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.
On 24 August, using excessive force against peaceful protesters in Gaza for the 22nd Friday in a row, Israeli forces wounded 89 civilians, including 17 children, 2 women and 3 paramedics. Five sustained serious wounds.
In an interview by Robert Cohen on his latest book, “Finding Our Voice,” Marc H. Ellis explains there is only one question for Jews today, after the Holocaust, the creation of Israel and the occupation of Palestine — What side are you on?
The illegal West Bank settlement of Ariel is marking is marking its 40th birthday. In the span of a few decades it has grown into one of the largest Israeli communities in the West Bank with a theater, a university and plans to increase its population to the size of a formidable city of 100,000.
Al Jazeera reports that Israel has closed an investigation into an assault on August 1, 2014, in which 135 Palestinians were killed in southern Gaza: “In a report on Wednesday, the Israeli army cleared itself of wrongdoing and said it would not prosecute commanders who were involved, claiming its investigation found no reason to suspect criminal misconduct.”
Anyone deluded enough to believe that Israel truly wants democracy to spread in the Middle East must read David D. Kirkpatrick’s outstanding first-hand account of the 2011 uprising in Egypt and its ugly aftermath, “Hands of Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East.”
Palestinians held funerals for three killed by Israel in recent day, including pregnant mother Enas Mohammad Abu Khammash, buried along with her 18-month-old daughter Bayan. Meantime, Israelis reported that a “huge” 13-foot long incendiary kite from Gaza landed on a kibbutz’s electrical wires, causing great concern.
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Amira Hass reports: “The state is willing to allow six women cancer patients to leave the Gaza Strip for the West Bank for treatment that is not available in the West Bank, or to go abroad for treatment they cannot afford. However, it will not allow the women, who are severely ill, to go to either of two Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem which can treat them.”
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During the Great March of Return yesterday, an Israeli army sharpshooter killed Ahmad Yahia Atallah Yaghi, 25, east of Gaza city. In a previous protest, the soldiers shot Yaghi with live fire, wounding him in his leg.
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The Israeli authorities have cancelled all family visits for Palestinian prisoners from Gaza held in Israeli jails indefinitely. The move comes as the latest measure to sanction the Strip, following a ban on commercial trade and limits in exit permits.
The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has reported that Mo’men Fathi al-Hams, 17, died, on Saturday morning, from serious wounds he suffered by Israeli army fire on Friday. In addition to two other killings Friday, one of a child, the death toll for the Great Return March is now 155.
Gaza’s poorest are facing a humanitarian crisis as free clinics begin suspending services across the Strip, after Donald Trump slashed aid to Palestinian refugees.
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