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  • Palestinian families fight for relatives' remains held by Israel

    A recent Supreme Court ruling has rubber-stamped Israel's policy of withholding the bodies of Palestinians killed by its security forces. By Miriam Deprez Mohammad Elayyan discovered through a Facebook post that his 22-year-old son, Bahaa, had been shot dead by Israeli forces after allegedly carrying out a stabbing and shooting attack in East Jerusalem in October 2015. It would be another 325 days before he saw the body. [tmwinpost] “From that moment on, the agony and the long journey of struggle and pursuit of getting my son out of an Israeli refrigerator to be buried began,” Elayyan recalled, as he joined scores…

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  • Israel releases stateless Palestinian journalist it tried to deport

    After nine months in detention and two failed deportation attempts, Israel releases East Jerusalem resident Mustafa al-Haruf. He has been living in Jerusalem for over 20 years, yet Israel refuses to grant him permanent status. Journalist Mustafa al-Haruf, a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem, was released from Givon Prison on Thursday afternoon after nine months in detention. Waiting to greet him were his wife, young daughter, relatives, friends, and his lawyer. [tmwinpost] “It’s good to be out,” said al-Haruf as he embraced his 2-year-old daughter. While he was in prison, he had only been able to see her through glass during visiting…

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  • Why HBO's 'Our Boys' is a victory for Israeli hasbara

    By calling to boycott HBO's 'Our Boys,' Prime Minister Netanyahu misses the fact that the series ends up erasing the occupation's greatest iniquities while supporting the dominant Israeli narrative. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked controversy in both Israel and across the world late last week when he published a post on his official Facebook page denouncing HBO's widely-praised series, "Our Boys," as anti-Semitic. The prime minister called on Israelis to boycott the Israeli media company Keshet, which partnered with HBO on the series, and whose subsidiary news company has been publishing exclusive materials from the pending criminal investigations against Netanyahu. [tmwinpost] Netanyahu…

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  • For Jerusalem police, even directing traffic is a form of terrorism

    One of East Jerusalem's most prominent political activists was arrested for supporting terrorism — while trying to solve a traffic jam in his own neighborhood. Israeli police arrested a well-known Palestinian activist in East Jerusalem earlier this week, accusing him of encouraging drivers to run over Israeli officers while he directed traffic in his neighborhood. [tmwinpost] Muhammad Abu Hummus, one of the most prominent activists in Issawiya who has been documenting the daily police incursions into the neighborhood over the last several months, was arrested on Sunday after uploading a video of himself guiding a Palestinian driver through a traffic jam. Abu…

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  • In one East Jerusalem neighborhood, summer vacation has become a war zone

    For children in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, summer vacation means dodging rubber bullets and watching their fathers and brothers arrested and humiliated every day. By Yuval Abraham At the entrance to Issawiya in East Jerusalem, eight children are laughing as they chase one another in circles. I take out a camera and a few of them begin to gather around me. The oldest of the group is 13 years old, and tells me that they are playing “Jews and Arabs.” Do you know it? She asks. There are two teams: the Jews shoot at the Arabs and the Arabs throw rocks.…

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  • In East Jerusalem, nightly raids leave Palestinian neighborhood reeling

    For the past six weeks, Israel has been sending paramilitary police forces to raid the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya every evening. The raids, a severe form of collective punishment, have left one young Palestinian dead and hundreds wounded. By Aviv Tatarsky It's 5:30 p.m. and some 10 large police vans rumble into the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. The next few hours will follow a strict script: the vans stop in a central place in the neighborhood — a mosque, a commercial area, or a main junction. Dozens of paramilitary police officers roll out and stake out positions around the block.…

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  • Jordan turns back stateless Palestinian journalist Israel tried to deport

