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Over one thousand mourners gather in Bethlehem to lay 13-year-old Abed Obeidallah to rest

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Abed Obeidallah's aunt and mother take part in the young boy's funeral procession. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)

Israeli forces shot 13-year-old Abed Obeidallah in the chest, killing him almost instantly on Monday afternoon, right as protests were beginning in front of Aida refugee camp where the boy lived. A day later more than one thousand mourners laid the young teenager to rest in a cemetery just minutes away from the UN school Obeidallah had just left before he was shot.

Clashes break out across West Bank after Netanyahu declares ‘an all-out war’

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Palestinian journalist Salah Zayyad, 35, recuperates in a Ramallah hospital after Israeli forces shot him in the abdomen at a demonstration near Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Scores of Palestinians were injured in clashes across the West Bank, after calls were made for a “day of rage” following a string of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens, Israeli incursions into the West Bank and Jerusalem—including the demolition of two homes overnight Monday—and a pronouncement from Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu that he is now “running an all-out war against Palestinian terrorism.”

Israel lights the spark at Al-Aqsa again

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Israeli soldiers stand guard in front of Palestinian stone throwers during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 5, 2015 after Israel's army shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

The situation at al-Aqsa has come to symbolize in painful microcosm the Palestinian story of dispossession. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is betting that greater force will win, but Jonathan Cook says Palestinian youths will continue reaching for the humble stone, exerting what little power they have against a modern Goliath.

Scenes from the Gaza fuel crisis

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Dan Cohen reports from Gaza where on September 13th, the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Israeli government closed the border crossing to the besieged Gaza Strip, exacerbating existing fuel shortages into a full-on crisis. Since then, cars have been lined up around city blocks to obtain small amounts of fuel – only enough for a day of work. With unemployment in Gaza at a staggering 60%, many of the taxi drivers are men who took the job as a last resort and means of survival. But the fuel crisis has taken away taxi driving and frustration is high.

Jerusalem at a breaking point

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Palestinians protest as right-wing Israelis tour the Noble Sanctuary (Haram al-Sharif) mosque complex, known as the Temple Mount to Jews, in the Old City of Jerusalem, October 1, 2014. (Photo: EPA)

The Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem is under attack. Every day groups of settlers are given armed escorts through its gardens, Israeli soldiers loll on the grass and receive lectures from officers while access to Palestinian residents and worshipers is regularly restricted.

The refreshing bluntness of Ayelet Shaked

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Ayelet Shaked

Speaking at Cardozo Law School, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked dispensed with “Jewish values”. Liberty, nonviolence, justice – to her and the Jewish Home party, all can be readily sacrificed to the overarching mission of ethnic and religious homogeneity.

After 22 years it’s time to stop pretending about the peace process

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Netanyahu, Obama and Abbas

The international community has been acting over the last twenty years as though there is a genuine peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis while Israel furthered its interests by continuing to expand its colonial settlements and to deepen its security ties with PA security apparatuses to meet its own security needs. It is now time to declare the two-state solution well and truly dead.

To condemn, or not to condemn

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Avram Meitner writes the slaughter of Eitan and Naama Henkin, two settlers killed yesterday while traveling between the settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh, is terrorism in the same way that the slaughter of hundreds of innocent men, women and children in Gaza is terrorism. Either oppose both equally, or accept that you are led by primitive tribalism rather than principles.

In Ramallah, thousands celebrate Palestine at the UN amid doubt it will result in meaningful change

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Palestinians watch Mahmoud Abbas address the United Nations General Assembly and the raising of the Palestinian flag at United Nations headquarters via simulcast in Ramallah, September 20, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah gathered outdoors Thursday evening to watch a simulcast of President Mahmoud Abbas address the United Nations General Assembly, and celebrate the raising of the Palestinian flag at UN headquarters. Despite the excitement at the event, many of the onlookers were skeptical of the achievement and voiced criticisms of Abbas’s announcement that the Palestinian Authority is no longer bound by the Oslo Accords.

As Palestine’s flag is raised at U.N., Abbas dumps Oslo security obligations

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The Palestinian flag flies beside the flag of the United Nations after being raised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a ceremony during the United Nations General Assembly. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Yesterday was a big day for Palestine in New York, as its flag was ceremoniously raised to a packed crowd in the U.N.’s Rose Garden in New York City. And Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he was dumping his obligations to coordinate security with Israel for the occupation, as laid out in the Oslo accords.

Parents of slain Palestinian teen say Israeli forces planted knife

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Hadil al-Hashlamoun at a Hebron checkpoint, moment before an Israeli soldier shot and killed her. (Photo: Youth Against Settlements)

Hadil al-Hashlamoun was shot to death at a Hebron checkpoint by Israeli soldiers on September 22. Al-Hashlamoun’s family, a witness who has since fled to his native Brazil, and the human rights group Amnesty International all insist Hadil posed no threat to the firing soldiers. Yet the Israeli military has said Hadil was carrying a weapon, a claim that is disputed by the sole eyewitness present for the full encounter. Al-Hashlamoun’s parents now assert that the Israeli military planted a weapon near her body more than 30 minutes after she was struck with live-fire.

Eid in the rubble

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When Nidal Alareer, a 40-year-old father of five returned to Shujaiya after Israel’s 51-day war on Gaza, he found all three of his houses destroyed. Though promises of reconstruction have proven to be hollow, his family was able to obtain materials to rebuild their home from the Qatari government. But the labor is back-breaking and until he and his young sons finish reconstruction, his family is scattered about Gaza with no money to rent apartments. Dan Cohen spoke with Alareer as he worked on his house during Eid al Adha.

Celebrating Eid al-Adha in Gaza

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The author visiting cousins during Eid al-Adha.

Isra Saleh El-Namy describes how her family celebrates Eid al-Adha in Gaza and what the holiday means to the besieged strip a year after the war with Israel. 8 year old Yazzan tells her “I wanted to seize every moment to play to have fun with my friends. I want to compensate what I have missed during last year Eid.”

Wanted: The killer of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun

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(Image: Shaul Hanuka via Tikun Olam)

Richard Silverstein: “I appeal once again for any Israelis who know this person to step forward and name him. He deserves to be held accountable for what Amnesty International has called an “extrajudicial execution.” Please circulate this poster online everywhere you can.”

Israel’s UN amb. called for annexing West Bank, tries to delete evidence

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danny danon facebook annex

Danny Danon, Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations, boasted on his official Facebook page on April 27, 2011 that he was proposing legislation that would have the Israeli government “annex the West Bank and repeal the Oslo Accords.” The Facebook post was deleted sometime on or after August 28, 2015—after Netanyahu had appointed him Israel’s ambassador to the UN. While he can delete past Facebook posts, there is some evidence Danon’s radical right-wing politics that he cannot expunge.