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March 2016

Israeli soldier filmed killing wounded Palestinian finds support among Israeli politicians

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As a video recording of an Israeli soldier killing a wounded Palestinian in Hebron on Thursday emerged hours after the shooting Israeli government officials and civil society representatives were split in their responses. Some quickly moved to condemn the shooting, while an outspoken group of Israeli leaders applauded the soldier and circulated a counter-theory of self-defense and heroism.

UN envoy condemns execution in Hebron as ‘gruesome, immoral and unjust’

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Nickolay Mladenov, who reports to the UN security council on the peace process, said: “I strongly condemn yesterday’s apparent extrajudicial execution of a Palestinian assailant in Hebron in the occupied West Bank. This was a gruesome, immoral and unjust act that can only fuel more violence and escalate an already volatile situation.”

Why I chose to get arrested at AIPAC

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CODEPINK’s Ariel Gold explains why she engaged in civil disobedience while protesting at the AIPAC Policy Conference: “As the mother to two Jewish American teenagers, it is my responsibility to speak up and clarify that AIPAC and Netanyahu do not speak for me.”

Indiana lawmakers seek to silence critics of Israel

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How do we know BDS is working? Because in Indiana as in coastal areas BDS opponents are actively trying to stop the movement. The state legislature is attempting to limit public discussion of BDS, and smear BDS proponents as anti-Semites.

The Israeli military should be grateful for the New York Times

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The New York Times report on the murder of Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron by an Israeli soldier is told almost completely from the point-of-view of the Israeli military and government officials. Abir Kopty asks, “I wonder when the New York Times will dare to realize that it’s an Israeli military occupation, and Israeli soldiers are not victims.”

UN Human Rights Council to create ‘blacklist’ database of settlement businesses

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The United Nations Human Rights Council will “produce a database of all business enterprises” operating in Israel’s settlements in territory occupied in 1967. The company blacklist was approved as part of a series of five resolutions passed by the Geneva-based group, condemning Israel’s control over Palestinian lands and re-affirming European guidelines to label Israeli products originating in the settlements.

Young liberal Zionists, it’s time to let go and move on

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Jewish fears on British campuses stemming from activism against Israel represent an uncomfortable reckoning for young diaspora Jews who are unable to see or accept what has happened to Jews, Judaism and Jewish identity over the last 100 years under the influence of Zionist colonialism.

Israelis don’t exist

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Israel tells the world that its citizens have Israeli nationality, but on internal documents it insists that Jews have Jewish nationality. Because it is the Jewish state, and thereby justifies discrimination against non-Jewish nationals who are citizens of Israel.

Ha’aretz journalist lauds wine from Jewish terrorist/vintner Menachem Livni

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Ha’aretz diplomatic correspondent and gourmand, Barak Ravid, recently tweeted a picture of “a likeable wine from the Livni vineyard in Kiryat Arba.” “Surprisingly good,” he concludes. The reason that the quality of the wine, produced in the darkest heart of the Israeli-occupied territory, is surprising, I would guess, is that Ravid believes that an admitted, convicted and unrepentant terrorist is unlikely to also become a successful vintner. But in Israel all is possible, at least for Jews.

The AIPAC rabbi walk-out that wasn’t

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Wilson Dizard reports from the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference, where a protest by rabbis opposed to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump failed to materialize. Instead, Dizard found AIPAC supporters who were interested in what Trump had to say.

During Purim celebration, Israeli settlers use Ibrahimi Mosque loudspeaker to sing racist songs and call for expulsion of ‘Arabs’ from Hebron

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Hundreds of Israelis converged on religious sites across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday morning ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim, in visits Palestinians condemned as “provocative.” In Hebron, Israeli settlers as well as other right-wing Israelis held celebrations in the Old City’s Ibrahimi Mosque. Locals told Ma‘an News that during the celebrations, which began late Tuesday, the settlers “provocatively” used the mosque’s loudspeakers “to sing racist songs that call for the expulsion of ‘Arabs’ from Hebron.”

Israeli soldier filmed executing wounded Palestinian man

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Today an Israeli soldier executed a wounded Palestinian man on the ground in the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron’s old city in the occupied West Bank. In a graphic B’Tselem video capturing the killing, the man can be seen semi-conscious on the ground, when a soldier cocks his rifle and fires, killing him on the spot. The Israeli military spokesperson said the filmed execution “contradicts the IDF’s ethical code and what is expected from the IDF’s soldiers and commanders” and that the soldier has been suspended while the military conducts a probe, but in fact the policy of summary executions has been ordered as a directive from top political and military officials.

Israeli medics are leaving wounded Palestinians to bleed to death

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Last December, an Israeli medic announced on his Twitter account that he would not treat injured Palestinians he deemed “terrorists.” This is not an aberration, rather, it is an instance of increasing turmoil in the Israeli medical community over the concept of triage, the internationally recognized protocol for medical treatment based on severity and likely benefit from immediate treatment. Politicians, religious leaders and doctors are all calling for Israeli Jews to be prioritized when it comes to emergency medical treatment. Deputy Minister of the Interior Yaron Mazuz told Israeli news, “The first priority should be give in to the residents of Israel, mostly to those who were injured from the attacks. Is it unacceptable that we would treat terrorists before residents of the state.”

A history of silencing Israeli army whistleblowers – from 1948 until today

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One might expect that only historians would care to revisit the 1948 war that created Israel. And yet the debate about what constitutes truth and myth from that period still provokes raw emotions. That is why the unearthing of an Israeli soldier’s letter from 1948 detailing what was probably the war’s worst massacre – one long buried by Israel – is of more than historical significance.

Testifying before the City University of New York’s Task Force on Anti-Semitism

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In late February, the City University of New York (CUNY) announced it was launching a Task Force on anti-Semitism on campus following lobbying by the Zionist Organization of America, which sent a letter to the CUNY chancellor demanding the school “publicly condemn the SJP and its hateful, divisive and anti-Semitic actions.” The following post was written by Sarah Schulman, who serves as the faculty advisor the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at the College of Staten Island, about her experience testifying before the CUNY Task Force.

What if Bernie Sanders had delivered his speech at AIPAC!?

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Unlike the other four presidential candidates, Democrat Bernie Sanders declined the invitation to speak at the AIPAC– American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference– in Washington on Monday, and instead delivered a foreign policy address in Utah. The speech has gotten wide circulation because of its affirmations of Palestinian human rights. Katie Miranda imagines what would have happened If Bernie Sanders had delivered his Israel speech at AIPAC instead.

Palestinians in Gaza are drinking contaminated water

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Palestinians in Gaza are regularly consuming contaminated water, even when the liquid they drink has already been treated at a purifying plant. In Gaza 45% of the water processed in desalination plants is contaminated, according to the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA).

On World Water Day, Palestinians in West Bank refugee camps struggle with scarce resources

Abed Al Qaisi and Sheren Khalel on

As the world celebrates World Water Day this week, Palestinians in refugee camps across the occupied West Bank are preparing for the summer, when water becomes scarce. While the World Health Organization recommends 100 liters of water per person per day, Palestinians in the occupied West Bank consume less than 73 liters, with those in refugee camps reviewing even less. In Israel, residents consume an average of 183 liters per person, per day. In Bethlehem’s Beit Jibrin camp, one young man takes Mondoweiss around the in and outs of the water issues the camps face each year.