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Trump admin to end all USAID projects in West Bank and Gaza by January 31

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on January 31st following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians, Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group, confirmed on Thursday.

Shoshana takes Jaffa: a cold Brechtian rendition of a hot rococo adventure

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Shoshana, an American in Palestine visits Jaffa and finds that it’s different from the movies, “I don’t like Jaffa. In my all-consuming Palestine obsession, I find it frustratingly Israeli. I hear so much Arabic but see no Palestinian flags. It feels generalized and deracinated.”

UN office: Israeli settler hate crimes against Palestinians rose 69% in 2018

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Last week, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released statistics ahead of the new year that showed a 69 percent increase in settler attacks on Palestinians in 2018 compared to 2017. OCHA recorded 265 incidents in which Israeli residents of the West Bank allegedly targeted Palestinians or their property. In total, 115 Palestinians were injured in those attacks and 7,900 trees and 540 vehicles were destroyed.

Amos Oz and the end of liberal Zionism

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Marc Ellis on the passing of Amos Oz: “Like Wiesel, Amos Oz was a witness to the destruction and reemergence of Jewish life in the formative events of the Holocaust and the birth of the state of Israel. What they also experienced but couldn’t fathom was the formative event of Palestinian freedom as a demand on Jewish history. In missing the next question of Jewish life, while trying to deflect and demean those who did, Oz’s liberal Zionist witness became tarnished and, like Wiesel’s Holocaust consciousness, fated.”

Report: Israeli settler attacks increased by 60% in 2018

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PNN: “According to Israeli information and reports, settler attacks on Palestinians classified as hate crimes have increased by 60%, from the previous year of 2017. Data indicate that, in 2017, there were 79 cases of aggression, but 2018 recorded 127 cases, which means approximately one assault every three days, to include the puncturing of car tires, the uprooting of trees, racist slogans painted on walls, physical assault, killing and assaulting animals.”

Searching for Palestine in Lebanon

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Marion Kawas’ return to Lebanon came with disappointments, “In many areas, there is nothing left to recognize from 45 years ago, especially given the destruction that occurred during the years of the devastating civil war and the subsequent 1982 Israeli military invasion.”

Why I Do The Work, And Why I Need Your Help

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Thank you for making Mondoweiss a tool for liberation beyond what I imagined. When I look at this year’s stories–and what we can achieve for the future–I am proud to ask for your help.

Why Mondoweiss: Sharp and insightful analysis sorely lacking in mainstream media

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Bestselling Palestinian writer and activist Susan Abulhawa: “Mondoweiss has been a valuable English-language publication in the struggle against Israeli apartheid. Their writers and editors reliably and consistently cover the injustices that Israel would like to go unnoticed — and deliver the daily traumas and triumphs of Palestinians in the homeland and diaspora. For these reasons and more, Mondoweiss has become an important and trusted resource. I’m happy to support their work and hope you will too.”

Why Mondoweiss: It’s a lifeboat in the storm of my harsh reality

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To those who lead Mondoweiss—and you who support the work—freedom is not merely a call or a word said, but a reality. Every day I feel that in working with Mondoweiss, I hold an immense responsibility to contribute to the continuation of this site. Please join me in supporting Mondoweiss — an institution that supports Palestinian writers like me both morally and practically.

My own history shows that Mondoweiss converts people. Give today to help that work continue!

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Long before I ever imagined joining the Mondoweiss team, I was part of its target audience. And my story — a journey to solidarity over just a few years — is evidence that accurate news, day in and day out, can convert people and help move the world to the necessary tipping point. Please give today to keep Mondoweiss delivering valuable information and reaching new audiences. The change you seek for Palestine depends on your support.

One year on: The political and human impact of Trump’s Jerusalem decision

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One year ago, US President Donald Trump announced that he was officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, breaking with decades of US and international foreign policy in the region. The announcement sparked widespread protests across the occupied Palestinian territory and Gaza, some of which are still continuing today. The political implications of Trump’s decision were clear: the US was virtually erasing any Palestinian claims to the city, specifically occupied East Jerusalem, which Palestinians maintain must be the capital of their future state. And over the course of the next year, Trump and his administration would announce and enact a series of measures against the Palestinians in an effort to wear them down until they were forced to come to Trump and Netanyahu’s negotiating table and take whatever they could get.

Who is at home and who is in exile: a review of ‘Fractured Destinies’

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Which is more painful: to be forced to abandon your homeland, or to remain, watching strangers erase all traces of your culture and history? This dilemma forms the crux of Rabai al-Madhon’s Fractured Destinies, which Lesley Williams calls, “a lyrically rich portrait of contemporary Palestinian society”

‘Thousands of complex gunshot wounds’ to Gaza protesters — report by Doctors Without Borders

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Thousands of people shot by the Israeli army during protests in Gaza this year are overwhelming the Gazan medical system with complex wounds, infections, and disabilities, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. The vast majority of the 3,117 patients treated by MSF from March 30 to October 31 were shot in the legs, with about half suffering open fractures and others suffering severe soft tissue damage.

Jerusalem teen dies a week after he was shot by police for alleged attempted stabbing

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A Palestinian teenage boy died, Tuesday, from serious wounds he suffered on last Wednesday November 14, allegedly after attempting to stab Israeli officers at a police station in occupied East Jerusalem. Abdul-Rahman Ali Abu Jamal, 17, allegedly climbed the fence of a police station and attacked officers there when he was shot.

Ben White’s hopeful vision may include some false positives

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Ben White’s consistently engrossing new book, “Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel,” argues that “The end of Israel as a bipartisan issue of concern in US politics, along with the wider left’s alienation from and the far right’s embrace of Israel” will undermine Israel’s ability to maintain the status quo. But is he right? Joel Doerfler wonders if Israel can get along without its traditional allies.