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  • Palestinian minister dies after reportedly struck by Israeli troops

    PA settlement minister was reportedly struck by Israeli security forces at a protest agains the illegal settlement outpost of Adei Ad in the northern West Bank. Abbas calls the killing a 'barbaric act'; Balad MK calls for immediate commission of inquiry. By Haggai Matar and Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Palestinian Authority Settlement Minister Ziad Abu Ein died following clashes with Israeli security forces near the illegal West Bank outpost of Adei Ad Wednesday. The demonstration was against the illegal outpost and corresponded with a petition filed against it in Israeli court and with International Human Rights Day. Abu Ein was standing face…

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  • PHOTOS: West Bank village of Bil'in stands with Ferguson protesters

    Protesters in the West Bank village of Bil’in carried signs at last Friday’s weekly demonstration with messages of solidarity and support for the ongoing struggle against deadly police violence in the United States. The signs carried slogans used during protests following the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Bil’in has seen a number of its residents killed by the Israeli military in protests against the occupation and theft of its land. Bassem Abu Rahme was killed by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops and his cousin, Jawaher Abu Rahme, died from excessive tear gas inhalation. “We…

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  • Bennett is not the problem

    American administrations have a tendency to blame the 'radical' settlers for torpedoing peace missions. The real problem, however, is with the 'moderates' who are complicit in maintaining the status quo.  There is a lot of talk in some circles about Naftali Bennett’s appearance at the Saban Forum last weekend (video below). Bennett, who heads the Jewish Home party and is the star of the Israeli Right, took to the stage with former special envoy to the peace process Martin Indyk. Bennett essentially declared that Israeli will never accept the two-state solution, that there will be no more “land for peace”…

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  • WATCH: Israeli police let stone-throwing settlers walk away

    Israeli soldiers don't arrest settlers. We know that. But what about Israeli police? A couple of Jewish Israeli settlers were driving in the Israeli-controlled section of Hebron last week — where Palestinians live but only Israelis can drive — when some Palestinian youths threw stones at them, according to human rights organization B'Tselem. The two settlers got out of their car, presumably to try and catch the stone throwers. But when they couldn't catch them, they went after the easiest target they could find: the pair smashed a local market's egg delivery and threw stones at parked Palestinian-owned cars, smashing…

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  • Asylum seekers to stay in prison while Israelis hit the polls

    Human rights organizations pledge to challenge the latest iteration of the Prevention of Infiltration Law; new poll gives Livni and Labor a chance; Arab parties agree in principle to a joint list; High Court to hear Zoabi's challenge to Knesset suspension. Before disbanding itself ahead of elections, the Knesset on Monday passed its third try at a law that would keep open Israel’s detention center for African asylum seekers. The High Court of Justice struck down two previous versions of the law as unconstitutional and ordered the Holot open prison closed nearly three months ago. The law's fate fell into the…

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  • PHOTOS: In West Bank village, Palestinian farmers go against the grain

    For the first time in 14 years the farmers of Salem decided to reach their agricultural lands without permission from Israeli authorities. It wasn't long, however, before Israeli settlers and soldiers came to disturb their work.  Text and Photos: Ahmad al-Bazz / Every December, just after they have finished tilling their soil, Palestinian farmers in the West Bank head back to sow their land. Some of them plant wheat while others sow barley or other kinds of seeds. However, not all Palestinians can do so freely. Farmers who own lands located near Israeli settlements, military camps or settler bypass…

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  • PHOTOS: Following arson, thousands march with integrated J'lem school

    Two first-grade classrooms were targeted by arsonists who left racist graffiti at one of the country's only mixed Jewish-Arab schools. Roughly 2,000 people — students, teachers and parents from “Hand in “Hand” schools from across Israel — marched through the streets of Jerusalem Friday morning to the Max Rayne bilingual school, which was the target of an arson attack last weekend. Many others joined the march in support the school and to speak out against racism, including activists and at least one member of Knesset, Jamal Zahalka of Balad. Last Saturday night, still unidentified arsonists broke into two first-grade classrooms,…

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  • [WATCH] The Druze in Israel: Appropriating identity (part 3)

    According to the mainstream Israeli narrative the Druze population in Israel is loyal to and maintains an alliance with the state, the most famous element of which includes mandatory military service. But is that really the whole story? The third part of this series looks at Druze identity and its variations: from Palestinian to Israeli. Watch parts one ('A history lesson') and two ('Land expropriation') of this series. Related: Druze conscientious objector Omar Sa'ad released from military service Activists show solidarity with latest Druze conscientious objector

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  • Rights groups to Israel's top court: Home demolitions are collective punishment

    Within the legal community, Israel’s High Court and the state attorneys are isolated and alone in thinking that home demolitions are an acceptable practice, the petitioners argue. No date is set for a decision in the case. Demolishing the homes of suspected — or convicted — Palestinian terrorists amounts to collective punishment that in some cases could constitute a grave breach of international law, a group of Israeli human rights organizations argued before the High Court of Justice on Wednesday. The people most affected by home demolitions are the suspect's family members, who have committed no crime themselves. In many cases,…

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  • Netanyahu fires Lapid and Livni, calls for early elections

    Flash polls show Likud and Naftali Bennett's 'Jewish Home' parties as the biggest winners in new elections. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for early elections after firing Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni Tuesday evening. The decision to dismantle the current governing coalition comes amid clashes in the cabinet over a number of controversial laws, ranging from the 'Jewish Nation-State Law' to a proposal to make purchasing a first home easier for army veterans to a law targeting the newspaper owned by Netanyahu's wealthiest and influential benefactor, Sheldon Adelson. Flash polls conducted by Israel's two major television…

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  • Israel's elections: A referendum on Netanyahu

    The coalition is falling apart, and the Knesset is likely to agree on early elections soon. Current polls suggest we are heading toward a fourth Netanyahu government, which will be even more right wing than the current one. Netanyahu’s third government has reached its end. New elections, which seemed likely when the Gaza war ended, are practically inevitable at this point. UPDATE: The Knesset's parties agreed to hold the elections on March 17, 2015. The two central pillars of the government – Netanyahu’s Likud party and Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid (comprising 18 and 19 seats, respectively, out of…

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  • Jerusalem mixed school set on fire in apparent arson attack

    The largest Arab-Jewish educational institution in Israel has been targeted several times in the past. Jerusalem's bilingual Arab-Jewish school was set on fire Saturday night, and hate speech was sprayed on its walls with the messages: "Kahane was right" and "There is no coexistence with cancer." One classroom was totally consumed while another was partially burned, as well as a stack of books. Read also: 'We will overcome': Arson and mourning at J'lem bilingual school Most schools in Israel serve Jews or Arabs separately, in addition to separation between secular and religious students. Mixed schools are the exception and there are…

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