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Netanyahu temporarily delays forcible eviction of Khan al-Ahmar

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The Israeli government has postponed the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar, following weeks of international attention on the Bedouin village. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that the village would be “evacuated” soon. His comments followed a meeting with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday.

‘Incredibly grateful’ Lara Alqasem leaves Israeli airport after 16 days in detention

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Lara Alqasem, the graduate student detained at Ben Gurion airport for 16 days, was released at 9 PM last night after the Israeli High Court ruled to overturn the state’s decision to deny entry to her as a supposed BDS activist. Alqasem thanked her lawyers and other supporters and said she needs time “to process” before she says anything more.

Lara Alqasem’s lawyers ‘optimistic’ after first hearing in Israeli High Court

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Lara Alqasem, the 22-year-old Palestinian-American graduate student who has been stuck in a holding cell at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport since she arrived in the country on October 2, appeared for her first hearing before the Israeli High Court on Wednesday morning to appeal her deportation from the country.

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.

Israeli forces injure 5, arrest 4, as tensions rise in Khan al-Ahmar

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Tensions heightened Monday morning in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, as Israeli police forces entered the village with bulldozers, sparking confrontations with residents and local and foreign activists who attempted to prevent authorities from entering the village.

Lara Alqasem’s lawyer: her detention is part of a larger, more worrying trend

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Lara Alqasem’s lawyer, Yotam Ben-Hillel, tells Mondoweiss that the 22-year-old student’s detention is part of a broader Israeli policy. “It really looks like they [Israel] are putting a lot of effort and money and resources in order to prevent entry,” he said. “This is all motivated by Jewish supremacy and wanting to keep the land — even if it’s the occupied territory — with as little amount of Palestinians as possible and to completely control who is entering, and the number of every Arab between the Jordan river and the sea.”

Fragmented thoughts from the Eastern fence of the Gaza open-air prison

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Haider Eid writes after returning from a protest at the Gaza fence as part of the Great March of Return: “The final judgment is approaching. Either exist, or be wiped out from history.  Therefore, it is the moment of truth, either be steadfast during this certainly delusional settlement, the settlement of a state, a Bantustan, with partial authority over the Palestinian people, or the delusion of a settlement under Israeli citizenship, regardless of the right of return.  We, marchers at the Eastern fence of the Gaza Ghetto beg to differ! We want the full menu of rights, or nothing!”

‘Incitement’ trial illustrates systemic discrimination against Palestinians citizens of Israel

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The remand hearing in the trial of Raja Eghbarieh, former secretary-general of Abnaa al-Balad movement, who is accused of “incitement to terrorism” following publications on Facebook, has become a fascinating legal battle that raises fundamental questions about the policy of the Israeli police and prosecution regarding the freedom of expression of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Video: As the olive harvest begins, so do the settler attacks

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Israeli authorities only give the residents of Turmusayya, a lush Palestinian village nestled in a valley between Ramallah and Nablus, two days in the fall to harvest their olives. When time finally came this year they were devastated to find dozens of trees chopped down, uprooted, and rotting. “Some of these trees are 40, 50, 60, and 70 years old,” 78-year-old Palestinian Mahmoud al-Araj told Mondoweiss, “I have been cultivating these trees, this land, since I was a boy.” Pointing to the illegal Israeli outpost of Adei Ad, which was built on lands of Turmusayya, al-Araj’s voice intensified. “We give everything we have to our land and to these trees, and then the settlers come and destroy it all.”

‘Who said that I have to be a refugee forever?’–Palestinians in Gaza reflect on living in ‘world’s largest open-air prison’

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Young Palestinians often describe their upbringing in the Gaza Strip as serving a sentence in “the world’s largest open-air prison,” and see themselves as trapped between Israel’s refusal to support Palestinian statehood, and an international community willing to look the other way. Ahmad Kabariti talks with young Palestinians in Gaza about what it means to grow up and be stuck living under siege.

Why we can be hopeful on Palestine

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The Great Return March, which began on March 30th, was an attempt across a broad spectrum of Gazan society to mount a peaceful action that world could not help but recognize as such. After 6 months, the March has largely dropped from the headlines, even though the death toll continues to climb. But the March has nevertheless continued and some of the seeds it has planted are already bearing fruit.

UNRWA condemns Jerusalem mayor’s plan to shut down agency in East Jerusalem

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UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for providing life saving services to 5 million Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, released a statement Friday expressing its deep concern over statements made by the Israeli Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat on plans to remove UNRWA from East Jerusalem.

In Gaza, hospitals run short on fuel while Israel tightens requirements for medical transfers

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In Gaza, the medical system is near collapse, reports the Health Advisory Council of Jewish Voice for Peace. A Palestinian Center for Human Rights video shows that Israeli forces at the Gaza fence used excessive force against medical staffers, which resulted in the killing of 3 paramedics and the injury of about 103 medical staffers.

In photos: Khan al-Ahmar prepares for demolition after decade-long battle to remain

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A tiny Palestinian Bedouin town located in the West Bank hills outside of Jerusalem is bracing for an impending eviction to make way for plans to expand an Israeli settlement. This case has implications far beyond the 32 families who live there and the nearly 200 students who attend the school in the town. If the eviction moves forward, it will pave the way for a Jewish-only settlement bloc to divide the West Bank into two, rendering impossible the creation of a unified Palestinian state in the occupied territory. 

The whitewash of Black Friday

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On August 15, Israel closed its military investigation into the Black Friday incursion in the southern Gaza Strip when nearly 200 Palestinians were killed over four days during the 2014 war. “It is the responsibility of those who believe in the inalienable dignity of all humans, to campaign in the name of real justice for the victims of Israeli state terror,” writes Ahmed El Kady.

Abbas and Netanyahu present competing visions of peace, and Trump, at UN General Assembly

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Both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday in New York. While Netanyahu spent most of his speech boasting of Israel’s raid on an alleged secret Iranian nuclear facility, railing into the Obama-administration’s Iran deal, and criticizing Iran’s influence in Syria and Lebanon, Abbas presented a lackluster criticism of Israel, the Trump administration, and the international community.