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  • An assault on civil rights in the name of equality

    In response to 'Jewish' terrorism Israeli authorities are taking some of the worst tools used against Palestinians and applying them to everyone. Thus Israel-Palestine went from a place where half the population is denied basic rights to a place where anybody — Jew and Arab alike — can lose them at any time. The problem with anti-terror laws is that they are always legislated in the wake of unimaginably horrifying terror attacks.  In one such attack last week, extremist Jewish settlers attempted to burn an entire Palestinian family alive in their sleep, and succeeded in murdering a small baby. On…

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  • 'Why did they burn a baby alive? What did he do?'

    Hours after the terrorist attack that took the life of Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabshe, relatives and friends are still trying to make sense of what happened in the early hours of Friday morning. Text and photos by Oren Ziv / In the hours of the morning, the road leading from Nablus and the nearby settlements to the West Bank village of Duma is empty. Generally, when Palestinians attack Jewish settlers, the army hermetically seals the roads and raids the neighboring villages. Things are different this time around. Inside Duma, dozens gather around the two homes that were set…

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  • Palestinian baby burned to death in West Bank arson attack

    Photos by Ahmad Al-Bazz, Oren Ziv / A one-and-a-half year old Palestinian baby was burned to death Friday morning in the West Bank village of Duma in an attack on his family's home allegedly by Israeli settlers. According to reports, two masked men arrived at two homes in Duma, near Nablus. They spray painted the words "revenge" and "long live the Messiah" in Hebrew, broke the windows of the homes and threw two firebombs inside. The attack killed Ali Saad Dawabsha, and wounded both his parents and four-year-old brother. According to Ma'an News Agency, the homes were located near the main…

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  • When setting fire to a bilingual school is no longer 'racist'

    The three teens who set fire to the Jerusalem bilingual school in November have one less thing to worry about: according to the state, their actions are no longer considered racist. Nearly five months after Jewish extremists set fire to first-grade classrooms in Jerusalem's Max Rayne Hand in Hand school, the prosecution has reached a plea bargain with two of the three suspects — brothers Nahman and Shlomo Twito — which would remove the clause stating the arson was racially-motivated. [tmwinpost] I must admit that beyond the anger and frustration, this piece of news caused me to laugh at my…

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  • ‘Price tag’ settler argues in court that revenge isn’t a crime

    You would think that sentencing a group of Israelis for setting fire to a Palestinian cafe is a positive development. But a closer look shows that the culture of minimizing the seriousness of price tag attacks is alive and strong.  Were people's lives and livelihoods not at stake, it would have been an almost sublime piece of parody. During the trial of four teenage Israeli settlers who set fire to a Palestinian-owned cafe in the West Bank town of Dura, which concluded on Monday, the defendants' attorneys - as reported by Ynet - brought forth the claim that because the arson was…

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  • 'We will overcome': Arson and mourning at Jerusalem's bilingual school

    The mixed Jewish-Arab school has been the target of racist attacks in the past, but for the parents, students and teachers of the 'Hand in Hand' school, this feels different. 'This time, the fire was ignited inside our home.' The timing couldn’t have been more “perfect”: while I was still at a demonstration against the “Jewish Nation-State Law” outside the Prime Minister’s Office, I got a message saying that the bilingual school was set on fire. Here we were demonstrating against political arson, and not too far away someone is already doing it with gasoline and matches. This time, the…

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  • West Bank mosque set ablaze in suspected settler attack

    The olive harvest is historically a period when settler violence against Palestinians and their trees increase. The name of a local settlement from which two youths were arrested last week is spray painted onto the mosque's wall. A West Bank mosque was set on fire and vandalized early Tuesday morning in what on the surface appeared to be a hate crime attack by Jewish settlers. A local Palestinian official, Hamza Dereya, said that Israeli settlers entered the village of Aqraba before dawn, according to official Palestinian news agency WAFA. The vandals set fire to the village’s mosque and spray painted…

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  • Palestinian family targeted by arson in 'revenge' for murder of Israeli

    A 16-year-old Palestinian stabs a 19-year-old Israeli soldier to death in his sleep. That night, a completely unconnected Palestinian family's home is set alight while they sleep, in revenge for the murder. A Palestinian home in the West Bank village Sinjil was firebombed early Thursday morning in an apparent revenge attack for the murder of an Israeli soldier yesterday by a Palestinian teenager. Seven family members were inside at the time. Graffiti left on the house read, "Regards from Eden, Revenge." There is no known connection between the Khalil family and the family of the alleged murderer from Jenin. On Wednesday, Hussein…

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  • Suspect in arson of asylum seeker homes reaches plea deal with no jail time

    Haim Mula, a resident of the Shapira neighborhood in south Tel Aviv who was arrested last April in connection with the nighttime arson attack of several African asylum seeker homes and one kindergarten in his neighborhood, has signed a plea bargain that exempts him from jail time. Mula, 20, was originally accused of committing the attacks himself, admitted only to having prepared the firebombs for the actual arsonist, an offense for which he is expected to receive only a few months of community service and no jail time. It will be up to the court whether to approve this fairly…

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  • African couple hospitalized after apparent arson attack

    The apartment of an Eritrean couple in Jerusalem went up in flames last night, in what looks like another arson attack. Haaretz reports that at around 3 a.m., the man and the woman, who is seven months pregnant, awoke and tried to stamp out the fire with their feet. There are times when events are so horrible, it's hard to find any words and easy to feel paralyzed with misery. *** The Hebrew Haaretz story adds that the 32-year old man suffered second-degree burns over 20 percent of his body. And because of the woman's advanced pregnancy, both will be…

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  • Major Negev NGO offices burned down over the weekend

    Security cameras captured a masked assailant set fire to the offices of one of the most important NGOs in the Negev, hours before a major protest for the rights of the Bedouins. The Beer Sheva offices of the Arab-Jewish Centre for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation (AJEEC), were gutted by fire over the weekend, just hours before a major demonstration against the Israeli government's plan to resettle tens of thousands of Bedouin residents of the Negev. Luckily, the offices  were closed at the time and no one was hurt.  The current suspicion is arson, as there had been an attempt to…

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