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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 teens Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher, both killed 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 denies historical crimes and daily incidents equally. 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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The body of Palestinian teenager Nadim Nuwara, 17, killed by Israeli live fire on Nakba Day, was exhumed on Wednesday. At the request of the Nawara family an autopsy was performed witnessed by an international group of pathologists which revealed Nuwara was killed by a live bullet. Reuters, Palestinians: autopsy shows live bullet killed teen during anti-Israel protest: […]

CNN airs evidence Israelis used live bullets on Palestinian protesters

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Update: CNN’s Ivan Watson has done a terrific account of the shootings of the two teenagers in Beitunia last week, casting serious doubt on Israeli claims that Israelis fired rubber bullets. Watson airs CNN footage of an Israeli soldier firing a rifle when one youth went down, and then shows Siam Nawara, the father of […]

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

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The 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.

Israel tries to blame killings on Palestinians as int’l outrage builds

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Here’s a wrapup of the coverage of the killings last Thursday of two Palestinian youths during a Nakba Day demonstration in Beitunia in the West Bank. The Israeli government is trying to spin the story to suggest that Palestinians fired the shots, and not Israeli soldiers– in a throwback to the Mohammed al-Durrah spin strategy in […]

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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Netanyahu to settlers: I’m fighting for you, but there are international constraints Haaretz 29 May by Barak Ravid — Leaders of the Yesha Council of settlements met Wednesday evening with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and asked him to bring an end to the months-long freeze on planning, construction, and marketing of West Bank and East […]

Under int’l pressure, Israel delays settlement plans

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Five big EU countries press Israel to delay settlement plans Haaretz 12 June by Barak Ravid — Following pressure by Western European diplomats, the Civil Administration decided on Wednesday to delay the recently announced plans to move forward on construction of 1,800 settlement […]

Israel confiscates Red Cross tents so as to expel Palestinians from Area C

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing IDF uses live-fire zones to expel Palestinians from areas of West Bank, officer admits Haaretz 12 May by Amira Hass — Officer tells Knesset committee method used to reduce illegal construction, Palestinian population in Area C; Habayit Hayehudi MK urges crack-down on international groups who assist construction […]

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The Gaza exceptionalism: from Samson to killing Sawarka family

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Palestinian students look on the pictures of members of Sawarka family who were killed by an Israeli airstrike, at their school, in Deir al-Balah, central of Gaza Strip on November 16, 2019. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Gaza has always been the exception throughout history. Starting from mighty Samson, to the Intifadas, Gaza was always there, regardless of the challenges, leaving its own mark on history and reminding everyone it in no way could be bypassed.

Sawarka relatives relate hellish destruction of family of 8 in what Israelis call a ‘mistake’

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“What investigation could raise the dead?” Abdullah al-Sawarka, 45, asks, while standing distraught at the edge of a 50-foot-wide crater where his cousin’s tin shack stood. Israelis bombed the house in Gaza on Thursday killing eight family members. They now say it was a mistake but Gazans scoff at the idea that there will be any accountability for the crime. The file will be thrown in the trash, says an aunt of the children killed.