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Photo Essay: A visit to Bethlehem’s Martyr Cemetery

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Iyad Al-Dibbis brings his son to visit the grave of his father.  Salamah Ibrahim Al-Dibbis was killed in Aida Refugee Camp during the Second Intifada. An Israeli sniper, stationed on the roof of the nearby InterContinental Hotel, shot Salamah when he leaned his head out the bedroom window to call down to his children, who were playing on the street below.  Iyad named his son after his father. (Photo: Rebecca George)

Rebecca George visits the Martyr’s Cemetery outside Dheishe Refugee Camp on the first morning of Eid Al-Fitr, when nearly 200 Palestinians from the Bethlehem area came to visit the graves of deceased relatives and loved ones who have been killed during the conflict with Israel.

Settlers attack Palestinian shepherds in Hebron Hills

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Ma'on settlement, in the Hebron Hills

Israeli soldiers kidnapped four Palestinian teenagers, on Sunday at night and on Monday at dawn, in Silwan town, in occupied East Jerusalem, after invading, and violently searching, a number of homes.

Video: Israelis in West Jerusalem call for attack on Iran

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Young man in Jerusalem who foresees war with Iran and return of messiah

Days after the announcement of the Iran nuclear deal, Dan Cohen set out in West Jerusalem’s Yafo Street to find out what Israelis thought about the agreement. The range of responses reflected the continuous right-ward shift and the complete militarization of Jewish Israeli society against a backdrop of apathy.

Don’t touch occupied village of Susiya! US warns Israel

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Rep Anna Eshoo, California

State Dep’t issues an emphatic statement re the occupied village of Susiya: “We’re closely following developments… and we strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village.” Sign of things to come?

The brave new world of mapping occupied East Jerusalem

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Ofek Aerial Photography's display included an elevation profile of a mosque.

For Israeli military and security firms, occupied East Jerusalem’s population of 300,000 Palestinians presents unique challenges to develop new methods of enforcing occupation. One firm has sold a Google Street View-style mapping system to Israeli military and police agencies used to plan operations in occupied East Jerusalem to the smallest detail.

Naim Ateek’s moral arc of the universe

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Reverend Naim Ateek

Marc Ellis writes about Reverend Naim Ateek’s strident and heartbreaking letter to the Episcopal Church expressing his disappointment that it failed to pass a resolution supporting divestment from the Israeli occupation.

Bombers, Blood, and Teddy Bears: Posters from the 2014 war on Gaza

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The spirits of the more than 2,000 Palestinians who were killed in Israel’s 50-day military operation against Gaza last summer have been immortalized in the posters that have emerged from the conflict. Catherine Baker from the Palestine Poster Project Archives discusses 10 posters created in response to last summer’s attacks that demonstrate the power with which artists wield their tools to record history, influence the discourse, and effect action.

One year after Gaza — no accountability

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Funeral of eight members of the Abu Jarad family in Beit Hanoun, July 19, 2014

Five children in the Abu Jarad family were killed, and a family “erased” by an Israeli Apache helicopter attack a year ago. The U.S. funds Israel’s military machine, and insures that there is never accountability for war crimes. A Capitol Hill briefing on July 29 led by the US Campaign to End the Occupation aims to end that immunity.

Video footage reveals IDF soldier shot fleeing teen

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New video footage has emerged revealing the moments before an Israeli soldier shot and killed 17-year old Mohammed al-Kasbah on July 3, 2015 in al-Ram near the Qalandia checkpoint. The recording captured on a security camera posted at a gas station, contradicts Col. Yisrael Shomer’s account where he said he fired at the Palestinian teen because his life was in imminent danger.

Gag order lifted on two Israelis and two bodies held in Gaza

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Avraham Mengitsu. (Photo: Facebook/Times of Israel)

For months rumors have circulated that Hamas has held two Israeli citizens and the remains of two soldiers captive in the Gaza Strip for almost a year. Following a motion filed by the Israeli daily Haaretz, a gag order concealing the cases was lifted yesterday prompting Israeli officials to addressed the matter publicly for the first time. Israel confirmed Ethiopian-Israeli Avraham Mengitsu, 28, and one other are detained in Gaza, along with the bodies of two soldier killed during the summer war.

Report from Ramallah: How Palestine is today

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Il Muro (the wall). (Photo: Andrea & Magda/Il Fatto Quotidiano)

Francesca Borri reports from Ramallah where business has replaced politics, and you can live without feeling the military occupation that lurks on all sides.

New online digital mapping tool shows inside story of Israeli assault on Gaza

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Amnesty International (AI) has teamed up with Forensic Architecture of Goldsmiths, University of London, to launching The Gaza Platform, a digital mapping tool that can be used to collate, map, explore and analyze patterns in attacks on Gaza during last summer’s brutal Israeli military offensive against the tiny blockaded enclave.