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Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen, 16, after she allegedy pulled knife at a roadblock in occupied Jerusalem

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On January 30, Israeli soldiers shot and killed, a Palestinian girl, 16, at the Zaim military roadblock, east of occupied Jerusalem, reportedly after she “attempted to stab them.” The Israeli Police claimed that the child, Samah Zoheir Mubarak, 16, was carrying her schoolbag when she “pulled a knife and attempted to stab the soldiers,” when the officers fired several live rounds at her.

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.

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.

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.”

‘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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.