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Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killers

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Yosef Haim Ben-David leaving district court in Jerusalem where he is on trial for the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, October 20, 2014. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances. “I do not hope for anything from the Israeli court because it is a racist court,” said the deceased’s father Hussein Abu Khdeir, continuing, “It judges for the Israelis, not the Arabs.”

Identities of minors who admitted to killing Mohammed Abu Khdeir to be revealed Monday

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A mourner holds the national flag as mourners gather for the funeral of Palestinian youth Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, (background image) in Shuafat, in Israeli annexed East Jerusalem, on July 4, 2014. Abu Khder, a Palestinian teenager was  kidnapped and killed, triggering violent clashes in East Jerusalem, in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of three Israeli youths. (Photo: Thomas Coex /AFP/Getty Images)

On Monday three Israelis who have admitted to the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 16-year old Palestinian who was burned to death over the summer after being abducted from behind his East Jerusalem home in a revenge killing for the unrelated kidnapping and slaying of three Israeli youths a month prior, will give their pleas in district court

Why is the United Nations doing business with G4S, notorious prison supplier?

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In early September, I accompanied an Iraqi friend to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Amman, Jordan to help register him officially as a refugee. There was a G4S logo on the gate attendant’s shirt. And G4S all over the compound. Why is the British company that serves Israeli prisons a UN contractor?

‘Get me out of the rubble, please, I’m alive’

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Talal's 11-year son standing on the wreckage of Gehad's house

Amid leveled-down houses, on his half-cracked wooden chair, with every sip of his wretched cigarette, a sigh burst. And the flashback of that sore scene with her voice echoing overwhelmed his words which clobbered all languages. His wrinkled face, mingled with melancholy, can deeply be delved into. Prefacing his heartbreaking story with her last words ever,

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

The West Bank insurrection

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After months of unremitting tensions in the West Bank, another Palestinian youth was killed in a run of protests Friday near the settlement of Psagot outside of Ramallah. The funeral for Mohammed al-Qadary, 19, was held Saturday following noon prayers. Afterword mourners scrambled up a hillside cut with terraces for yet another round of clashes

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

Who broke the ceasefire? Obama blames Hamas against the evidence

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In a bid to legitimize Israel’s violence in Gaza, Washington continues a disturbing pattern of baselessly blaming Hamas A beleaguered-looking President Barack Obama appeared before the Washington press corps on August 1 to lash into Hamas for supposedly violating the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire that his Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations had labored so

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

The fascists wanted to murder us: An eyewitness account of Haifa’s anti-war protest

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Editor’s note: The following account of this weekend’s violence in Haifa was first published on the author’s Facebook page.  I’m going to try to write up what I saw, heard, and experienced at the anti-war demonstration in the Carmel Center, Haifa on Saturday, July 19th2014. This was a difficult and traumatizing experience, one of the

Israeli military destroyed el-Wafa hospital even though it knew there were no weapons inside

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The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip’s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, which treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities, was heavily shelled Thursday evening causing an emergency evacuation of all staff and patients. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital treats

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

I have never been more conscious of my womanhood than right now in Jerusalem

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This post originally appeared on Leanne Gale’s blog. I have never been more conscious of my womanhood. 1. I stood and looked on in the center of Zion Square. A bizarre scene unfolded before my eyes.  Orthodox men (both modern Orthodox and Haredi) stood in large crowds, facing off against solitary left-wing Jewish Israeli men.

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

Video: While the world watches Gaza, protests rage across the West Bank

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Palestinian youth gathered again for the ninth consecutive night near Rachel’s Tomb on Bethlehem’s Jerusalem-Hebron Road on Friday, June 11th.  Clashes began on July 3rd in response to the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and have continued with the Israeli government’s current operation in Gaza.  At least 8 young people have been treated for wounds

After brutal police beating, Palestinian-American Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, sentenced to home arrest without charge

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Tarek Abu Khdeir speaks moments after his release about his beating and arrest. Just before noon Tarek Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old American-Palestinian who was brutally beaten by Israeli police last Thursday, walked into court wearing the same clothes he had on when arrested. After a brief closed deliberation, with media corralling in the narrow hallway of the

In Photos: Anger over Abu Khdeir death pours into the streets in Bethlehem

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Just before 10:00 pm last night, approximately 500 Palestinians gathered for a demonstration in response to the lynching of Mohammed Abu Khdeir.  Facebook messages and texts spread the message to Bethlehem’s shebab that the demonstration would take place in on Jerusalem-Hebron Road.  Hundreds of young men met at the entrance to Dheisheh camp and marched

Murdered teen laid to rest, as tensions flare in Shufat

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Tensions in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Shufat in East Jerusalem ignited today as mourners laid Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 17-year-old kidnap victim to rest. Grief and anger collided, creating a volatile atmosphere that lead to intense clashes with Israeli forces who surrounded the neighborhood. Photos of heavy clashes, fires, destroyed tramlines and rubble ridden roads

In Shuafat, Palestinian family delays funeral of murdered teen to search for answers

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While the investigation is ongoing to find the culprits responsible for abducting, killing and burning a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem two days ago, police are not stating if the crime was “nationalistic” or “criminal,” which is code for whether the perpetrator is Israeli or Palestinian. According to the family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 17, who was