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  • In the Israeli media, a soldier trying to arrest a minor is the victim

    After viral video emerged of a soldier attempting to arrest a Palestinian boy, the Israeli press presents the official army version rather than the accounts of the villagers who saw it all happen. By Leehee Rothschild https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvJNYjzm9jk At the weekly demonstration at the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh last Friday a masked soldier tried to arrest 12-year-old Mohammad Tamimi. Mohammad’s arm had been broken and in a cast since the beginning of that week, when soldiers entered the village in a separate incident. His sister, Ahed, his mother, Nariman, and another Palestinian woman eventually prevented the event. His sister and his mother,…

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  • Why no one is talking about the two Israelis missing in Gaza

    Eleven months after the disappearance of two Israeli citizens into Gaza, it seems as if the public has simply forgotten all about them. By Anat Yurovsky In early July, the Israeli press reported that two Israeli citizens, Avera Mengistu and a Bedouin whose name has not been released for publication, are being held in Gaza, likely under Hamas captivity. The press followed the story for a number of days, along with a bit of criticism against Prime Minister Netanyahu. And then—silence. The Israeli public has quickly moved on to other things, and I’d like to understand why. I believe that a…

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  • 'What’s the number of your room, child?'

    Attacking and imprisoning Palestinian children has shaped Palestinian generations for decades. The more rights-deprived the childhood, the more hungry for freedom adulthood will be. By Sawsan Khalife' In this video, an Israeli soldier is seen chasing a Palestinian child with a broken arm during the weekly demonstration held in Nabi Saleh in the West Bank. The soldier holds him by the neck and pushes his face into the stones while the boy's mother and sister, along with other Palestinian demonstrators, try to pull him away. It is always painful to see such images, but not surprising. According to Defense for Children…

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  • WATCH: Palestinian women and children prevent arrest of minor in Nabi Saleh

    An Israeli soldier attempts to detain a 12-year-old Palestinian boy during a demonstration in the West Bank village. His mother and sister make sure that doesn't happen. See update below. The weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh took a particularly violent turn on Friday after an Israeli soldier tried to detain 12-year-old Mohammed Tamimi, leading to a fierce scuffle with his mother, sister and aunt. Eventually the soldier was led away by another soldier. The incident was captured on video by Bilal Tamimi, a local Palestinian journalist. The soldier can be seen running down a hill chasing Mohammed, who…

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  • Why a pro-settler group wants to talk about ISIS

    An Israeli group working in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan is presenting ISIS destruction of antiquities as a cautionary tale for its own struggle with Palestinians. By Yonathan Mizrachi A group that manages the City of David's archaeological site in the heart of the village of Silwan in East Jerusalem, the "Elad Foundation in the City of David," is holding its annual archeology conference, entitled "ISIS: Is it possible to stop the destruction?" It will deal in part with the destruction of antiquities in Iraq and Syria. That the so-called ISIS group is destroying ancient ruins is indisputable. The organization documents…

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  • Settlers take over East Jerusalem home in the dead of night

    In the latest of a number of home takeovers in Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, settlers took up residence in a home they said belonged to Jews before the establishment of the state of Israel. A group of Israeli settlers moved into an apartment building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Thursday. The group of at least 20 belongs to the Ateret Cohanim settler organization, which purchases properties in neighborhoods of East Jerusalem and has taken legal action in order to evict the Palestinian owners of those buildings. In this latest case, it claimed that the white stone,…

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  • PHOTOS: Construction for Jewish town to replace Bedouin village draws ire

    Israel is moving forward with a controversial plan to outright replace a Bedouin village with a Jewish town in the Negev/Naqab. About 200 Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel took part in a demonstration on Thursday in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in southern Israel, where the state plans to destroy the village and replace it with a new Jewish town called ‘Hiran.’ The protestors chanted slogans, such as, “No to demolitions,” and “No to racism,” and some took to social media to share images and posts under the hashtag #Save_UmAlHiran. A number of members of the Knesset Joint…

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  • WATCH: Israeli, Palestinian women 'fast for peace'

    To mark the anniversary of last summer's Gaza war, a group of Jewish and Palestinian women from the "Women Wage Peace" movement launched a "protest fast" in a tent outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem. The women have been criticized for choosing to present themselves as part of a political movement. However, the group believes that one cannot talk about "peace" without occupation, and cannot demand peace negotiations without recognizing the right of another nation to live here.

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  • The IDF presents: Looting West Bank homes under the guise of a search

    In the West Bank, IDF soldiers have in numerous instances burst into a Palestinian house, wreaked havoc, and disappeared with the money and the gold. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz The place: the West Bank village of Kalil. The time: 1:30 a.m., the beginning of June 2015. Athmad Aziz Shakhada Mansour, a social activist and a member of the village council, wakes up from a noise she has become accustomed to: violent knocking on the front door of the house. She instructs her husband to secure the money and gold the family holds for the wedding of their son…

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  • PHOTOS: The Gaza families obliterated in just 51 days

    Out of the 2,200 Palestinians killed in last summer's assault on the Gaza Strip, over 80 percent were civilians. Nearly 150 families lost three or more relatives, with some families disappearing entirely. Activestills' Anne Paq returns to Gaza to tell the story behind the numbers. Photography: Anne Paq / Activestills.org, Editing: Shiraz Grinbaum / Activestills.org “Time will reduce the pain, but we will not forget our brothers”, told me 18-year-old Ibrahim Al Khalili in the midst of the burned ruins of the family factory, when I visited them in November 2014. The entire immediate families of Ibrahim's brothers, Ashraf and Ahmed, were killed:…

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  • Israel's new police chief: Architect of segregated West Bank roads

    Three things to know about Gal Hirsch, Israel's incoming police chief who has supported segregated roads and the shooting of a Palestinian youth. 1. During the Second Intifada, following a number of sniping and fire bomb attacks by Palestinians on Israeli cars, incoming police chief Gal Hirsch banned Palestinians from traveling on Route 443, turning it into a road for Israelis only. This despite the fact that the road was built on private and public Palestinian land, and with the understanding that Israel would see the road as a way to serve local Palestinian residents. This also created a situation…

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  • PHOTOS: Hundreds of asylum seekers released from Holot — with nowhere to go

    Approximately 600 African asylum seekers were released from Holot on Tuesday morning, following a High Court ruling. But their ban from entering Tel Aviv or Eilat — where much of their community lives — left them feeling helpless and confused. By Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Hassan, a Sudanese asylum seeker, looks on as he stands outside Holot detention center, where he has been held for the past 20 months. Tuesday was supposed to be a happy day for him — the day he was being released following a High Court ruling two weeks ago. But the decision by Interior Minister…

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  • Voices without borders: Four young writers from Gaza tell their story

    Young Gazans are finally getting an opportunity to present themselves to the world in their own words. +972 speaks to some of the participants in the 'We Are Not Numbers' writing project about hope, love, war and, of course, writing. “…and then you would think that whole years would go by, and you would still come to look through the cracks in the fence and would see the same ramparts, the same sentries and the same little corner of sky, not the sky above the prison but another sky, distant and free.” - Fyordor Dostoyevsky ------------------------- Just over a year…

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