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‘3000 Nights’ and stories from behind prison bars

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A poster for '3000 Nights'

Abdul-Razeq Farraj, who has spent over 15 years of his life in Israeli prisons, reviews Mai Masri’s latest film “3000 nights,” which tells the story of Palestinian female prisoners facing Israeli interrogations, torture and violations. Farraj writes, “The film brought me back to my rusted prison bed.”

Goldman Sachs is funding Hebron settlers

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(Image: Carlos Latuff)

Haaretz reports that Goldman Sachs has a “clear pattern” of giving to Israeli settler and rightwing groups through their Charitable Gift Fund. Of course, Hebron settlers aren’t the only ones experiencing Goldman largesse. Bernie Sanders has made an issue of the $675,000 Clinton received in speaking fees from the investment house just in 2013.

Israel demolishes children’s playground near Nablus

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The Israeli army flattened  the Za'atara park within a few minutes. It was the only place for children to play in the town of Beita, south of Nablus.
(Photo: The Palestinian Information Center)

Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished a children’s playground near Nablus amid a mass escalation in demolitions across the occupied territories. A PA official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank told Ma‘an that Israeli authorities gave no prior notice before demolishing the park, which was built last year with around $60,000 donated by Belgium.

Against Balance: Thoughts on teaching Israel/Palestine

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A Palestinian man overlooks the Jaramana Refugee Camp in Damascus, Syria in 1948. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Joel Doerfler shares a talk he gave last month to a group of teachers and administrators at the Riverdale Country School, an independent school in the Bronx, N.Y., where he has long taught history, including a course on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Video: New app tackles traffic at checkpoints in the West Bank

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Hundreds of military checkpoints scattered around the occupied Palestinian territory are prone to arbitrarily closure without prior warning, restricting the freedom of movement for Palestinians whose daily lives are already defined by a sense of chaos, temporariness and unpredictability. However, a new smartphone app Azmeh – which translates to mean ‘traffic jam’ in Arabic – has been designed to tackle this very problem.

Palestinians mark 68th anniversary of Deir Yassin massacre

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Ruins of homes left empty from the Deir Yassin Massacre, 1986. (Photo:

Palestinians on Saturday marked the 68th anniversary of the massacre of more than 100 Palestinian civilians carried out by Zionist paramilitary groups in the village of Deir Yassin in 1948 prior to the establishment of Israel. Deir Yassin has long been a symbol of Israeli violence for Palestinians because of the particularly gruesome nature of the slaughter, which targeted men, women, children, and the elderly in the small village west of Jerusalem.

Advice to North Carolina

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Springsteen, pictured at an Israeli tourism site, along with announcement he will play Tel Aviv in July 2016

North Carolina should double down on its anti-LGBTQ legislation and declare itself a “heterosexual state.” Then invade South Carolina, transfer North Carolinians there, and when any one objects, call them a terrorist. Guess who the role model is?

BDS has arrived

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No BDS, gay Israeli says in his dating profile

“No BDS,” says a gay Israeli in his dating profile; another sign that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign is gaining traction globally and even in Israel

Israeli navy opens fire on Gaza fishing boats, then seizes boats

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Hatem Moussa photo of Gaza fishermen, August 2014

Five Palestinians were injured on Friday with live fire when clashes erupted with Israeli forces in border areas in the northern and eastern Gaza Strip. Palestinians are demonstrating in solidarity with what they call the “Jerusalem intifada.”

The Jewish-Israeli navel-gazers

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Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif, 21, lying dead in the street in Hebron, March 24, 2016

There’s nothing exceptional about Jewish-Israelis, or Palestinians for that matter. Or even apartheid. But a Jewish Israeli sense of exceptionalism and self-absorption serves to justify the endurance of persecution.

UN pulls Israeli exhibition claiming Palestinian citizens have equal rights

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Snapshot from "Israeli Arab" display banned by UN from Israeli exhibition. Photo Credit: Stand With Us twitter feed.

