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Netanyahu’s Gaza attack targeted political foes Gantz and Joint List, says Israeli negotiator

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In the battle between Netanyahu and Gantz, Gaza pays the price. (Cartoon: Carlos Latuff)

In the wake of the Israeli assassination in Gaza and the counter-attack by Islamic Jihad, a “convoy” of Netanyahu’s political allies in the Likud party have issued statements that Benny Gantz is not trustworthy because he will depend on the Joint List of Palestinian parties in order to become prime minister, says Moty Cristal, a former Israeli negotiator.

The shared trauma of Palestinian life

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Majed Abusalama is experiencing the trauma of Israel’s latest attack on Gaza, even if he doesn’t live there any longer. “All Palestinians endure ongoing trauma, stress, and fear even if we are exiled outside of colonized Palestine,” Majed Abusalama writes, “We all carry this package of pain and trauma.”

When a whole society supports a terrorist organization

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In Israel, the military is by far the most trusted institution. And though it terrorizes Palestinians daily, the fealty it gets from Jewish Israeli society serves as a shield against taking it to account.

43 children are shot at Friday march in Gaza

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In Gaza on Friday, 95 Palestinian civilians, including 43 children, a woman, 2 paramedics and a journalist, were shot and injured by Israeli forces, who fired live rounds against peaceful Palestinian protesters at the 80th Great March of Return.

The gas fields off Gaza: a gift or a curse?

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A Palestinian man stands next empty gas canisters at a natural gas station in Gaza City on April 13, 2011, as Gaza Strip suffers from the shortages of natural gas. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Thirteen years after the discovery of gas fields off the coast of Gaza, efforts to develop them remain deadlocked despite the international backing the project enjoys. Meanwhile, the besieged Gaza Strip suffers prolonged power cuts and the Palestinian economy bears a huge financial cost – as do the Western taxpayers keeping it afloat. Al-Shabaka Program Director Victor Kattan discusses the actors and amounts involved as well as the reasons why the project has stalled and recommends some policy options to break the deadlock.

Norman Finkelstein counters anti-Semitism ‘libel’ over harsh comments on Gaza

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Speaking at Princeton, Norman Finkelstein said a former Israeli soldier should be ashamed of having been a “concentration camp guard” for having served on the Gaza border. The Princetonian termed his remarks anti-Semitic. Finkelstein says reporters don’t want to address the central fact: Gaza’s martyrdom.

‘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.

In Gaza, 86 Palestinians injured, one slain, in 76th Friday protest

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At the Gaza border in Rafah yesterday hundreds of protesters gathered for speeches and folk songs. Dozens approached the fence and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails, and Israeli soldiers responded with live fire, killing Saher ‘Awadallah Jaber ‘Othman (20).

Israel’s Snap Election: The view from Gaza

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The results of the exit polls are shown on a screen at Benny Gantz's Blue and White party headquarters, following Israel's parliamentary election, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 17, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)

Haidar Eid says there is nothing for Palestinians to celebrate about the Israeli elections. “Only secular democracy under the rule of law and in which ALL citizens are treated equally regardless of ethnic and religious origin is what should be celebrated,” Eid writes. “Anything short of that is a recycling of 19th century ethnic nationalism disguised in slogans that mean absolutely nothing to us Palestinians.”

When the denial bubble bursts: an Israeli kibbutz faces the Nakba

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A sign describing the house where the Ma'in exhibit took place. The house was build by Abu Breisha, yet, some Israelis insist the British built it. (Photo: Eléonore Merza Bronstein)

What happens when a people are confined to a bubble which suddenly bursts and the sun shines on a whole new truth? This is what happened to the kibbutzim in Nirim, Nir Oz, Magen, and Ein Hashloshla when Eitan Bronstein Aparicio recently presented an exhibit of what Palestinian life looked like in the area before the Nakba.

In Gaza, women with college degrees are taking any job they can find

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Amal Abu-Rqayiq, 40, works at her small carpentry workshop in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on March 8, 2014. Amal is a single mother working in a male dominated profession. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Friends warned Sabreen al-Jabary opening a dress shop in the Gaza Strip was risky as the shopfront, her home, is located in a far from upscale or middle class areas. Her house is next to a cemetery. Customers would be hard to arrange. But she has no choice.

Hamas arrests 10 in Gaza accused of fatal bombings Tuesday

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Security forces of the Interior Ministry in Gaza have arrested ten persons who are believed to be members of the cell that carried out the two bombings on Tuesday evening that killed three security officers, a Hamas spokesperson say.

News media’s ‘both sides’ framing distorts events in Israel’s favor

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New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikipedia)

News media coverage routinely frames Palestine-Israel as a story of two sides deserving more or less equal portions of blame. In an excerpt from his book, ‘The Wrong Story:  Palestine, Israel, and the Media’, Greg Shupak examines the use of the “both sides” frame in New York Times editorials on Israel’s 2014 attack on Gaza, Operation Protective Edge which distort events in Israel’s favor by grossly inflating Palestinian wrongs while understating Israel’s.

Reflections from Gaza on anti-Semitic language

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Palestinian protesters join the Great March of Return at the Israel-Gaza border in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip

Haidar Eid writes Palestinians can never endorse anti-Semitism and looks at models within popular movements and supporters of BDS who have championed the rights of all and worked in partnership with Jewish supporters of Palestinian human rights.