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February 2013

Years of impunity for Israeli leaders may draw to a close in Turkish flotilla trial

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As Turkey is now conducting trials of four high level Israeli officials for the attack on the Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010, the question of who started the violence and who was acting to defend themselves when Israeli forces stormed the flotilla is not in doubt. The trial in Turkey could be the beginning of the end of impunity for those responsible.

‘We’ll take over the Likud, we’ll take over the country’: Far-right Israeli MK Moshe Feiglin honored in New York City

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Moshe Feiglin was the star last night in Queens, New York. The far-right Israeli activist, West Bank settler and newly minted Member of Knesset spoke to about 100 of his most ardent supporters in Fresh Meadows’ Chateau Steakhouse to raise money for his Manhigut Yehudit movement. The dinner honored a politician who advocates for paying Palestinians to leave the occupied territories as well as establishing exclusive Jewish control over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Above, Feiglin (center) speaks with a supporter at last night’s dinner.

Argo’s Oscar and the failure of truth

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Argo’s Academy Award shows that we have yet again been blinded by the heavy dust of politics and our American mantra of hostility and resentment will continue to inform our decisions, dragging us closer and closer to the abyss.

Notes from an illegal military court in Israel

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James Elliott reports from Hassan Karajah’s trial before a military court in Israel on Sunday, February 24th. Karajah, a Youth Organiser for the Stop the Wall campaign, was arrested over a month ago when the Israeli military raided his house in the middle of the night and is yet to be charged with any criminal offense. Elliott writes: “Hassan’s story is one of many, in fact one of thousands. Israel’s violation of Hassan Karajah’s fundamental human rights in its system of unjustifiable military courts is one of the many ways the Israeli occupation attempts to break the will of the Palestinian people.”

J14 leader is guest of Israel lobby group in Europe

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Daphne Leef of the Israeli social protest group J14 attended an Israel lobby group conference in Europe over objections from activists– and reportedly failed to address Israeli apartheid in her remarks

Israel demands Palestinians quench protests for Obama visit– even as extremist settlers install outpost, bulldozing olive trees

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Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Colonization Israel announces confiscating land in Jerusalem OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC) 24 Feb — Civic Coalition for Defending the Palestinians’ Rights in Jerusalem warned of the occupation authorities’ intention to confiscate lands and expand settlements, within the policies of judaizing Jerusalem. According to a statement issued […]

Autopsy reveals Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody

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Ma’an News reports that the PA Minister of Detainee Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Sunday that an autopsy has revealed Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody. Above, Jaradat’s father after identifying his son’s tortured body at the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute. (Photo: Yotam Ronen/

In pictures: Thousands in Gaza protest the prison death of Arafat Jaradat

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Following the death of a young Palestinian father in an Israeli prison, four days after he was arrested, there have been widespread Palestinian protests, including one in Gaza, demanding that “the international community pressure the occupation to release all of our detainees in Israeli prisons’