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  • WATCH: Dozens of Palestinian-owned trees uprooted to build separation wall

    Dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees uprooted to complete separation wall that will eventually fully encircle the Bethlehem area.  Text and photos by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org The Israeli Defense Ministry renewed its efforts to build a section of the separation wall in the Bethlehem area this week, sending bulldozers and Border Policemen to uproot dozens of olive trees in Wadi Ahmed, on the outskirts of Beit Jala. The plan is to completely enclose Bethlehem and the surrounding villages — closing all entrances to the area — by the separation wall. Entire areas of the separation wall have yet be built,…

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  • PHOTOS: LGBT activists confront far-right protest in south Tel Aviv

    'We are here to protest those who were a part of the incitement that led to the death at the pride parade in Jerusalem,' says one participant. Text by Oren Ziv, Photos by Oren Ziv and Keren Manor/ Activestills.org Some 50 LGBT activists confronted a right-wing protest in south Tel Aviv where leaders called to condemn the “dictatorship of the High Court,” for a recent decision that may soon allow the release of African asylum seekers from detention. The protest involved some 30 right wing activists and residents of south Tel Aviv who gathered Wednesday night in Levinsky park, a working…

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  • Pride parade stabber found fit to stand trial

    Yishai Shlissel, the ultra-Orthodox man arrested for attacking marchers at Jerusalem's Pride Parade for the second time, has been declared mentally fit to stand trial — again. Yishai Shlissel, the ultra-Orthodox man accused of murdering a teenage girl and injuring five other people in a stabbing attack at the Jerusalem pride parade last month, was declared mentally fit to stand trial on Wednesday. Jerusalem police were expected to charge Shlissel with murder and several counts of attempted murder. Shlissel has refused legal representation, saying that he does not recognize the court because it does not follow the rules of Torah. [tmwinpost] This is the…

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  • Demolishing Palestinian structures is the norm — not the exception

    A sharp increase in demolitions of structures in the West Bank displaces over 120 Palestinians, drawing media attention and a harsh response from the United Nations. Over August 17-18 Israeli authorities demolished around 40 Palestinian structures in the West Bank, displacing over 120 Palestinians. The demolitions were carried out during a record-breaking heat wave that has hit Israel-Palestine over the past week. [tmwinpost] Monday's total of 22 demolitions — in the Ma'ale Adumim area of the West Bank — displaced 78 Palestinians (including 49 children), the highest such number in one day since October 2012. Tuesday saw 17 structures demolished in the…

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  • WATCH: How Palestinian land becomes an Israeli national park

    Issawiya, a crowded Palestinian village situated on the slopes of Jerusalem's Mount Scopus, is home to 23,000 people. The municipality is planning to build a national park atop land belonging to the village, rather than building schools and infrastructure that would benefit its residents. The Palestinian residents of the village aren't taking the decision lying down.

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  • Exclusive: Despite dangers, Israel sending asylum seekers to home countries

    For the first time, new statistics reveal that nearly 4,600 Sudanese and 1,000 Eritreans were sent back to their countries of origin, possibly against international law. Israel's Interior Ministry claims they are returning 'voluntarily.'  A +972 Magazine exclusive. By Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Israel has been sending thousands of African asylum seekers back to their home countries as part of a plan for "voluntary return." According to new statistics, which are being published here for the first time, most of the returnees have been sent back to their countries of origin — Sudan and Eritrea — rather than "third countries,"…

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  • Israel proposes deportation of Palestinian hunger striker

    While petitioners argued that Mohammad Allan, now on his 64th day of a hunger strike, currently poses no risk to security, the state only agreed to his release on the condition that he live outside of the country for four years. The Supreme Court held a hearing on Monday to consider demands to release Mohammad Allan, a Palestinian detainee who since Friday has been in a coma at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon as a result of a 64-day hunger strike. While the state rejected the petitions to drop the administrative detention orders, it said it would be willing to release Allan…

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  • PHOTOS: Hundreds clash with police at protest for Palestinian hunger striker

    'Today we saw police brutality,' says a participant at protest for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Allan in Ashkelon. 'They used severe violence against us, as they let the right-wing protesters attack us.' Text by Rami Younis, Photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Hundreds of Palestinians protested in Ashkelon Sunday night for the release of hunger striker Mohammad Allan, a Palestinian prisoner who has not eaten for more than 60 days in resistance of his administrative detention, a controversial practice which denies the standard rights to trial and to knowledge of charges against the suspect. The protesters arrived in four buses from Jerusalem, Jaffa…

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  • Arab-American comedians turn hardships into gags at West Bank festival

    Thousands of Palestinians flock to Bethlehem, Ramallah and Jerusalem for the 1001 Laughs comedy festival where serious topics such as identity, stereotypes and the difficulty of air travel turned into comedy gold. On Friday afternoon Mo Amer stood under two looming globe-shaped light fixtures pouring heat over a makeshift stage at a Bethlehem hotel. The white-sleeved chairs in the modest ballroom were all taken and people stood in the back. Air from mobile units reached no one. With a few comic complaints and melodramatic forehead wiping, Mo plowed on, leaning in to say: “we Arabs, we don’t need doctors. We…

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  • PHOTOS: Gaza and Hebron go head-to-head in Palestine's soccer championship

    Gaza's Ittihad Shejaiya traveled to Hebron's Hussein Bin Ali Stadium on Friday night for the first Palestine Cup since 2000. But due to Israel's harsh restrictions on Palestinian movement, the match almost didn't happen. Text by Yoni Mendel, photos by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org In front of 11,000 fans, and for the first time in 15 years, the top teams from Gaza and the West Bank met to determine Palestine's soccer champion in the Palestine Cup on Friday night in Hebron's Hussein Bin Ali Stadium. Hebron's Al-Ahly defeated Gaza's Ittihad Shejaia 2-1, with Ahmed Maher scoring the winning goal in…

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  • The IDF's new tool for tracking Palestinian protesters: Drones

    What has four propellors and a camera? Participants in the weekly protests against the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bil'in were surprised Friday to find that the army was using a new tool to put down the demonstrations. For the first time, a small drone equipped with four propellors and a camera hovered above the protesters as they marched toward the wall and chanted slogans. I asked the IDF Spokesperson's Unit what the purpose of the drone was; I have yet to receive a response. The camera can be used for a number of purposes, although in…

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  • Palestinian prisoner in coma after 60 day hunger strike

    Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan, who has been on hunger strike for two months, fell into a coma Friday morning and was placed on a respirator after his health significantly deteriorated overnight. Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan, who has been on hunger strike for 60 days, fell into a coma Friday morning and was placed on a respirator after his health significantly deteriorated overnight, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said. Israel has said that it may use the controversial practice of force-feeding if his death appears to be imminent, though Allan is reported to be in stable condition. Allan, 31, allegedly a member…

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  • Bedouin tent burned in alleged 'price tag' attack

    A tent belonging to a Bedouin in the West Bank was torched in an apparent 'revenge' attack. By +972 Magazine Staff A Bedouin tent was burned Wednesday night in Ain Samiya, in the West Bank, in a suspected attack by the "price tag" movement, a group of pro-settler Israelis who vow that for every time the government seeks to curb settlement expansion it will exact a "price" by attacking Palestinian properties or persons. The tent was not occupied at the time, and only contained food that was intended for the Bedouin owner's herds, according to the human rights NGO Rabbis…

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