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Today in Palestine is a regular collection of links from across the web of news and analysis pertaining to Israel/Palestine and U.S. foreign policy.

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.

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).

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.

Settler rams Palestinian woman with truck, killing her

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A Palestinian teacher, Fatima Suleiman, 42, was killed Thursday morning near her home in the occupied West Bank, after being rammed by the car of an illegal colonialist settler. The soldiers later shot and seriously injured a Palestinian teen while handcuffed, when he reportedly attempted to run from the scene.

Israeli forces shoot 66 Palestinians at Gaza protest, killing 15-year-old boy

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On Friday, Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly Great March Processions in the besieged Gaza Strip, killing one child, and injuring at least 55 others, including two medics. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the slain child as Maisara Mousa Ali Abu Shallouf, 15, shot in the abdomen, east of Jabalia camp.

Israeli forces kill a Palestinian paramedic volunteer, 18, in Bethlehem

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Sajed Mezher, a paramedic volunteer of 18, was killed by Israeli fire, Wednesday morning, during violent confrontations that broke out in Deheisheh refugee camp, in the south of Bethlehem. He was wearing his medical relief uniform when he was shot. The World Health Organization condemned the killing.

Soldiers beat a blind Palestinian man bloody in dawn raid in occupied West Bank

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Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Wednesday at dawn, a blind Palestinian man who also suffers from a kidney disease, after invading his home in Doha town, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. “We first thought that they were thieves, and they started beating me up while shouting at me ‘we are the Israeli Defense Force’,” Monther Mezher said.

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen, 16, after she allegedy pulled knife at a roadblock in occupied Jerusalem

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On January 30, Israeli soldiers shot and killed, a Palestinian girl, 16, at the Zaim military roadblock, east of occupied Jerusalem, reportedly after she “attempted to stab them.” The Israeli Police claimed that the child, Samah Zoheir Mubarak, 16, was carrying her schoolbag when she “pulled a knife and attempted to stab the soldiers,” when the officers fired several live rounds at her.

Trump admin to end all USAID projects in West Bank and Gaza by January 31

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on January 31st following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians, Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group, confirmed on Thursday.

UN office: Israeli settler hate crimes against Palestinians rose 69% in 2018

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Last week, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released statistics ahead of the new year that showed a 69 percent increase in settler attacks on Palestinians in 2018 compared to 2017. OCHA recorded 265 incidents in which Israeli residents of the West Bank allegedly targeted Palestinians or their property. In total, 115 Palestinians were injured in those attacks and 7,900 trees and 540 vehicles were destroyed.

The top stories of 2018

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Report: Israeli settler attacks increased by 60% in 2018

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PNN: “According to Israeli information and reports, settler attacks on Palestinians classified as hate crimes have increased by 60%, from the previous year of 2017. Data indicate that, in 2017, there were 79 cases of aggression, but 2018 recorded 127 cases, which means approximately one assault every three days, to include the puncturing of car tires, the uprooting of trees, racist slogans painted on walls, physical assault, killing and assaulting animals.”

‘Thousands of complex gunshot wounds’ to Gaza protesters — report by Doctors Without Borders

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Thousands of people shot by the Israeli army during protests in Gaza this year are overwhelming the Gazan medical system with complex wounds, infections, and disabilities, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. The vast majority of the 3,117 patients treated by MSF from March 30 to October 31 were shot in the legs, with about half suffering open fractures and others suffering severe soft tissue damage.