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  • Driving while Palestinian, across the Green Line

    The very nomenclature of ’48 Palestinians and ’67 Palestinians shows how the Nakba remains at the root of Palestinian fragmentation. Roads function as a prime instrument of separation between the two. By Amahl Bishara Israeli policies preventing Palestinians from entering Israel and limiting Palestinian movement within the occupied territories have shaped Palestinian society, and the economy and politics in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for decades. What Israel terms “closure” is made material not only in checkpoints and roadblocks but also in the green license plates of cars registered to holders of Palestinian Authority identity cards (’67 Palestinians). However, less often explored are…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinians hold pray-in to protest road closures

    Palestinian residents of a village cut off by Israeli military closures hold prayer services at the roadblock to protest. Photos and text : Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills Tens of Palestinian residents of the village of Betia, south of Nablus, moved their Friday noon prayer from mosques to in front of Israeli dirt mounds that block the main entrance of their town, to protest an Israeli closure that was in its fifth day. The Israeli military roadblocks are unmanned, and entirely block Palestinian residents from using their vehicles on the main roads leading in and out of their villages. Palestinian protesters condemned what they consider to be…

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  • Watching your son's killers walk free

    This is the story of a Palestinian father whose son was shot in the back by two Israeli soldiers. In the bizarre reality of occupation, he is the one who must ask permission from the wardens while his son's killers walk free. What took place at the Ramle Magistrate's Court on Thursday morning was beyond bizarre. Every encounter between a grieving family and those who killed their child is, without a doubt, terrible — but they usually look different than what I witnessed. Most of these meetings take place in district courts. Usually the ones who killed the child are brought to court house from prison,…

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  • How police killed a Palestinian man, tried to blame his cousin

    A Jerusalem court rejects police attempt to place the blame for their own bullets elsewhere, but it's not the first time they've tried — or succeeded at doing so. By John Brown* On the night between Sunday and Monday of last week, Israeli Border Police officers shot and killed Mustafa Nimer, a resident of Ramat Gan, in Jerusalem's Shuafat refugee camp. While the police officers initially claimed that the driver, Ali Nimr — Mustafa's cousin — had tried to attack them, a video of the shooting that surfaced on Tuesday revealed that the officers continued to fire even after the vehicle came to a complete stop and…

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  • The night that rekindled my faith in two states

    They said the two-state solution is no longer relevant, that we cannot evacuate settlements, that there is 'no partner for peace.' Then I heard Iyad speak to a group of Israelis in a Tel Aviv bar. By Yael Burstein Neither of us could hide our excitement as he stood up to speak before a crowd of over 120 young Israelis in a Tel Aviv bar. While in his childhood Iyad Othmani was forced to wait for hours at checkpoints, while soldiers made sure over and over again that he could cross to go to school, on this night — he was…

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  • A creative Palestinian answer to Israeli checkpoints

    The Israeli army has placed barricades at the entrances to Palestinian villages and towns in recent weeks. One crane operator figured out a way to help out stranded motorists. The Israel army has been utilizing collective punishment against entire Palestinian cities and villages in recent months as a response to a wave of attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. [tmwinpost] One of the most common tactics, in addition to demolishing attackers’ families’ homes, is to seal off entire villages for a few days or longer after an attack. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been at various times over the…

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  • [VIDEO] Not an occupation? Whatever it is, it's disgusting

    Black-clad mounted Border Police galloping into and nearly trampling a crowd of unarmed civilians, old men and women lucky enough to meet the army's criteria to pray in Jerusalem mutely line up to pass through what look like cattle lanes. Notes on one scene of ugliness and occupation. Today, on the last Friday of Ramadan, thousands of Palestinians who live on the 'wrong' side of Israel's West Bank barrier queued up at Qalandiya Checkpoint near Jerusalem, waiting for hours under the relentless Levantine sun, in temperatures that soared above 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Farenheit) for an opportunity to attend…

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  • The source of Palestinian incitement

    Israelis are right, there is dangerous incitement among Palestinians. Here's what they can do to fight it. The controversy over the Hebron shooter is the gift that keeps on giving. By Saturday, we have already stood to learn that the star of last week's show will not be charged with murder, that a large part of the Israeli public views him as a national hero, and that municipalities will not hesitate to spend taxpayer money on organizing events in support of anyone who shoots a wounded Arab in the head. Lately, we have also geared witnessed to Israelis explaining that…

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  • PHOTOS: Thousands take part in Palestine Marathon for free movement

    Israel denies permits to over 100 runners from Gaza. ’Freedom of movement is not only a right in itself, but is essential for the enjoyment of many other human rights,’ the United Nations says of the fourth annual marathon. Photos by Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills.org Text by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Thousands of Palestinian and international runners from 64 countries participated in the fourth annual Palestine Marathon in the West Bank city of Bethlehem Friday morning. The run was held under the banner of the right to freedom of movement, a theme that was accented by Israel’s concrete separation wall along which much of…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinian teachers shut down Ramallah

    Palestinian teachers in the West Bank have been on strike for the past month — yet neither the Palestinian nor Israeli media seem to care. Photos and text: Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Nearly 10,000 Palestinian teachers demonstrated in Ramallah for better working conditions Monday, the largest such demonstration the West Bank has seen since the anti-Gaza war protests in 2014. Protesters gathered in front of the local government offices and marched to Manara Square in central Ramallah through the city's main thoroughfares while chanting "They won't be able to break our teachers." The protest took place on the fourth week…

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  • ‘They’re fighting ordinary people who want to live ordinary lives’

    Two taxi rides gave a small glimpse into some of the daily realities of Jerusalem's Palestinian residents — ordinary people forced to live in unordinary circumstances. “These houses were once neighbors,” says Naseem, a Palestinian taxi driver, as we drive through the neighborhood of Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem. He points to the separation wall to our right, jammed between homes that were mere meters away from each other. “These people are even from the same families. Now they have to walk or drive around the wall and through a checkpoint, just so they can visit one another.” [tmwinpost] Naseem,…

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  • WATCH: How a single checkpoint affects an entire neighborhood

    Ever since the eruption of the latest round of violence, the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya has been essentially blocked off from the rest of the city by a single checkpoint. Dozens of residents, along with students from Hebrew University and members of Knesset, held a demonstration calling to open the checkpoint and end the collective punishment of 16,000 people. Read more on the situation in Jerusalem: ‘East Jerusalem youth no longer distinguish between life and death’ Jerusalem becoming mini-police state and ghost capital

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  • WATCH: Barbecue at the checkpoint? Why not

    Following a wave of stabbing attacks in Jerusalem, Israeli security forces erected checkpoints and barriers at the entrance to many of the city's Palestinian neighborhoods, causing untold hardship to the vast majority of residents who had nothing to do with the violence. How would you feel if you found infantry officers holding a barbecue at the checkpoint sealing to your neighborhood? Read more on the situation in Jerusalem: 'East Jerusalem youth no longer distinguish between life and death' Jerusalem becoming mini-police state and ghost capital

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