palestine after receiving word that a local company had accepted his application. His excitement turned

A brief respite in Gaza

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Over the past three and a half weeks Israel’s Operation Protective Edge has sunk Gaza into a besieged land corridor of misery. The civilian casualties have exceeded 1,800, and over 500,000–a quarter of Gaza’s population–are displaced. Although overpowering, the devastation does have brief breaks. During ceasefire hours a semblance of normal life returns. When I had a

With nearly half a million displaced in Gaza, UNRWA head calls on Israel to take responsibility

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Today the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) told members of the UN Security Council that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has surpassed United Nations capabilities for emergency shelter and services and is now the responsibility of the Israel army. “The occupying power will have to assume direct responsibility,” said Pierre Krahenbuhl,

Video: Protesters set Israeli checkpoint aflame following funeral in Beit Ummar

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An Israeli checkpoint sustained significant damage in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar near Hebron on Friday after clashes broke out following the funeral of 3 Palestinians killed earlier in the day. Israeli forces incurred into the village of 20,000 on July 25th to quell protests following midday prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan

Video: Night raid in Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp

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The news is rightfully focused on Gaza right now, but that doesn’t mean life is quiet in the West Bank. The video above was shot by Kelly Lynn last night in Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp. Here’s the description: Israeli Defense Forces raid Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp early in the morning on July 21st, 2014. Soldiers arrested 3

Israel destroys el-Wafa hospital as staff evacuates all patients

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The Israeli military has destroyed el-Wafa rehabilitation hospital in the Gaza Strip, after first targeting the facility with five missiles on July 11, 2014. The Israeli military began striking the building around 8:oo pm this evening and within two hours all hospital staff and patients had evacuated the only rehabilitation center in the Gaza Strip. As they

Hamas has agreed to a ceasefire, says senior Palestinian official (Updated)

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Update (7/16/14): Yesterday we reported Hamas had accepted a ceasefire with Israel based on a source within the PLO. As of right now a ceasefire has not gone into effect and The Guardian is reporting that Hamas has officially rejected the Egyptian cease fire proposal. While we stand behind the reporting of what were told,

Tensions rise on West Bank, and 22-year-old dies after Israelis stop ambulance

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While Gaza is now in the seventh day of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, an hour and a half by car from the besieged strip, a Palestinian was killed overnight in Hebron during clashes with Israeli forces as the army continued a hunt for men wanted in connection to the abduction and killing of three Israeli

The Aftermath: Home demolitions and dead Palestinian teen follow Netanyahu call for revenge

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“There are not many Arabs driving with yellow plates,” said Mier Sh’aribi, 18, detailing his methods for flagging Israeli cars at the Gush Etzion intersection where three youths were abducted 19 days prior. Sh’aribi, an Israeli settler who lives in East Jerusalem, was hitching a ride to the funeral for the teens whose remains were found Monday evening

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers raid Hebron as West Bank crackdown enters second week

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As the largest military operation in the West Bank in a decade enters its second week, Israel raided H2, the area of Hebron under Israeli security control, for the first time since the second Intifada. Overnight 200 soldiers were deployed to arrest eight Palestinians, including five from one family. In the process seven others were

The Ramallah bubble just popped: Reflections on a city under siege

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The Ramallah bubble just popped. Just a few days ago I reassured a colleague living in Jerusalem not to worry, because Ramallah is safe. “Is that what you tell yourselves?” she asked. I knew, of course, that anything could happen here, but had wrongly assumed that Ramallah was to some extent off-limits, even amidst all

Photo Essay: Israeli night raids terrorize families of Azza Refugee Camp

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It feels as though the whole of the refugee camp has taken an inward breath. Every member of the camp is silent—only murmured voices of Hebrew can be heard through the dark, narrow alleyways. Every light has been turned off, but the quiet is tense instead of peaceful. The only movement is the periodic head

Israel can’t force-feed occupation to those who hunger for freedom

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For more than a month Israel sought to wriggle off a hook that should have snared it from the start. Two children, 17 and 16, were shot dead during Nakba Day protests near Ramallah, in which youths threw stones ineffectually at well-protected and distant Israeli military position. Hundreds of Palestinian children have lost their lives

‘This is not looking for the missing settlers, it is just trying to punish us’: A report from ten days of lockdown in Hebron

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A young boy pushes a makeshift scrap metal barrier for protection from the IDF in Hebron, June 22, 2014. (Photo: Sheren Khalel)

As the search for the three missing teenage settlers intensifies, the city of Hebron continues to experience complete lockdown. Checkpoints are set up across the district, barring any residents from leaving Hebron. These checkpoints are additional to the previous ones that have been in place for years. Generally checkpoints aren’t found in Area A (the