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Tensions rise after video of Israeli bulldozer dragging Palestinian body sparks outrage

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Tensions have sparked again in Gaza after a disturbing video showing an Israeli bulldozer dragging the body of a Palestinian who was shot just moments before along the border fence between Gaza and Israel. The video was circulated on social media over the weekend, drawing outrage from activist groups and Palestinians who described it as a war crime.

Video: Israeli forces attack Palestinian protesters with bulldozer

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Still from video of Israeli military bulldozer attacking protesters during an anti-settlements protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum.

Two Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces attacked dozens of protesters taking part in the weekly anti-settlements protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, near Qalqilia in the central occupied West Bank, said Mourad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village. An Israeli army bulldozer was filmed pushing large rocks towards the protesters in the village, injuring a Palestinian child, identified as Mo’men Shtewi, 9, who was treated at the scene.

Palestinian boy, 8, loses eye after being shot by Israeli police in Jerusalem

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Malek Issa, 8, was shot in the face with a rubber-coated bullet by an Israeli police officer as he was on his way home February 15 in occupied Jerusalem. Israeli police said an officer claimed to have fired his weapon at a wall for “calibration” purposes, and thought Issa was hit by an alleged Palestinian stone-thrower.

‘Whether they accept it or not, it’s going to happen’ — Netanyahu lays out Palestinian submission to Trump plan

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Netanyahu’s discussion of Palestinian submission to the “radical” and “historic” terms of the Trump “peace plan” sounds very much like surrender. Recognize Israel as “the Jewish state,” accept Israeli sovereignty over much of the West Bank, including every Jewish settlement. Accept Israeli military control forever. Netanyahu laid out these terms in a speech to rightwing American Jews from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Bloomberg once accused BDS supporters of wanting Israelis to be ‘massacred’

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As NY Mayor, Mike Bloomberg said BDS supporters want Israel to be “torn apart.” But he said trying to suppress BDS advocates’ free speech rights would help the movement. “If [you] just shut up, it would have gone away! It would be a bunch of kids on a campus. Nobody would have gone to listen to them and nobody [would have] seen it. Now they’ve created the very monster that they say they’re opposed to.” 

UN releases database of companies operating in illegal West Bank settlements

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After countless delays, the UN released the highly-anticipated database of companies that operate in Israel’s hundreds of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Among the international businesses listed are several companies in the travel industry previously known to operate in settlements, like Airbnb,, Expedia, and TripAdvisor. American food manufacturer General Mills and telecommunications giant Motorola Inc. are also on the list.

Trump cuts last remaining aid to PA to coerce acceptance of annexation plan

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The Trump administration has dealt another blow to the the flailing Palestinian Authority (PA) in the form of more budget cuts, this time to the PA’s security forces. It is understood that future funding is contingent upon the PA accepting Trump’s “peace plan” that was released two weeks ago, which they have categorically rejected.

Time to ditch US as peace broker: Abbas

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Palestinian protesters wave national flags during a rally in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and against US President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on February 11, 2020. Photo by Oday Deybes/ WAFA

Addressing diplomats in New York, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proposed an “international mechanism” to replace the Americans as the sole broker of negotiations with Israel.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen protesting Trump annexation plan

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Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Bader Nidal Nafla Harha, 19, who was killed by Israeli soldiers during protests near the village of Qaffin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Shadi Jarar'ah/APA Images)

Bader Nidal Nafla Harha, 19, was killed by Israeli soldiers during protests near the village of Qaffin, in the northern West Bank. Harfa was shot during protests that erupted near the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall, where many residents marched on their lands to reject Donald Trump’s so-called ‘deal of the century’. He was the fourth Palestinian youth killed in recent days.

Will Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren attend the AIPAC conference?

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Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in Jan. 14, 2019. screenshot.

“Well if I do go — I don’t think I am, I don’t think it’s going to be on my schedule — but you know, I have no objection to going, but the question is what I say when I get there. That’s the point. And what I will say is something that I have said for years, and I speak as somebody who’s Jewish, and that is we need a foreign policy in this country, we need a Mideast policy which absolutely protects the integrity and the independence and safety of Israel, but also understands that the Palestinian people have needs and they have got to be treated with respect and dignity. And that is not the case right now. So that is my view. We will treat all people with respect and dignity.”

Kushner sells plan to skeptical UN

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Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner. (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci)

Jared Kushner tried to persuade United Nations Security Council members on Thursday to back his plan for re-starting talks between Israelis and Palestinians amid doubts that the proposal is just cover for an Israeli land grab.