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‘With God’s help, the journalists at Haaretz will be murdered just like in France': Death threats follow publication of cartoon in Israeli newspaper

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Cartoon by Noa Olchowski published by Haaretz brings death threats: "10 journalists killed in attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris (top), about 13 journalists killed last summer in attack on Gaza (bottom)"

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris last week Haaretz published a daring cartoon juxtaposing journalists killed in Gaza by Israel last summer during the brutal summer slaughter with the journalists killed at the office of the satirical magazine in Paris. This set off a chain reaction which ultimately led to calls for murdering Haaretz journalists after Ronen Shoval, founder of the neo-Zionist and proto-fascist, Im Tirtzu movement, called for an investigation of the newspaper’s editors.

Jo Roberts on Jewish trauma, the Nakba, and the olive tree

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Jo Roberts, author of Contested Land, Contested Memory: “I don’t see a viable future for Israelis or Palestinians that doesn’t involve some kind of reworking of collective memory for each people, one that allows for – not a common narrative, but a space that can hold both people’s histories, that gives room for both peoples to live in the land.”

Child living in remains of home destroyed by Israel dies from freezing weather in Gaza

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Palestinians sit in a tent outside their apartments, which witnesses said were destroyed in an Israeli offensive, during a 72-hour truce in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip August 11, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

On Friday, Palestinian infant Ashraf al-Qidra died due to severe cold in Gaza. The infant’s family lives in an area heavily damaged during Israel’s summer war on Gaza and they continued living in their damaged home. Ma’an News writes, “Due to lack of alternative shelter, many of the nearly 110,000 Palestinians left homeless by Israeli bombardment have done the same, including many living in just tents.”

Despite punitive Israeli tax freeze, Palestinians to pursue war crimes charges with Arab League financial help

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Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas attends the 25th Arab League summit, held for the first time in Kuwait City, on March 25, 2014. (Photo: Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Daily News Egypt)

Within days of Palestinians announcing they would join the International Criminal Court (ICC), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his country would stop transferring customs revenue to the Palestinian Authority. The punitive move was expected to lead to a crisis for the Palestinian leadership as government services would collapse across the West Bank. But the Palestinian Authority had an unexpected back up plan. The Arab League has agreed to provide emergency funds to cover the VAT-taxes frozen by Israel. This Arab League safety net will help the Palestinians avoid the expected temporary bankruptcy and allow them to move forward with pressing for war crimes at the ICC. In fact, financial support from the Arab League was a key component, along with joining the ICC, of long-term strategy to pressure Israel into negotiations.

Media obsesses over ‘free speech’ in Charlie Hebdo case while ignoring Israeli targeting of journalists

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A Palestinian journalist inspects his work car in Gaza City on November 18, 2012.

The attack on the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo, leaving at least 12 dead, has inundated the Western media with the tragedy being touted as a “free speech” issue. While the calamity dominates discussions on social media and the press scrupulously tracks the story, both the press and popular culture continue to ignore Israel’s record of intimidating and deliberately targeting journalists.

‘You’re Shooting Like Retards': Rafah recordings reveal IDF’s Hannibal directive in action

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Moshe Ya'alon, left, meets with Col. Ofer Winter in December 2013. (Photo: Ariel Hermoni/Israeli Ministry of Defense)

A controversial military investigation is illuminating the deadliest incident of Operation Protective Edge, as well as one of the Israeli army’s most shadowy directives: an order intended to thwart the abduction of IDF soldiers, even at the risk of killing them. Code named Hannibal, the protocol was carried out in the southern Gaza town of Rafah on August 1, 2014, a date now known as Black Friday; the resulting artillery barrage and torrent of airstrikes killed 190 Palestinians in two days, according to Gaza human rights groups, after the suspected capture by Hamas fighters of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin. Recordings of the IDF assault, publicized last week, suggest a chaotic and undisciplined outburst of violence: “I repeat, stop the shooting!” the brigade commander yells over the field radio. “You’re shooting like retards. You’ll kill one another. Enough!”

‘No apologies,’ Bennett declares — and controversy breaks over his role in ’96 massacre

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

A controversy, if you can call it that, has broken over Naftali Bennett’s operational role as an officer during a 1996 attack in Lebanon that killed 102 civilians, including four U.N. officials. The story doesn’t seem to have much traction in Israel and Electronic Intifada points out that Bennett has bragged about killing Arabs. Of course civilian expulsion and slaughter are a regular feature of Israeli military operations. Rather than a bar to leadership it would seem to be a qualification.

How a tweet about Gaza children went viral round the globe

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"Selfie with the greatest threat to Israel" -- Dan Cohen in Khuza'a

A journalist’s loving shot of children in Gaza — “Selfie with the greatest threat to Israel” — has gone viral, with 16,000 retweets and counting. Dan Cohen tells the story behind the photo, the haunting devastation of the prison population of Gaza.

Israeli high court freezes plan to build Separation Wall through West Bank village of Battir

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A view from Battir looking North, taken from very close to the green line. The Israeli railroad that runs through Battir does not stop in the village and is only for Israeli use. (Photo: Sarah Levy)

Israel’s High Court ruled to freeze state plans to build a part of Israel’s “separation” barrier that would have gone through the middle of Battir, a victory for the farming village of 5,000 people located west of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank. Mondoweiss speaks with Hassan Muamer about what the ruling means for the village and for Palestinians.

UN report: 1200 Palestinian children injured by Israeli forces in West Bank during 2014

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A Palestinian child runs for cover as an Israeli military vehicle (background) sprays a foul-smelling spray known as "skunk" in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on December 5, 2014. (Photo: AFP / Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Israeli forces injured a total of 1,190 Palestinian children in the West Bank during 2014, according to a UN agency report. More than in 1 in 5 of the child injuries were caused by Israeli forces’ use of live ammunition, with the rest from rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas inhalation, and assault. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Israel had detained 1,266 Palestinian children in 2014, an average of seven children every two days.

Jerusalem’s interfaith ‘Peace House’ faced with Israeli demolition order

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Haj Ibrahim Abu el-Hawa with his family in his home that has a standing demolition order, East Jerusalem. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Haj Ibrahim Abu el-Hawa, the 73-year old Palestinian proprietor of the Jerusalem “Peace House,” a modest hostel in the Mount of Olives, has shaken the hand of President Jimmy Carter, listened to Ravi Shankar perform in his honor, met the singer Alicia Keys and was a great friend to the settler leader Rabbi Menachem Froman. He is also indebted to the city of Jerusalem for nearly $100,000 in fines and taxes for building an extension to his family house. Because of this addition, Abu el-Hawa, a fixture of Jerusalem’s coexistence camp, has been entangled in legal woes that could end in his imprisonment and the demolition of his family home if he cannot cover the fines.

Palestinian worker is crushed to death at overcrowded checkpoint

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Taybe checkpoint in Tulkarem, photo by A Prairie Voice

Ahmad Samih Bdeir, 39, was crushed to death at an Israeli checkpoint near Tulkarem as he was trying to go to his construction job inside Israel. Palestinians are often crowded into metal pens inside the checkpoints, unable to leave or enter, and Israeli soldiers rarely respond to requests for movement from those stuck inside.