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Israel destroyed record number of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem in 2019

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A member of the Adgluni family watching his house being demolished by Israeli authorities in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem on January 27, 2014. (Photo: Activestills)

Israel has demolished a record number of homes in occupied East Jerusalem in 2019, the most in the past 15 years, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported on Thursday. More than 140 Palestinian homes were demolished, resulting in the displacement of 238 Palestinians.

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association comes out in support of a bill that protects Palestinian children

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Executive Director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Rabbi Elyse Wechtermanm tells Mondoweiss, “Our members have been working hard against child detention and family separation on the border here in the United States.  When the issue of child incarceration, torture and detention by the Israeli military was brought to our attention, we felt we could not ignore it – this is part of what it means to fight for justice locally and globally.”

C is for Censorship

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Police officer on duty outside of Golbarg Bashi's reading of P is for Palestine at Highland Park Library, October 20, 2019

The suppression of Palestine activism on American campuses is a well-documented phenomenon, but meanwhile an equally hostile campaign continues to be waged against a simple children’s book, P is for Palestine, by Iranian-American author Golbarg Bashi, who has been subjected to hate mail, intimidation, and death threats.

Pro-Israel org says Warren campaign assured them that anti-occupation staffer wouldn’t be working on Middle East policy

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

IfNotNow co-founder Max Berger is an aide to the Warren campaign, a fact that has generated predictable hysteria on right-wing blogs and pro-Israel websites. However, last week DMFI founder Mark Mellman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) that he received a call from Warren campaign manager Roger Lau, assuring him that Berger wouldn’t be working on any issue connected to “Israel policy or Jewish outreach.”

Burning trees and beating farmers: Israeli settlers wreak havoc on another olive harvest

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Israeli settlers attack farmers in the Nablus area village of Burin, October 2019 (Photo: Facebook)

Every year, without fail, Palestinians mark the beginning of autumn with the olive harvest. A sacred cultural event, families from across the country leave their towns and cities and head for their olive groves, passed down to them from the generations before.

And every year, without fail, much of the harvest is characterized by attacks on Palestinian farmers and families by Israeli settlers and armed soldiers. This year is no different.

Elizabeth Warren becomes the third Democratic candidate to broach the subject of conditioning aid to Israel

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Elizabeth Warren (Photo: Flickr)

Voters want aid to Israel conditioned over humans rights violations. Elizabeth Warren has become the third candidate to address the idea: “Right now, Netanyahu says he is going to take Israel in a direction of increasing settlements, [but] that does not move us in the direction of a two-state solution. It is the official policy of the United States of America to support a two-state solution, and if Israel is moving in the opposite direction, then everything is on the table…Everything is on the table.”

New survey shows Americans want a more progressive foreign policy and, yes, that includes Israel

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Palestinians in the Shejaiya neighborhood wave a white flag as they flee to safety, on July 20, 2014. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Nearly half of American voters (46%) support conditioning aid to Israel in an effort to stop its inhumane treatment of Palestinians. For Democrats it’s even higher, 65%. “We found that voters’ attitudes stand in stark contrast to the hesitation demonstrated by elected leaders to enact major shifts in national-security policy,” Data Progress said in releasing the data showing bipartisan support for progressive proposals on foreign policy.

‘Only God and Israeli officials know what happened,’ wife of hospitalized Palestinian detainee speaks out

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Samer Arbeed with his wife Noura Arbeed and children, Rita, 8, Mina, 5 and Julan, 3. (Photo: courtesy of  Noura Arbeed)

Samer and Noura Arbeed dropped their kids off at school and were on their way home when they noticed that they were being followed. As their car stopped, four armed men wearing civilian clothes and holding guns beat Samer, including blows to the neck, and then forced him into their vehicle. After more abuse during interrogation, he now is hospitalized with kidney failure and broken ribs.

‘Expect anything’ — the steadfast service of a Gaza paramedic

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Nada Shaikh Deeb, a 23-year-old volunteer paramedic in Gaza, has attended every protest at the fence since March 2018. Even after an Israeli officer taunted her following the killing of paramedic Razan al-Najjar. “You’ve still got time to catch up with Razan,” he said. “Expect anything.”

71 more Gaza protesters injured, 33 by live fire

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Seventy-one Palestinian civilians, including 28 children, were injured due to Israeli soldiers’ excessive use of force against peaceful protesters at the 78th Great March of Return, yesterday, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights reported. Hundreds of civilians protested near the fence across the Gaza Strip. Some protesters attempted to throw stones, Molotov Cocktails and firecrackers at the Israeli forces.

Pro-Israel org praises Kamala Harris for being to the right of Obama on Iran Deal

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California Senator Kamala Harris speaks at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2017. (Photo: AIPAC)

In an interview with the Ames Tribune, Democratic Majority for Israel’s Kat Wellmann praised Harris’ response. “I was very impressed with her. I thought she gave an excellent speech, she gave a very detailed, responsive answer to my question,” she told the paper, “I’m pro-Israel, so I was I was very concerned and all about making sure we limit nuclear missiles in any country that could possibly destroy us all. I thought her answer was very good.”

Palestinian hunger striker details ‘physical and psychological’ torture in Israeli prison

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Heba al-Labadi (Photo: Addameer)

Palestinians are expressing outrage after hunger-striking prisoner Heba al-Labadi, 24, revealed new details surrounding her interrogation by Israeli forces, and numerous torture tactics used on her in order to force her to end her strike. Her case, along with several other young Palestinians arrested in recent weeks, are garnering attention locally and on social media.

Gazans honor 78 children killed at the fence

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Israeli forces attacked non-violent protesters in Gaza Friday, killing one Palestinian and wounding 57. The Palestinian protest organizers called this Friday’s protest the “Friday of 78 Children”, in honor of the 78 children killed by Israeli forces since the weekly marches began in March 2018.