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.
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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.
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.”
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An emerging cease-fire agreement aimed at calming months of violence on the Israel-Gaza border will last for three years and see a significant easing of the blockade on the Hamas-controlled territory, Lebanon’s Al-Akbar newspaper reported Saturday.
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.”
On Wednesday Israeli police removed Coptic priests holding a sit-in at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City and arrested one.
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.”
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.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he will soon change course in his response to protests in Gaza and deliver “very painful blows,” so long as the demonstrations continue.
A month after the Trump administration ordered the Palestinian Mission in Washington DC to end operations, yesterday afternoon consular staff vacated their four-story red brick building in the upscale Georgetown neighborhood.
A French court ruled to end requiring retailers to label goods originating from the West Bank, overturning a 2016 law where products from the settlements could no longer be stamped “made in Israel.
Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian child on October 3, when they shot him with a high-velocity gas bomb in the head. Ahmad Samir Abu Habel, 15, was killed hours after Ibrahim Ahmad al-Arrouqi, a 78-year-old farmer, was killed in his fields.
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.
Israeli army shot and wounded 54 Palestinians during the Great Return March in Gaza yesterday, killing one of them, Karim Mohammad Kollab, 25, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza confirmed.
On Sunday the U.S. State Department cancelled the visas for Palestinian ambassador to the U.S.’s wife and children who are living in Washington DC, following the Trump administration ordering closed the PLO diplomatic mission.
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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.”
From the author of “P is for Palestine,” comes Goldbarg Bashi’s next children’s book “Counting Up the Olive Tree: A Palestine Number Book,” due out in January 2019. Young readers learn to count with a band of Palestinian children who ditch their soccer game to save “the last olive tree” from a “woeful woodcutter.”
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.
Marcello Di Cintio’s political-literary travelogue “Pay No Heed to the Rockets,” follows Palestine’s “brokers of grace,” writers and poets who reveal contemporary Palestinian life, in constant navigation of their own lives set against an occupation.
The head of UNRWA pens an open letter to Palestinian refugees and UN staff, condemning the U.S. decision to defund the agency by stating “5.4 million men, women and children who cannot simply be wished away.”
A video taken by Breaking the Silence activist Achiya Schats shows a Palestinian child forced to climb an Israeli military fence to be able to access her home in the West Bank city of Hebron. Schatz shared the video on Twitter with the caption, “a girl tries to go home, just like yours, except that she was born in Hebron.”
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.