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July 2017

Palestinians continue protests after Israel takes down metal detectors around al-Aqsa, installs new cameras

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Israel’s security cabinet announced late Monday evening that metal detectors installed at the gates of the al-Aqsa mosque compound would be removed and replaced with “smart cameras,” following more than a week of protests and upheaval against the new security measures following a deadly shooting at the site. Munther Amira, the head of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee in the West Bank, told Mondoweiss, “Nothing about this is acceptable, the only option we accept is the to return the status of the mosque back to the status quo without cameras or any other additions.” Amira said Palestinians view the extra security measures as a way for Israel to exert its control over the al-Aqsa mosque.

‘The metal detectors are just the first step’: Palestinians say Israeli takeover of Al Aqsa is red line that can’t be crossed

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Speaking to Mondoweiss from Friday’s prayer at Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem, Sheikh Mustafa Tawil fears the latest Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa mosque will lead to partitioning it just like with Hebron’s Ibrahimi mosque in 1994. “Muslims aren’t allowed to pray at the Ibrahimi mosque on Israeli weekends and holidays. The occupiers want to do the same thing to Al Aqsa mosque,” Tawil said. “We refuse these gates because they were set up by the occupiers to force their control over the mosque. We refuse the Israelis’ sovereignty over the mosque at all. The metal detectors are just the first step in dividing Al Aqsa mosque.”

BDS ban: Five Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders denied entry to Israel for supporting Palestinian human rights

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Five leaders on an interfaith delegation to Israel/Palestine were refused permission to board their plane in the United States, in what appears to be an implementation of Israel’s travel ban on supporters of Palestinian rights and Boycott, Divestment Sanctions (BDS). Rabbi Alissa Wise: “We were told at check-in that the airline has a letter from the Israeli government saying we are not allowed to fly to Israel. I wasn’t even able to get as far as checking my bag.”

Arab List MK: Israeli authorities install additional cameras around al-Aqsa amid ongoing unrest against new security measures

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Israeli authorities on Monday installed extra security cameras around the entrances of the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Member of the Israeli Knesset’s Arab Joint List, Aida Touma-Suleiman, confirmed to Mondoweiss. The newly installed security cameras were added amid growing unrest and daily clashes over security measures instituted ten days ago following a deadly attack near the site.

Israeli minister says Palestinians are bringing a ‘third Nakba’ upon themselves

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Likud minister Tzachi Hanegbi says that Palestinian protests may lead to their “third Nakba,” referring to the Israeli displacement and dispossession of the Palestinian people which began with the founding of state in 1948. “This is how a Nakba starts,” Hanegbi said. “I pray that they do not bring a third Nakba on themselves.”

Praying for justice won’t end the occupation

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Olav Fykse Tveit of the World Council of Churches urges church leaders to pray for a just solution of the troubles in Jerusalem. Marc Ellis writes, “The WCC is now on record here urging a reestablishment of the status quo at Al Aqsa and in Jerusalem, a status quo that affirms Israeli occupation.”

The long and under-reported history of Judeo-Christian terror around Al-Aqsa

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Palestinian violence outside Al-Aqsa mosque justifies the Israeli restrictions on the site, in the eyes of Israelis. But Al Aqsa is a Muslim compound, and the greater paradigm is that of Israeli state criminality and occupation, beginning with the ethnic cleansing of the Mughrabi quarter in 1967.

Palestinians haul university student’s body over hospital walls to keep Israelis from confiscating it

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Muhammad Abu Ghanam, 20, a student at Bir Zeit University, was shot by Israeli forces during demonstrations in East Jerusalem and died in al-Makassed hospital. A crowd of Palestinian men hauled his body in bloodied sheet over the hospital walls to prevent Israeli forces from doing what they often do, confiscating demonstrators’ bodies. Abu Ghanam had a funeral shortly after.

Amid fuel crisis, Gaza’s swimmers find themselves covered in sewage

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Ahmad Kabariti reports from Gaza that the electricity crisis has ballooned into a sewage crisis, starting with the beaches. “Goalkeeper in a pick-up game in Gaza’s Sheikh Ejleen beach, Mohammed Abu Mahaadi, 27, feels sweaty. He rushes to the sea, diving for seconds into wavy black-gray spots at the end of a foamy break. Dozens of dead jellyfish and sea crabs are in view. When he emerges, Abu Mahaadi’s body is covered in a sludge, sewage water pumped into Gaza’s sea, an effect of the current fuel crisis where there is no longer power to generate the Strip’s waste treatment plant.”

The Spirit of ’68 Lives On: Zionism as racism, and the network of lies

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Part two in a series where Dr. Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi examines a federal complaint filed against her, the California State University Board of Trustees, and the San Francisco State University by the Lawfare Project, a self-described “legal arm for the pro-Israel community” whose executive director affirmed that its objective is to “make the enemy pay.”

National movement to silence BDS disguises itself in MA legislature as ‘No Hate in Bay State’ act

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A new initiative to stifle Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in the Massachusetts legislature is a bill to “Prohibit Discrimination in State Contracts”, arguing that targeting Israel is a form of discrimination aimed at people’s religion and national origin. Opponents showed that this is a facade to hide the anti-free-speech intent of the legislation.

Bill making it a federal crime to support BDS sends shockwaves through progressive community

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Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim’s report at the Intercept on new legislation in the Congress that would criminalize support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Yes, criminalize. The bill is such a crude example of overreach by the Israel lobby that it is sure to backfire on its supporters as Greenwald and Grim’s report ricochets around the Democratic Party

Israel advances bill to conceal its overseas partners in suppressing BDS

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Israel advances a law that will make secret its operations to suppress the movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the law would exempt government agencies from complying with FOIA requests that could reveal its fight against BDS, and its overseas civilian partners that seek to hide their relationship with the Israeli government.

Kill like an Israeli

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“Although the Israeli ‘anti-terrorism day camps’ for civilians are not new, an article in Haaretz last week about their growing popularity amongst tourists from around the globe has created significant buzz and, in some cases, righteous outrage, writes Nada Elia, “The lure of these camps, however, is not so much about killing a Palestinian, as it is about ‘killing like an Israeli.’ The focus at all times is on how Israelis do it. Caliber 3 Israeli Counter Terror and Security Academy, which first opened in 2003 in the illegal Gush Etzion settlement, is fully staffed by IDF combat veterans, including members of ‘elite units.’ They are the experts, and they remind the campers of it at every opportunity they get.”

The children of Nabi Saleh in Israeli prisons: a conversation with Bassem Tamimi

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Richard Hardigan reports from Nabi Saleh, “Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children.
Nabi Saleh is no exception in this regard. Since the demonstrations began, there have been 220 arrests, of which roughly 100 have been of minors and, perhaps even more disturbing, there have been 15 arrests of children under the age of 15. One of the latter is Mohammed Fadal Tamimi, aged 14, who is currently in prison.”