The UN removed portions of an Israeli exhibition at the international body’s headquarters in New York this week that alleged Israel’s equal treatment of Palestinian citizens and touted Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, claims deemed by the UN as falling out of line with international law. Two panels out of 13 in the display were barred in order that it “conform with the purposes and principles” of the UN, Farhan Haq, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, told Mondoweiss.

Palestinian reflections on Israel’s hysterical attack on BDS

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Interior Minister Aryeh Deri

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has called for the expulsion of BDS leaders because “you cannot turn the other cheek to those who beat us.” In their extremist incitement against the BDS movement, Israeli leaders, from right to extreme-right, have made it absolutely clear that they are serious about seeing the end of the movement before it achieves its objectives, namely freedom, justice, and equality. Haidar Eid writes from Gaza about the power of BDS.

Without seatbelts in the West Bank

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Men smoking shisha in Jericho (outside of official Israeli jurisdiction)

Regulations on seat belts and smoking for Palestinians in the West Bank may be good for their health, but they were imposed by a government they didn’t get to vote for. Another reminder of oppression of occupation.

Video: Israel demolishes every home in West Bank Bedouin village

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Israeli forces have demolished every home in the Bedouin village of Khirbet Taha in the northern West Bank district of Nablus during three separate demolitions since the start of the year. The village’s only school was also destroyed, leaving children to study in a dilapidated 100-year-old mosque — the only structure left standing in the village.

Execution of Palestinian exposes militarism and racism of Israeli culture

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(Screenshot: B'Tselem/YouTube)

It might have been a moment that jolted Israelis to their senses. But instead, Jonathan Cook says the video of an Israeli soldier shooting dead a young Palestinian man as he lay wounded and barely able to move has only intensified the tribal war dance of the Israeli public.

‘Morbid symptoms’ in Palestine

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In Palestine, as in the rest of the Arab world, many are turning to religion in response to the failure of the various liberation and nationalist or socialist projects. Some practice a religious-inspired political quietism or wait for an apocalyptic solution for the existing impasse.

Palestinians say ‘let us move’ as Bethlehem Marathon kicks off amidst severe movement restrictions

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Streets closed down in Bethlehem on Friday, as the marathon snaked through the city. (Photo: Sheren Khalel/Mondoweiss)

Runners woke up at dawn on Friday in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, ready to take on the Freedom of Movement Marathon in the city. The marathon stretches across the city, quite literally running through two refugee camps, and circles around twice. As locals will ready explain, there is not space for a 42 kilometer route through Bethlehem, so unlike most marathons, the track has to double over two 21 kilometer paths.

Birthright ends trips to Israel — ‘American Jews are better off imagining Israel than seeing it’

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Left to right, is of Gidi Mark, CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking at something; Netanyahu's wife, Sara Netanyahu looking at something else; and some other guy at a Birthright Israel Mega Event on June 24, 2014, in Caesarea, Israel.

In a shocking move, Birthright Israel announced today, April 1, that the well known travel-program-cum-dating-service will no longer be offering trips to Israel for Jewish young people. In an exclusive interview with Mondoweiss Birthright CEO Gidi Mark explains, “We finally figured it out, the best way to build support for Israel is to have as little contact with Israel as possible.”

Refugee in Gaza thought life was terrific until Facebook incited him

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Samih al-Masri and a fish at the port in Gaza City, before logging onto Facebook.  (Photo: AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS)

Samih al-Masri, a Palestinian resident of a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, has become suddenly aware of the substandard conditions in which he lives after logging on to Facebook, just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned. Masri says, on account of the memes, he was reevaluating everything: “My family has loved Gaza ever since my my grandparents were driven here from Jaffa by Zionist forces in 1948. It’s the only home we know. But now that I realize not every place is enclosed by a fence, with only three highly restricted points of access, I’m pretty pissed off.”