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  • IDF shuts down Palestinian radio station — but won't explain why

    The Israeli army shuts down the West Bank-based 'A-Sanabel,' claiming it incites against Israelis without so much as providing any evidence. Such is life under a military regime.  The Israeli army shut down Palestinian radio station A-Sanabel in the early hours of Wednesday morning, arresting five of employees and confiscating equipment. According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, the station was closed "due to inciting broadcasts." However, the IDF Spokesperson could not provide examples or statistics on such incitement. [tmwinpost] According to Israeli news site Ynet, A-Sanabel openly supported "harming Israelis," praised violent attacks, backed campaigns for rebuilding demolished homes of Palestinian attackers, and…

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  • Palestinian journalist on hunger strike to protest admin detention

    It took Israeli authorities weeks to even tell Muhammad Al-Qiq why he is being imprisoned without charge or trial — 'incitement.' He has been on hunger strike for 32 days. By Yael Marom and Noam Rotem Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, 33 from the Hebron area, has been on hunger strike for 32 days — since Israeli forces arrested from his home without explanation last month. Al-Qiq, a reporter who works for Saudi news station Almajd, was transferred to the medical center at Ramle Prison early last week. Immediately after his arrest, al-Qiq was taken in for interrogation at Israel's Kishon…

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  • Gaza is terrible? Try daily life

    Gaza is unlivable and Tel Aviv is surreal. Then there's all the rest. I spent today at a meeting of Israelis and Palestinians in East Jerusalem, planned well before the current escalation. Around 7:30 a.m., I was showering when sirens went off, followed by three low booms. Since the shower is about the only comfortable place in the sticky coastal area these days, I didn’t move. It no longer seemed interesting enough to post on social media. At 8:30 a.m. I picked up two colleagues and we drove 38 miles (60 kilometers) from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. With a bit…

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  • September journey part 11: Day of arrest ends

    Staying on the move in Israel and the Palestinian Territories through a month of trial. Well, trying to, but being held in custody. Start here if you wish to see how the trouble began. Sitting in the back of the Palestinian police's pick up van as we rattled up hill on the gravel path, sandwiched between Tine and a huge, armed, officer, I think about this story by O Henry. You know it, the one with the petty thief who decides to leave the world of crime and then gets arrested for loitering. This is what happened to Tine and…

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  • September journey part 10: Day of arrest continues

    Staying on the move in Israel and the Palestinian Territories through a month of trial. Second phase in Saturday's mayham. Start here if you wish to see how we got there. There's a great place in Jerusalem for traditional Kurdish Kubbeh soup. It's called "Between Gaza and Berlin," a name derived from its location. The tiny eatery sits on the meeting of old Gaza road and Rabbi Berlin Street. That name always seems to me like the coordinates of the Israeli state of being: We came from Berlin, we live near Gaza. We were killed in Berlin, we kill in…

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