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  • Israel is making it impossible for foreign nationals to live in the West Bank

    The new policy has devastating consequences, not only on family life in the occupied territories, but also for the Palestinian economy. By Yotam Ben-Hillel Over the past year and a half, Israel has pursued a policy which aims to keep foreign nationals out of the West Bank. This policy affects everyone: partners of Palestinian residents of the West Bank, parents of children who are West Bank residents, and people who have been working in the occupied territories for many years. It is being implemented by the Civil Administration in the settlement of Beit El, a body that operates under the command of…

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  • Military dictatorship requires dehumanization

    A top military official dubiously declares that a Palestinian teen shot in the head by Israeli soldiers actually just had a bicycle accident. Welcome to a new era of Palestinian dehumanization. The evidence was there for all to see. Anyone who wanted to know why 15-year-old Mohammed Tamimi, Ahed Tamimi’s cousin, has only two-thirds of his skull intact could find the answer. There was the bloodied rubber-coated bullet doctors removed from his cranium. There were the eyewitnesses who saw Tamimi as he was shot in the head during a demonstration in his village, Nabi Saleh. There were the medical reports…

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  • The IDF spreads a lie and the Israeli press plays along

    Facts show that Mohammed Tamimi was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers. But the facts were not enough for the Israeli army, or the journalists who toe the government line. Let's start with the facts. On December 15, 2017, 15-year-old Mohammed Tamimi sustained a severe head wound during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Like most Fridays in Nabi Saleh, demonstrators headed toward the village's spring, which Israeli settlers took over a number of years ago. The Israeli soldiers who came to suppress the protest that day did not make do with just protecting the…

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  • Israel cannot evade responsibility for the catastrophe in Gaza

    A top Israeli news correspondent argues that Israel must form an international coalition to take over Gaza and overthrow Hamas. This concept leaves out decades of Israel’s conduct, which has had very little to do with security and a whole lot to do with punishing Gaza’s residents. By Amir Rotem In his recent column in Yedioth Ahronoth, Channel 10’s chief international correspondent Nadav Eyal suggests a solution to the challenge presented by Gaza. He calls for international mobilization to seize control of the Gaza Strip in order to overthrow Hamas (“in one way or another”), all under the laundered definition of a “humanitarian intervention.” By…

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  • Rights groups demand IDF allow rescue teams into Gaza tunnel

    The Israeli army is preventing search and rescue teams from entering the Gaza buffer zone to retrieve the bodies of Palestinian militants. Rights groups: 'There is no way to justify the severe and intolerable harm to the lives and dignity of the trapped individuals.' By +972 Magazine Staff Rights groups are demanding that the Israeli military allow search and rescue teams access to an Israeli-imposed no-mans-land along the Gaza border to rescue Palestinian militants trapped in a tunnel destroyed by Israel earlier this week. Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and the Gaza-based Al Mezan Center…

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  • IDF using Facebook to threaten to destroy Gaza family's home

    The army says Hamas built a tunnel under a six-story apartment building that houses the Hammad family, threatening to destroy it. Most of the family has already fled. The IDF is using Facebook to threaten to destroy the home of a Gaza family, claiming Hamas has built a tunnel directly underneath it. [tmwinpost] On August 10, Yoav Mordechai, commander of the IDF's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), announced on the unit's Arabic Facebook page that the IDF had discovered two tunnels built by Hamas, which has ruled the Strip since 2006, under both an apartment building and a nearby mosque in…

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  • When the IDF protects Palestinians for the sake of propaganda

    The army's new hasbara video is meant to convince the English-speaking world that it protects Palestinians from settlers during the olive harvest, as if the latter were some kind of untamable beasts. With the beginning of the olive harvest, the IDF has decided to wish all Palestinians a bountiful and safe season! A new video being spread by the IDF on social media seeks to placate the worries of anyone worried about the safety of Palestinian farmers during the harvest. Focusing on Palestinians in Hebron, the video — with English subtitles, of course — announces to the world that due to…

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  • From whom is the IDF protecting Palestinian farmers?

    An IDF video celebrates its efforts to protect Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest. But human rights groups have documented dozens of attacks in just the past couple of weeks. By Yael Marom The Israeli military wants you to believe that it alone is responsible for ensuring that Palestinians can harvest their olive trees in peace. A new video, published on the Facebook page of the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Israeli military government that oversees the occupation of the Palestinian territories, shows how COGAT, in its words, is "ensuring that Palestinian residents can harvest…

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  • IDF bans laptops, food, toiletries for Palestinians leaving Gaza

    Palestinians are no longer allowed to bring sandwiches with them when exiting the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military has instituted a travel ban on food, toiletries and most electronic devices for Palestinians exiting the Gaza Strip. [tmwinpost] The army sent the new directive to Gisha, an Israeli NGO that promotes freedom of movement for Palestinians, a day before it went into effect earlier this month. The directive was not, however, published in the “Status of Closure Authorizations,” a document meant to inform Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank about restrictions on movement. Not even USB drives Even Palestinians traveling abroad,…

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  • West Bank demolitions displace 1,500 Palestinians in 2016

    Israel ramped up its practice of demolishing Palestinian structures in the West Bank this year, destroying more than twice as many as it did in 2015. The number of Palestinian structures Israel has destroyed in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has passed the 1,000 mark for the year, according to data from the UN humanitarian agency. As of the end of November, Israeli authorities had demolished 1,051 structures, displacing 1,569 Palestinians. [tmwinpost] This represents, with a month of the year left to go, a doubling of the equivalent number from 2015, during which Israel demolished 544 Palestinian structures in the West…

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  • The IDF's new 'Visit Palestine' campaign refuses to say Palestine

    The Israeli army's new tourism campaign wants you to visit Palestine — just don't call it that. The Israeli military launched a truly bizarre rendition of a Visit Palestine tourism campaign over the weekend. Except the army couldn’t bring itself to say Palestine, the West Bank, or even mention that Palestinians live there. The video was published on the Facebook page of the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Israeli military government that oversees the occupation of the Palestinian territories. The video mentions sites like Wadi Qelt, the Mar Saba Monastery and Nabi Musa, sites in the…

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  • Abbas had to ask the Israeli army for permission to attend Peres's funeral

    While leaders around the world coordinated their visits with the Foreign Ministry, the Palestinian president was forced to ask permission from an occupying army. The irony. As a matter of diplomatic protocol, visits by heads of state are handled by the Foreign Ministry. The issue is so immutable that when the Israeli Foreign Ministry staff went on strike a few years, even a strategically important visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had to be canceled. Therefore, when former Israeli President Shimon Peres died earlier this week, the Israeli Foreign Ministry opened an emergency situation room to handle the expected flood of foreign leaders and…

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  • For Israel's military gov't, PR trumps freedom of information

    When Israel's military government needs to provide Palestinians with crucial information about the rules that affect their lives, money and Arabic-speaking staff are apparently in short supply. When it comes to PR, resources are seemingly on tap. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman this week announced his new "carrot and stick" plan for Palestinians living in the West Bank, which roughly works out as: if you behave, we will give your towns and communities economic benefits; if you don't, there will be more demolitions, more arrests, more raids, more canceled permits. Within Liberman's plan is a proposal for an Arabic-language news website to…

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