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Palestine’s War and Peace

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Hatim Kanaaneh reviews Rashid Khalidi’s latest work ‘The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine’: “Though I have read a good number of histories of Palestine, I hardly turned a page in Rashid Khalidi’s new book that didn’t surprise me with new and well-documented information about my own history.”

‘Coronavirus a gift to Netanyahu’: Activists slam Gantz, Netanyahu annexation plans

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz

Israeli media reported on Monday that Netanyahu and Gantz agreed on a plan to begin formally annexing parts of the West Bank, as early as this summer. “The coronavirus pandemic has been the biggest gift to Netanyahu,” Palestinian political analyst Dianna Buttu told Mondoweiss. “If there’s any time to go forward with annexation, it’s now, when everyone is focused on something else.”

An epidemiologist’s view of COVID-19 in Palestine

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Due to the Israeli occupation, the inability for Palestinians to deploy medical resources as needed; to properly organize the population per the requirements of social distancing and rational quarantine; and to properly track and test people, will predictably result in excess serious illness and death, above and beyond what might occur in a less obstructed scenario.

In the midst of global pandemic, Israeli occupation thrives

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Palestinians inspect three houses demolished by Israeli forces in the village of Rummaneh, in the West Bank city of Jenin, on April 01, 2020. (Photo by Oday Deybes/ WAFA)

In the midst of a global pandemic, when much of the world is sheltering in homes, Israeli forces have continued to raid Palestinian cities and towns, arrest and imprison Palestinians, demolish homes and tear down structures, and facilitate attacks carried out by settlers.

Over 30,000 people tuned into a virtual rally calling for an end to the Gaza blockade

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In addition to the rally, JVP also released a petition that has already been signed by over 15,000 people. It calls on Israel to lift its embargo on Gaza in response to the COVID-19 crisis. “This crisis has been building since Israel’s life-threatening blockade began 13 years ago, and the U.S. is complicit,” it reads.

An Epidemic in a Settler Colony: Coronavirus in Palestine/Israel 

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Israeli forces at Al Walaja checkpoint, West Bank, March 2020. (Oren Ziv / Activestills).

The entire experience of the coronavirus in the West Bank serves as a perfect example of how Israel rules over Palestinians. While the coronavirus doesn’t differentiate between Israelis and Palestinians, Israel sure does. Everything in this country is politicized and affected by the colonial structure. The epidemic is just another perspective to understand it from. 

‘A huge and timely BDS victory’: Microsoft divests from Israeli tech firm AnyVision

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Microsoft has announced that its divesting its shareholding in the Israeli facial recognition company AnyVision. The move follows an audit which was forced by a BDS campaign targeting the company. “Microsoft’s decision to heed the calls of the campaign to drop the Israeli surveillance company AnyVision is a huge and timely BDS victory,” announced the the Palestinian BDS National Committee.

Warren, Van Hollen lead Senators in demanding Trump admin send aid to Palestine amid COVID-19 crisis

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Elizabeth Warren (Photo: Flickr)

“Given the spread of the coronavirus in the West Bank and Gaza, the extreme vulnerability of the health system in Gaza, and the continued withholding of U.S. aid to the Palestinian people, we are concerned that the Administration is failing to take every reasonable step to help combat this public health emergency in the Palestinian Territories,” reads the letter. It was lead by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), but was also signed by  Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

Coronavirus cases spike in West Bank as laborers return from Israel

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The number of coronavirus cases in Palestine jumped from 62 to 91 in just two days. The main cause is that thousands of Palestinian laborers have been ordered to return to the West Bank from Israel. Thousands of workers are now expected to flood back into the West Bank, raising concerns over how well the PA will be able to deal with the influx of potential virus carriers.

Mondoweiss is Hiring – Director of Development

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Mondoweiss community, we have some bittersweet organizational news to share — Tova Perlmutter, our wonderful Executive Director, will be moving on later this spring. Tova has been central in our development over the past five years, helping to move Mondoweiss from a fledgling news operation of four staff people into a mature, stable organization with a core staff of ten. As we prepare for her exit at the end of June we are launching a search for a Director of Development to continue our impressive growth.

Forward global thinking on COVID-19

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Palestinian members of the civil defense disinfect the streets as a preventive measure amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus, in Khan Younis in the southern of Gaza Strip, on March 23, 2020. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Dr. Alice Rothchild writes, “The announcement that nine cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Gaza filled me with a new level of anxiety and despair. Gaza is at the beginning of the pandemic curve.”

Netanyahu, forever! Gantz abandons his opposition

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz

Israel’s year-long political stalemate appears to be over. Netanyahu was saved by coronavirus and racism. The virus made him popular. Racism stymied Benny Gantz’s efforts to form a government with Palestinian support.

Palestinians report first coronavirus death in the West Bank

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Closed shops in the West Bank city of Nablus, which is under a home confinement order as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), March 25, 2020. (Photo: Shadi Jarar'ah/APA Images)

The first Palestinian has died from the novel coronavirus in the occupied West Bank, officials announced on Wednesday. The victim was identified as a woman in her 60’s from the Biddu village, north of Jerusalem in the central West Bank.

Holding our breath in Bethlehem as springtime passes us by

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Abandoned streets and shuttered businesses near Manger Square in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, one day after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in the city. March 6th, 2020, Yumna Patel/Mondoweiss

The tail end of March and beginning of April is often regarded as the most beautiful season in Palestine. But this year, residents of Bethlehem mourn the passing of spring in quarantine, as the city-wide lockdown enters into its fourth week.

Human rights groups call on Trump administration to end Iran sanctions amid COVID-19 crisis

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U.S. President Donald Trump making the announcement that his administration is pulling out of the Iran Deal. (Screenshot: YouTube)

Last week, over 25 groups called on the Trump administration to end its sanctions on Iran amid the COVID-19 crisis. The virus has been particularly calamitous for Iran: at the time this piece was written the country had 21,638 confirmed cases and 1,685 people had been killed by it. U.S. sanctions have no doubt worsened the situation, as they’ve weakened Iran’s economy and thus made it more difficult to secure goods.

Fears rise as two COVID-19 cases confirmed in besieged Gaza Strip

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A Palestinian worker wearing protective gear disinfects streets as a preventive measure amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus, at al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on March 16, 2020. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA)

On Sunday, the first two cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in the besieged Gaza Strip, home to over 2 million Palestinians. According to the health officials in Gaza, the two patients had recently traveled back to Gaza from Pakistan through the Rafah crossing, and were immediately put into quarantine upon their arrival.

Dispatch from Bethlehem: A glimmer of hope after two weeks under lockdown

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A Palestinian man holds up a peace sign after being released from quarantine in the Angel Hotel. 17 COVID-19 patients from Bethlehem were announced to be in recovery on Friday, March 20th, 15 days after the outbreak in the city began. (Photo: Mustafa Bader, Facebook)

Mondoweiss correspondent Yumna Patel lives in Bethlehem, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Palestine. As the crisis continues to develop, Yumna paints a picture of what daily life looks like in the city, the emotions of the people, and her own personal thoughts and fears.