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    • A state that belongs to only some of its citizens

      According to the proposed 'Jewish Nation-State Law,' Israel does not belong to Israeli citizens, more than 20 percent of whom are not Jewish. Instead, it is the state of the Jewish people, roughly half of whom are not even Israeli. There is a form on the Israeli Interior Ministry’s website, where one can order duplicate and translated copies of a birth certificate. On that form is a drop-down menu, above which it is written: “Nationality.” [tmwinpost] In that drop-down menu you will find a list of nationalities which — if one were to attempt to deduce from it how Israel…

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    • The road from Qaddum to Nablus: Seven years of protests

      For the past seven years, the Palestinian residents of Qaddum have been protesting the Israeli army's closure of their main access road to Nablus, the nearest West Bank city. Why was the road closed and how does it affect the residents? A visit to the village of Qaddum, and the neighboring settlement of Kedumim.  

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    • Irish senate passes sanctions on Israeli settlements

      The law, which still needs to go through the lower house and be signed by the president, would criminalize the import and sale of goods and services that originate in settlements in occupied territories, targeting Israeli settlements but also other occupations worldwide. The vote had been shelved earlier this year after objections by Israel. The Irish Senate passed a bill on Wednesday to prohibit trade with illegal settlements in occupied territories, including those in the West Bank. In contrast to policies and legislation that differentiate Israeli settlements and excludes them from trade agreements, the Irish bill could be construed as actual…

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    • The West Bank villages under threat no one is talking about

      While the media focused on Khan al-Ahmar's nonviolent struggle against its destruction, Israeli authorities demolished 12 structures in a nearby Bedouin community, laying the groundwork for further evictions.  Israel is fighting a war of attrition against the Bedouin villages east of Jerusalem. And yet, despite the looming threat of wholesale demolition and eviction, the villagers can finally breathe easy, after the High Court of Justice night froze the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar until July 16. This, of course, is far from a victory; ever since the same court gave the green light to the demolition in May, the villagers have been counting the days until their expulsion. [tmwinpost]…

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    • The Gaza siege isn't about security. It's collective punishment, pure and simple

      Israel shut down Gaza's ability to conduct trade because of flaming balloons and kites that Palestinians have been floating over the border. There is no security justification, just collective punishment. Israeli authorities often claim that the siege on Gaza is about security. Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups must not be allowed to import weapons or materials to build weapons, they say. It is a necessary measure. It’s about security. That is partly true, sometimes. That is, except when it’s not. [tmwinpost] The Israeli political leadership announced this week that it is cshutting down Gaza’s only commercial connection to the…

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    • As Israel prepares to demolish Bedouin school, activists lay out backpacks for each student

      As Israeli authorities prepare to demolish Khan al-Ahmar's school, a group of activists lay backpacks outside Israel's Supreme Court — one for each student who may soon find himself without a place to learn.  A group of Israeli and foreign Jewish activists laid 174 backpacks outside Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem on Tuesday morning as a protest against the impending demolition of the entire village of Khan al-Ahmar, including its school. Each backpack, say the activists, was meant to represent a student who studies at the "tire school" and will be left without a place to learn. [tmwinpost] The action,…

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    • The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar is more than just a war crime

      While the imminent destruction of Khan al-Ahmar is an utmost humanitarian concern and quite possibly a war crime, many are overlooking the strategic importance of this tiny hamlet for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The residents of Khan al-Ahmar have spent the past several weeks waiting for Israeli bulldozers to arrive to demolish their entire village and forcibly displace all 170 people who live there, a move that human rights organizations and some European governments say would constitute a war crime. [tmwinpost] But while the humanitarian situation and legality of the demolition and displacement are of great concern, much of the media coverage…

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    • How one of Palestine's preeminent journalists lost hope for peace

      Nasser Laham, the editor-in-chief of Palestine's biggest independent media outlet, used to be an ardent supporter Abbas and the peace process. But after decades of failed attempts, something inside him changed. Today he believes Palestinians must stop talking about peace. 'We'll wait a thousand years, the Israelis will be defeated. What's the hurry?' By Meron Rapoport You won’t find a Palestinian journalist who understands Israel and the Israelis like Nasser Laham. He took advantage of the Hebrew he learned while serving time in prison to become the most prominent commentator on Israeli affairs in the Palestinian media, hosting a popular daily television show that…

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