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Israel/Palestine

Claim of settlement freeze is ‘nonsense,’ says Israeli NGO

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Peace Now says the number of settlement tenders already approved for 2017, which will not be affected by Netanyahu’s reported freeze, are higher than the total number of new tenders approved per year in more than 15 years, while the number of individual housing units approved so far in 2017 is more than any year since 1992.

Speaking up in times of apartheid, in Berlin

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Three activists protest a speech by Aliza Lavie, a member of the Israeli legislature, at Humboldt University in Berlin June 20th. “The blood of Gaza is on this woman’s hands.”

‘It’s a privilege to report through Mondoweiss’: risks of working as a foreign-based journalist in Palestine

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“Alaa,” a journalist in the West Bank who asked us not to use her real name for fear it could lead to reprisals from Israeli authorities, explains Israel’s efforts to control reporting using legal requirements, surveillance, and censorship: “I think that when you’re far from Israel/Palestine it can be easy to forget how far the invasion and destruction of basic, fundamental rights has gone. I am grateful every day that Mondoweiss continues to spread the news about human rights violations in Israel/Palestine. The name you chose for the current campaign rings very true to me. ‘They fear the truth–we report it.’ I urge those who value the truth to contribute so we can keep defying censorship and awakening the world to injustice.”

PA said to resume medical referrals for Gaza patients

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Palestinian Authority has reportedly resumed issuing exit permits for critical patients to leave the Gaza Strip for treatment in Israel, after Israel denied responsibility for the deaths of three babies in the Gaza Strip, saying it never received applications to bring them to Israel for medical care.

Amazon pulls blank ‘History of Palestinian People’ — which aims to dehumanize in order to subjugate

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Amazon pulled a book by the Israeli “publicist, editor and creative specialist” Assaf A. Voll, which reduces three thousand years of Palestinian history and achievement to 132 bank pages — blank, except for a printed watermark of a Palestinian flag superimposed over Palestinian/Roman pillars. It is aimed at dehumanizing Palestinians, and erasing a proud history.

JVP calls for US gov’t pressure on Israel to end ‘dire humanitarian crisis’ in Gaza

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Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council issues this urgent statement to raise awareness and concern about the life-threatening and dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza. This catastrophic situation is largely the result of long and short term Israeli policies exacerbated by the cynical power struggle between the leadership of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

Two babies with heart defects die in Gaza after P.A. fails to let them leave

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Two babies born with life-threatening conditions died in Gaza this week after they didn’t receive permission from the Palestinian Authority to get medical treatment in Israel, the Health Ministry in Gaza said, according to Haaretz. Both babies had heart defects. One died Monday, the second Tuesday.

‘A camera and not a gun’: photojournalism as my weapon for justice

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Photojournalist Hamde Abu Rahme writes, “Palestinian journalists defy the continuous harassment and abuse, and thanks to the internet and outlets like Mondoweiss, we are succeeding. Using the web’s broad and rapid global reach, we are exercising our fundamental right to freedom of expression and challenging Israel’s constant portrayal of Palestinians as violent terrorists. If you are among those around the world who believe in what I do—in the value of journalism in exposing Israel’s crimes—please decide how you will give material impact to that belief. You can buy my book. And you can donate to Mondoweiss, which supports the work of me and others seeking to spread the truth.”

Israel’s attempts to silence truth show our reporting makes a difference

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Mondoweiss is proud that day in and day out, by publishing articles, photos and videos covering events in Palestine, we support the work of brave journalists and its impact toward dismantling apartheid in Israel/Palestine. As a reader-supported nonprofit, we are able to pay dedicated, talented reporters only because of contributions from people like you. Please donate to Mondoweiss today to invest in our work informing the world of events in Palestine.

Fear and loathing, in the land of milk and honey

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“[Palestinians] have been living here for ages. Like, forty, fifty, some of them one hundred years here,” says activist Guy Hircefeld in the Jordan Valley. “And suddenly, fucking Jewish settlers are coming and saying ‘That’s mine, you don’t allowed to come here anymore. And the army protects them.”

