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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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  • Shin Bet: Lose your job if your kid throws stones

    Israel's security service publishes notices in the Palestinian village of Beit Omar threatening to revoke work permits from families whose children are suspected of stone throwing. By Yael Marom Residents of the Palestinian village Beit Omar in the West Bank discovered last week that the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, had posted threatening notices on their homes and businesses. The notices, published in Arabic and signed by a Shin Bet agent known as "Captain Amar," threaten to revoke work permits from families whose children are suspected of throwing stones. Tamar Goldschmidt translated the notices into Hebrew: Hello all, As you know, a large…

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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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  • A 'wave of violence' that never actually ends

    When the Israeli media talks about the latest 'wave of violence,' it leaves out the five unarmed Palestinians who were shot to death by soldiers and police officers in the past few months. The newspaper headlines over the past few days leave no room for doubt regarding what has been happening here lately. "Terror returns," read Yedioth Ahronoth's headline on Sunday, while Haaretz and Ma'ariv ran similar headlines on Tuesday morning. [tmwinpost] Indeed the last few days have been full of stabbing and vehicle-ramming attacks by Palestinians in Jerusalem and Hebron, the vast majority of them directed at soldiers and…

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  • Yes, Israel does differentiate between Jewish and Palestinian terror

    When Palestinians demand their attackers receive the same punishments as those who target Jews, the pretense of equal treatment before the law slips away. Some of Israel's most hardline politicians are fond of saying that they don't differentiate between terror attacks perpetrated by Jews and Palestinians. In the wake of the Duma arson that killed three members of the Dawabsheh family, the likes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Miri Regev, Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett were all heard singing variations on the theme of "terror is terror, no matter whether Jewish or Arab." [tmwinpost] The Israeli state and its judges, however, continue…

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  • PHOTOS: Israeli army blocks main roads to Palestinian villages

    Photos and reporting by Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org The Israeli army has blocked off with with concrete cubes, boulders and dirt seven main access roads to Palestinian villages in the Nablus area of the West Bank in recent days. The roadblocks unmanned, and entirely block Palestinian residents from using their vehicles on the main roads leading in and out of their villages. The army-placed roadblocks are currently blocking the main entrances to the the villages of Beita, Burin and Einabus. Similar roadblocks have been placed on the road that connect the village of Beita to Awarta, and the road that connects Odala and Tapuah Junction. The army…

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  • Home demolitions are organized state violence

    Over the last decade, Israel has demolished over 1,100 Palestinian homes in the West Bank, leaving homeless more than 5,199 people, including at least 2,602 minors. The extensive demolitions are part of a broader Israeli policy of forced transfer. The following speech was delivered at a conference on home demolitions held at the Knesset on July 27, 2016. By Hagai El-Ad Esteemed Members of the Knesset, colleagues from the human rights and diplomatic communities and B’Tselem staff. Thank you for taking the initiative to convene this session and for taking ongoing and important actions in this area. More than 5,000…

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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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  • Why Israel can’t kick its addiction to collective punishment

    Israel's revocation of permits and closure of Yatta this week reflect its need to keep the Palestinian issue at bay by controlling and threatening their people for every action of a few. A Palestinian family from Nablus was supposed to visit their relatives in an Arab town in Israel for Ramadan later this month. They were especially excited that they would get to see the beach in Jaffa for the first time, which despite being only an hour’s drive away was normally inaccessible to them as residents of the West Bank. But on Thursday morning they were informed that they…

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  • WATCH: Three days under military closure in Qabatiya

    West Bank town put under closure following last week's deadly attack on Israeli Border Police officers in Jerusalem's Old City. Photos and text by: Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills.org After three days of strict military closure, the Israeli army lifted its blockade Saturday evening on the town of Qabatiya in the northern West Bank. The blockade was put in place last week after three Palestinians from the town carried out a shooting attack at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, killing one Israeli Border Police officer and wounding three others. The three Palestinians were immediately shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Many have…

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  • Hey Hillary Clinton, Palestinian lives matter too

    You claim to support peace, but your words imply that Palestinian lives are less valuable to you than Israeli lives. I implore you: please do better. By Leanne Gale Dear Secretary Clinton, I have faith that you want to stand with the Jewish people as we work toward peace with the Palestinians. But your recent article in The Forward did exactly the opposite. [tmwinpost] You glorified Israel without mentioning its nearly 50-year-old military occupation and outlined how you plan to “reaffirm our unbreakable bond with Israel” without addressing its rightward anti-democratic spiral. This was a faulty political calculation, marginalizing a powerful progressive constituency…

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  • WATCH: Protesting collective punishment in East Jerusalem

    Israeli police regularly shut down roads in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya following clashes there, in what amounts to collective punishment on the village's entire population. That is the message residents had for police: we just want to live. Stop punishing us. More on collective punishment in Issawiya: Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis protest collective punishment in East Jerusalem WATCH: Police spray putrid water on Palestinian homes, schools

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  • Israel responds to lone attacks with collective punishment

    The Defense Ministry cancels travel permits for 500 Palestinians, and work permits for an entire West Bank village. Israeli authorities responded on Monday with collective punishment to two attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem that left one Israeli dead and two injured in recent days. The Defense Ministry canceled special travel permits for 500 West Bank Palestinians, who had been granted permission to use Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport. (Palestinians are normally forbidden from using the airport, and must cross by land into Jordan in order to fly from Amman to their destination.) Authorities also canceled entry permits (effectively work permits) for all of the…

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