    Israel attempted to deport Mustafa al-Haruf, a stateless Palestinian photographer from East Jerusalem, to Jordan without any coordination. Al-Haruf has been living in the country for over 20 years, yet Israel refuses to grant him permanent status. Jordanian authorities refused to accept a stateless Palestinian journalist from East Jerusalem whom Israel tried to deport to the Hashemite Kingdom earlier this week. [tmwinpost] Mustafa Al-Haruf, a 33-year-old Palestinian photojournalist who lives in Jerusalem, does not hold any status or citizenship in Jordan. Israel claims that because he holds a Jordanian travel document, a special passport given to many Palestinians, he can be deported…

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  • WATCH: A dark night in Wadi al-Hummus

    Israeli police and soldiers demolished dozens of Palestinian families' apartments in an area that is supposed to be under full Palestinian control this week. Filmmakers Yuval Abraham and Rachel Shor stayed with one of those families through the demolitions to tell their story. The families in Wadi al-Hummus built their homes with all the necessary permits from Palestinian authorities. Israel decided to demolish them anyway, claiming that despite being entirely in a Palestinian-controlled area of the West Bank, that the location of the homes poses a security threat.

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  • 'Our whole lives are here. Where can we go?'

    Spending the night with Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, hoping to stop the bulldozers coming to demolish their homes. By A. Daniel Roth I am awakened by the “thud thud thud” of someone pounding and then the sound stops. It feels like I am waking up after only five minutes of sleep. Each of my eyes feels like it weighs 10 pounds. I can't remember where I am, but the sound is unmistakably a fist hitting a door. I hear rustling somewhere near me and realize I'm in a dark room, on a mattress on the floor surrounded by other…

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  • Israeli settlements are a regular destination on Birthright trips

    For years, Birthright has been taking participants into the occupied territories, usually without their knowledge or consent. ‘At the end of the day, we Israelis always have been less than truthful about where those lines and boundaries are for tourists,’ one former tour operator says. Before Zachary Popkin-Hall embarked on his Birthright Israel trip in December 2016, he went over the itinerary and Googled the locations he would be staying in. He noticed that one spot was not in Israel at all, but in the occupied West Bank: Kibbutz Almog. Because of its proximity to both Jerusalem and the northern…

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  • Using archeology in the service of nationalism

    The inauguration of a supposed ancient Jewish 'Pilgrimage Road' by Ambassador David Friedman and White House envoy Jason Greenblatt is a reminder that archeology is never as neutral as some would like to believe. By Chemi Shiff and Yonathan Mizrachi We tend to think of archeology as a neutral discipline. Archeologists dig up artifacts, date them, and try to build a timeline to better understand the history of a particular place or people. [tmwinpost] Last week’s inauguration of Jerusalem’s “Pilgrimage Road” by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and White House envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt is a reminder that archeology is never…

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  • Should Palestinian children be able to call parents from prison? Israeli court will decide

    Palestinian children in Israeli jails classified as 'security prisoners' are denied the right to speak to or see their families, sometimes for months on end. Israel’s top court will hear arguments about whether Palestinian children held in Israeli prisoners should be allowed to call their parents on the phone. [tmwinpost] Palestinian minors classified by Israel as “security prisoners,” including those awaiting trial for crimes such as stone throwing, are subject to numerous restrictions identical to those imposed on adult prisoners such as the denial of telephone contact with their parents. The prison service allegedly refuses to treat minors classified as…

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  • Israel trying to deport stateless Palestinian journalist from Jerusalem

    Mustafa al-Haruf has spent the last 20 years living in East Jerusalem, where he has a wife, daughter, and works as a photographer. Now Israel wants to deport him to Jordan, where he has no family or legal status. Mustafa al-Haruf, a stateless Palestinian journalist who lives and works in Jerusalem, has been in an Israeli detention facility for the past month, fighting a deportation order to Jordan, a country he has no ties to. Al-Haruf, born in Algeria to a Palestinian father, has lived in East Jerusalem since he was 12, and is married to a Jerusalemite Palestinian woman,…

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