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Palestinian teachers and students defy order to be photographed at a checkpoint

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Israeli forces prevented students and teachers from entering a school in the center of Hebron City, after demanding to take their pictures before crossing the al-Shuhada Street checkpoint, according to Ma’an news agency. The Palestinians refused to be humiliated, and were forced to wait an hour at the checkpoint.

Thank you for meeting the challenge!

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Earlier this week we presented you, our readers, with a challenge. Five donors were offering up to $3,000 to match every gift we received over 24 hours and I have GREAT news – not only did you meet the match, your generosity and enthusiasm exceeded it! To be specific, we raised over $7,500 in 24 hours, bringing our total to over $10,000 after the match. Thank you!

West Bank village celebrates Rashida Tlaib’s election to Congress

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The extended family of Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, celebrated her victory in their home in the Israeli occupied West Bank. She has become “a source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim world,” her uncle, Bassam Tlaib, said in the small village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa.

‘Realism’ Israeli-style: A kinder, gentler occupation

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Micah Goodman’s book Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War has been celebrated for its “pragmatism” and “realism” and topped the Israeli nonfiction best seller list for weeks while being read by Benjamin Netanyahu and many top officials involved in administering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But Joel Doerfler says, “the most striking thing about Goodman’s argument is the utterly conventional and largely unexamined set of historical and moral assumptions on which it is founded.”

Report: Israel decides against overthrowing Hamas in Gaza

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Israeli political and military sources tell Haaretz they no longer plan to deal with Hamas through the PA. Abbas wants increased tensions between Hamas and Israel as it affords him leverage. “In the near term, he plans to increase the punitive measures against the organization, the officials say.”

‘The Trump Administration is part of the problem, not part of the solution’: US shutters Jerusalem diplomatic mission to Palestinians

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The Trump administration will not longer have separate U.S. diplomatic posts to Israel and the Palestinians, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement this morning. He announced the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem that services Palestinians will be folded into the embassy in Israel and headed by the Ambassador. “Frankly the U.S. is making it clear that they have no interest to declare separate Palestinian sovereignty,” head of the Arab American Institute James Zogby said, “They ought to hang a welcome sign that says ‘welcome to the one-state solution’ over the door.”

Australia mulls moving embassy to Jerusalem

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Will Australia follow the U.S. and move their embassy to Jerusalem? Australia’s Prime Minister said Tuesday he is considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and shifting his embassy from Tel Aviv.

35 senators send letter to Trump opposing Palestinian aid cut

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Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) led a letter of 35 U.S. Senators to President Trump to express strong opposition to his decision to cut more than $500 million in aid to the Palestinian people. “We are deeply concerned that your strategy of attempting to force the Palestinian Authority to the negotiating table by withholding humanitarian assistance from women and children is misguided and destined to backfire,” the senators wrote.

Check out the new Mondoweiss wall calendar for 2019 – Life, Resistance and History in Palestine

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Check out the new Mondoweiss wall calendar for 2019 -- Life, Resistance and History in Palestine

Mondoweiss is pleased to announce the creation of our first-ever wall calendar, now available for purchase. The 2019 calendar shows key dates in Palestine/Israel’s history, along with images of daily Palestinian life and resistance. We produced this calendar to share with you the kind of images that Mondoweiss publishes daily. We hope this is a product you will be happy to display in your home, office or give as a gift. The calendar will begin shipping in early October – but you can pre-order now.

ICC responds to Trump administration threats: ‘the court will continue to do its work undeterred’

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In response to threats by the United States National Security Adviser John Bolton, the International Criminal Court in Hague said, on Tuesday, that it is an independent and impartial institution with the backing of 123 countries. The statement added that “the ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law.”

Boy of 17 is killed in Gaza protests

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On Friday, Israeli soldiers killed 17-year-old Bilal Mustafa Khaffaja and injured at least 210 others, during the Great Return March protests in several parts of the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

If there’s mansplaining and whitesplaining, then why not Ziosplaining? – on Yossi Klein Halevi’s Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

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Ilene Cohen defines ‘Ziosplaining’ as “the efforts of Zionists of so-called moderate stripe, who are endlessly pained by reality, to explain to Palestinians (and the world) that they have no choice but to support the Israeli occupation of Palestine.” She says the latest effort in the genre is Yossi Klein Halevi’s Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. “That neighbor, by the way, is the author’s imaginary neighbor—the only one possible for such an exercise, because few and far between would be the Palestinians who wouldn’t gag at this patronizing effort to have their situation ‘explained’ to them,” Cohen writes.