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  • Court says Palestinian poet won't be released from house arrest

    Dareen Tatour, who was arrested and jailed for publishing a poem on Facebook, will remain under house arrest, preventing her from working or leading a normal life. By Yoav Haifawi The media calm in recent months could have fooled the casual reader into thinking that the trial of Dareen Tatour for her poetry has already ended. After all, how much can abuse can the poet face for one poem and two statuses on Facebook? [tmwinpost] The silence is misleading. More than two years and two months after her arrest in October 2015, Tatour’s trial drags on languidly in the Nazareth…

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  • Absent in the clamor about Jerusalem are the Palestinians of Jerusalem

    In Arab capitals speculation turns to panic about Trump's expected reversal of policy on Jerusalem. Meanwhile, nobody seems to be talking about — or to — the Palestinians of Jerusalem, whose daily reality of occupation will remain irrespective of what comes next. Speculation was rife on Tuesday that the U.S. president would soon break with the international consensus on Jerusalem, formally acknowledging it as Israel's capital. Whether that acknowledgement would come in the form of a speech, a directive to move the U.S. embassy there, or both remained unclear as of this writing, but the prospect of such a dramatic…

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  • Why Trump won't move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

    The city is a tinderbox, and no one wants to set off a fatal spark. A prominent Israeli journalist tweeted on Wednesday that Netanyahu’s government expects the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “perhaps as early as Sunday.” Dana Weiss, the chief political analyst for Channel 2 News and the anchor of her own prime time weekly television magazine program, also wrote that her sources had told her the U.S. would announce plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem. According to the information she shared, the impetus for this move came on the back of pressure from Trump’s Christian…

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  • WATCH: Israeli police arrest, rough up Activestills photojournalist

    Journalists were standing off to the side of a mass prayer action that devolved into light clashes when police charged at them, singling out Faiz Abu Rmeleh, later beating and harassing him, he says. By Oren Ziv and Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Israeli police roughed up and detained Activestills photojournalist Faiz Abu Rmeleh Tuesday night while he was covering a mass prayer at the Lions' Gate of the Old City in Jerusalem. The incident is one of many in recent days in which Israeli, Palestinian and foreign press have accused police of restricting their access and in some cases assaulting them.…

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  • How the world missed a week of Palestinian civil disobedience

    The violence of the past week, and the media’s coverage of the bloodletting, erased a central aspect of the story: Palestinian mass civil disobedience. For many Israelis, the violence over the past few weeks around the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif is little more than a result of Muslim intransigence in the face of legitimate Israeli security concerns. This, after all, has been the major talking point among both the Israeli leadership as well as the media. For Palestinians, on the other hand, the metal detectors erected last week by Israeli authorities at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa compound sparked outrage and protests. [tmwinpost] That…

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  • Senior Israeli gov’t minister warns Palestinians of ‘third Nakba’

    Tzachi Hanegbi, a close ally of Netanyahu, threatens Palestinians with ethnic cleansing in response to the latest round of violence. A senior minister in the Israeli government and a close ally of Prime Minister Netanyahu warned the Palestinian people over the weekend of mass expulsion and ethnic cleansing if they don’t put an end to the current round of violence. [tmwinpost] "Remember 1948” and “remember 1967,” Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi wrote in a statement posted to Facebook on Saturday, responding to the murder of three Israeli civilians inside their home in the West Bank settlement of Halamish the night before.…

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  • Why the metal detectors at Al-Aqsa are such a big deal

    Palestinians aren't against security measures at the Al-Aqsa compound — they are against changing the delicate status quo at one of Islam's holiest sites. By Noa Levy Why are the Palestinians up in arms over metal detectors at the entrance to Al-Aqsa? Let me assume for a moment that most of you, like me, don't get what the big deal is. After all, there are metal detectors at the entrance to every mall, train station, and even the Western Wall and the holy sites in Mecca. Islam forbids bringing in weapons to the holy Al-Aqsa compound, and the metal detectors are…

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  • Rewriting the history of Hanukkah and intifadas

    In Hanukkah, we tell the story of a small, powerless people who, with religious zeal and courage, led a bloody guerrilla campaign against an occupying force and corrupt elite to assert control over the Temple Mount. By Yossi Bartal On Christmas Eve, Jews around the world began celebrating the eight-day Hanukkah festival. Family and friends will gather every evening before the hanukkiah, the nine-pronged candlestick, reciting a short prayer and lighting its candles. Each day, another candle is lit until the hanukkiah radiates in its full splendor on the last day. While the festival is very popular, it is, religiously…

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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 incitement Netanyahu doesn't want to talk about

    The Israeli prime minister casts blame on Arab MKs and long-dead clerics but won't talk about the messianic incitement coming from his own government. And forget about a discussion on the occupation's role in inciting violence. Member of Knesset Basel Ghattas entered the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount on Monday in direct contradiction of instructions from Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister barred all MKs from entering the compound earlier this month in hopes of preventing provocations that are fanning the flames of violence that swept through Israel and Palestine over the past month. [tmwinpost] The provocations Netanyahu was hoping to prevent,…

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  • Jerusalem: Between killing and crying

    Calling the current events in Israel-Palestine a 'cycle of violence' is a misnomer — it is a cycle of rage, of which violence is just one part. In the middle of a recent conversation with a university lecturer, I mention an incident I witnessed while photographing a demonstration in the West Bank a few weeks earlier. I recount seeing a Palestinian teenager sobbing while watching her (unarmed, peaceful) father being hauled away by members of the Border Police, his hand reaching back towards her in desperation. Recalling my feelings of despair and fury at what I saw, I confide to the…

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  • The only thing scarier than terror is the leadership vacuum

    Israelis need to realize that neither Abbas nor the PA, nor Hamas are responsible for Israelis' security. Israeli leaders are — and they are failing miserably. The sense of terror and anxiety has become palpable everywhere. The fear is visceral. The consistent flow of news alerts and bloody videos informing of another attack and another attack is paralyzing. I'm practically living inside my Twitter feed, looking on in horror at the events. The Palestinians going out to stab Israelis every day — many of them teenagers — are on veritable suicide missions. It's like there's a zombie movie happening on…

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  • IDF kills 6 Gazans, wounds over 130 as violence spreads

    As violence continues to sweep across Israel-Palestine on Friday, protests in Gaza along the border fence turn lethal when IDF units open fire on demonstrators in the besieged territory. At least 14 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed since the wave of violence began. At least six Palestinians were killed and more than 130 wounded during protests along the border of the Gaza Strip on Friday, as violence and unrest continued to sweep Israel-Palestine. Widespread demonstrations had been expected following Hamas' call for a "day of rage" in response to the killing and wounding of Palestinians by Israeli security forces,…

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