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Israel comes up often in Jeffrey Epstein case

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Jeffrey Epstein has friendships with many Israel supporters, from Les Wexner to Ehud Barak. There is speculation that he had links to Israeli intelligence.

Marc Lamont Hill was ‘hurt’ and ‘indignant’ to be fired by CNN for calling for equal rights ‘from river to sea’

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After Marc Lamont Hill gave a speech at the U.N. last November calling for equal rights in Palestine, his employer CNN called the next day and fired him. “They said, ‘Your speech was not in line with our values,'” he recalls to Palestinian journalist Janna Jihad. “I said, which part of the speech? They said, The speech.” Hill was shocked. “I’m prone to saying crazy shit. I just didn’t do it that day!”

Meet Jamil al-Baz, portraitist of the March of Return’s fallen

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Jamil holding a portrait of his friend, Tamer Abu al-Khair.

“Posters of the world’s cinema heroes are pasted on the walls outside Gaza, but the martyrs of the March of Return have become the heroes of our real life cinema here in Gaza,” explains 16-year-old Jamil al-Baz, who has drawn the portraits of dozens of the protesters who has been killed in the 66 weeks of the protest in Gaza so far.

Israeli plan to raze East Jerusalem homes may be first step towards mass demolitions across the West Bank

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The Wadi al-Hummus area of Sur Bahir, East Jerusalem (Photo: Saleh Zghari)

Dozens of Palestinian homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood Sur Bahir are under threat of demolition by Israel. While home demolitions are a common occurrence in East Jerusalem, these homes in Sur Bahir lie in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. International and local officials fear that if Israeli carries out the demolitions, it could pave the way for the destruction of hundreds of homes in PA-controlled areas of the West Bank.

AIPAC and friends slam IfNotNow as ‘anti-Israel’ for asking Democratic candidates about ‘the occupation’

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The young Jews of IfNotNow are making Israel’s occupation an issue in the Democratic race, and the group Democratic Majority for Israel is fighting back, calling IfNotNow anti-Israel and advising candidates to avoid answering IfNotNow’s questions. IfNotNow says the Democratic Majority group is a front for AIPAC, the Israel lobby, which has long had a home in the Democratic Party.

Dareen Tatour appeals to supporters as Israeli prosecution attempts to reopen case against her

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Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour is appealing to her supporters to sign a petition in support of her freedom of expression after she received a letter from the Israeli Supreme Court that the public prosecution was seeking to reopen the case against her. Despite already serving her time in prison, and a court partially acquitting her of the charges against her, Tatour fears that Israeli authorities are attempting again to silence her voice.

Israeli Jews question Palestinians’ loyalty and don’t want them in government — leading political scientist

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Benjamin Netanyahu has the inside track to remain prime minister of Israel because he supports the “Jewish identity” of the state, says political scientist Tamar Hermann. The left is a marginal factor in the Israeli election in September, and Israeli Jews overwhelmingly don’t want Palestinians in any governing coalition. The only thing Israeli Jews and Palestinians agree on is that the Trump peace plan won’t work.

‘They shot to kill’: residents of West Bank village in shock after Israeli snipers shoot 10-year-old boy in the head

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Abdul Rahman Shteiwi, 10, was shot in the head by Israeli forces in Kafr Qaddum on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Murad Shteiwi)

Palestinian residents of the northern West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum have been staging weekly Friday protests for the past eight years against Israeli land confiscations and the closure of roads in their town. What started out last Friday as a typical demonstration quickly turned into a nightmare for the villagers, when Israeli snipers shot 10-year-old Abdul Rahman Shteiwi in the head.

ISM: 100 bullet fragments in brain of 10-year-old Palestinian child shot in West Bank

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10-year-old Palestinian boy undergoing surgery in Rafidia hospital, Nablus (Photo via International Solidarity Movement)

Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian child in the head with live ammunition yesterday during a protest against settlement expansion in the West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum, Palestine. Abdul Rahman Yasser Shteiwi, 10, was rushed to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus at around 3pm and was operated on immediately. Today, doctors told ISM that a scan of the boy’s brain showed over 100 bullet fragments lodged in his head.

Does Elizabeth Warren have a plan for Palestine?

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Elizabeth Warren speaking at Tufts University, (c) Pat Westwater-Jong

Elizabeth Warren has built a reputation as the presidential candidate with a plan for everything, but does she have a plan for Palestine? Michael Arria follows her shifting positions on U.S. policy towards the Israeli occupation.

Palestinian universities fight back against Israel forcing international academics out of the country

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Haneen Adi (Photo courtesy of Adalah)

It’s been two years since Haneen Adi, an English literature and writing teacher at Ramallah’s Birzeit University, has left the occupied West Bank. Israel has refused to renew Adi’s visa to stay and teach in the West Bank since November 2017 and she is not alone. Adi is one of dozens of international academics at Palestinian universities in the occupied territory who has been denied a visa by Israel in recent years. Now, Birzeit, which has ranked within the top three percent of universities worldwide, is fighting back.

Archaeologists on Twitter tear down Netanyahu’s claims that Palestinians have ‘no connection’ to homeland

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The “Philistine-Palestinian” debate has been brought to the forefront again, this time by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Archaeologist Dr. David Wengrow said a report being pushed by Netanyahu was a “clear-cut case where modern genetic studies are being (mis)used to revive outdated arguments about ancient migrations that have their origin in racial theory.”