Shoot boy across fence. Deny him exit permit to be treated in hospital

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Israeli authorities have denied Khaled Gamri, a Palestinian teenager, an exit permit to travel from the besieged Gaza Strip to Jerusalem for medical treatment after the boy was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces at a protest last month, according to rights group Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP).

A burning Zionist and non-Zionist debate the settlements

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In an interview with the “burning Zionist” Jonathan Møller Sousa on Danish media, non-Zionist Jonathan Ofir shows that the two-state solution has been made impossible by Israeli colonization of occupied territories, and that occupation is actually manageable. All because the international community does nothing to enforce its demands.

Sober anniversaries for Gaza fuel movement building

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On 50th anniversary of its occupation, Gaza is a community on edge of a health crisis. Drinking water in Gaza has become largely unavailable. Children have shown signs of water related diseases and permanent organ damage due to high levels of ingested chemicals from what little water is available. Recently, UNRWA indicated that 87 percent of residents live below the poverty line.

Dangerous, but essential work: my experience as a field reporter in Palestine

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Al Quds TV reporter Linda Shalash has been targeted many times by the Israeli military while wearing the identifiable blue flak jacket with “PRESS” in large print. Still, she writes, “I believe from the bottom of my heart that sharing news stories from Palestine with people around the world is the most powerful way to mobilize resistance and cripple the oppressive, ethnocratic regime. I appreciate all that Mondoweiss does to multiply the impact of reporters like me. If you agree that we must increase the numbers and passion of people worldwide who challenge injustice in Palestine, join me in supporting Mondoweiss.”

Ehud Barak says a Palestinian state would be ‘non-viable’

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Challenging Benjamin Netanyahu from the left, Israeli labor leader Ehud Barak says that it is urgent that Israel allow the establishment of a Palestinian state– but he assures an Israeli audience that the state will be “non-viable,” because it is demilitarized and completely surrounded by Israeli forces.

From lamentation to triumphalism: the story behind ‘Jerusalem of Gold,’ Israel’s second national anthem

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George Smith shares the history of Naomi Shemer’s song Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold) which became Israel’s unofficial second national anthem soon after if debuted on the eve of the 1967 war. Smith writes, “In the case of Jerusalem of Gold, no matter who sings it, the taint of Jewish supremacism just can’t be avoided. It’s intrinsic to Shemer’s lyrics.”

Mondoweiss is necessary—so Israel can’t silence me and other Palestinian journalists

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Mondoweiss contributor Ahmad Kabariti shares a personal story of being pressured by Israeli officials to share information with them in Gaza. He says it shows the power of adversarial journalism and the need to support news outlets telling the truth about what is happening in Palestine: “Just about every Palestinian journalist has had at least one experience similar to mine. Israel’s attempts to neutralize our profession take many forms, from bullying to physical force to bribes. I’m sharing this part of my personal history to help Mondoweiss’s readers understand how vital it is as an avenue to broadcast our reporting—to defy the efforts to silence us. I am asking you to show your solidarity with our work by donating to Mondoweiss to support publication of our journalism.”

Iftar on the rubble

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Nora Lester Murad and her friends organize an Iftar dinner next to the rubble of a demolished Palestinian house in East Jerusalem, “We planned the Iftar to show solidarity with Ashraf and Islam, and the tens of thousands of Palestinian families whose homes have been demolished, partially demolished, or sealed, and who live every day under the imminent threat of demolitions by the Israel authorities. Home demolition is not merely an Israeli administrative policy, as it is often presented in the western media. Home demolition is part of Israel’s political strategy to expel Palestinians from any place they want control, often through the establishment of Jewish settlements. My friends and I felt that the least we could do to show these families–families who are on the frontline of the continuing Nakba–that they have real allies, that they are not alone.”