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Minnesota Congresswoman demands accountability for Nakba Day killings

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Minnesota Congressperson Rep. Betty McCollum has requested the State Department to investigate whether the killings of Nawara and a second teen, Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher, both during a Nakba Day protest in the occupied West Bank in 2014, constitute a violation of the Leahy Law on aid to human rights violators.

The Nakba Day denial

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Denial is an important and often underemphasized dimension of Israel’s violence toward Palestinians. The Forensic Architecture team explains how the Nakba day killing of 17-year-old Nadeem Nawara and 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Daher in 2014 is a microcosm of how Israel equally denies historical crimes and daily incidents. The Nakba day massacre was denied, just like the Nakba of 1948 it was commemorating.

Autopsy reveals Nakba Day protester killed by live ammunition

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An autopsy of Nadim Nuwara, 17, shows that Israeli live fire killed him and should put to rest the blatant and hurtful propaganda about his and another Palestinian youth’s killing outside Ramallah on Nakba Day last month

‘Morality within the army is becoming less important among Israeli society’: Azaria conviction reveals divisions across Israeli society

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Yesterday’s Israeli military court ruling which found Sgt. Elor Azaria guilty of manslaughter in the killing of Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif has revealed long-simmering fissures in Israeli society that, according to experts, point to a growing anti-democratic trend in the country and reinforce the lack of accountability for Palestinians within the Israeli justice system.

New online digital mapping tool shows inside story of Israeli assault on Gaza

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Amnesty International (AI) has teamed up with Forensic Architecture of Goldsmiths, University of London, to launching The Gaza Platform, a digital mapping tool that can be used to collate, map, explore and analyze patterns in attacks on Gaza during last summer’s brutal Israeli military offensive against the tiny blockaded enclave.

New Black-Palestinian Solidarity video features Lauryn Hill, Rasmea Odeh, Danny Glover

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Black-Palestinian Solidarity released a powerful video today unifying resistance against state-sanctioned violence both communities are confronting. “When I see Them I See Us” features more than 60 leading Black and Palestinian artists and activists, including Lauryn Hill, Rasmea Odeh, Danny Glover, Cornel West, Angela Davis, and Alice Walker.

The ‘Pallywood’ smear: Viral images of Palestinian boy’s brutalization brings backlash

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The viral video of Ahed Tamimi fighting an Israeli soldier who was brutalizing a boy in the occupied Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh has prompted a backlash from Israel’s propagandists: the incident was staged by villagers as a “Pallywood” production. The charge is a cruel smear of people who did not ask to have their lands confiscated by illegal colonists.

44% of Israelis support annexing West Bank; half of those favoring annexation think Palestinians shouldn’t be given equal rights

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Jewish settlement in West Bank

According to the latest poll of the Israel Democracy Institute’s Peace Index 44% of Israelis favor the annexation of the West Bank. 48% of those favoring annexation said this would not require giving Palestinians equal rights of citizenship. From the Index report: “a small but significant minority of the Jewish public supports a situation that the international community regards as apartheid.”

The ‘Pallywood’ smear: Viral images of Palestinian boy’s brutalization brings backlash

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The viral video of Ahed Tamimi fighting an Israeli soldier who was brutalizing a boy in the occupied Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh has prompted a backlash from Israel’s propagandists: the incident was staged by villagers as a “Pallywood” production. The charge is a cruel smear of people who did not ask to have their lands confiscated by illegal colonists.

Netanyahu to settler leaders: ‘I fight for you’

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Haaretz’s Barak Ravid reports that leaders of the Yesha Council of settlements met Wednesday evening with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and asked him to bring an end to the freeze on planning, construction, and marketing of settlement housing. Netanyahu told the settlement leaders: “You have no shield greater than I. I fight for you.”

Under int’l pressure, Israel delays settlement plans

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Israeli authorities approved nearly 400 settlement units but delayed plans for about 1400 others, though they denied that pressure from European leaders had caused them to reconsider, Haaretz reports

Israel demolishes Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 69th time

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Israeli demolish Naqab village for 69th time IMEMC 29 May by Chris Carlson — Israeli soldiers demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Naqab (Negev), for what amounts to the 69th consecutive time, on Thursday, say witnesses …  The villagers of al-Araqib, near Beer Sheba, have called upon the international community and all relevant […]

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In West Bank raid, soldiers kill mentally-disabled man, as toll rises to 5

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Israeli troops early Sunday raided el-‘Ain refugee camp in the West Bank and killed a 27-year-old man as he was walking to a mosque for dawn prayers. He had refused orders to return home, and his family says he was mentally disabled. Israel has now killed five Palestinians in the West Bank in an operation said to be aimed at finding missing Israeli teens