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  • WATCH: Israelis and Palestinians meet face to face at Gaza fence

    Left-wing Israelis and Palestinian protestors on opposite sides of the Israel-Gaza fence get a rare chance to speak to one another face to face. For a few short minutes last week, a group of Israeli activists managed to have a face-to-face conversation with Palestinian activists in Gaza, albeit through a militarized fence. [tmwinpost] On Wednesday of last week, for the first time since the Great Return March began in March, a small group of Israeli activists approached the fence to speak with Palestinian demonstrators, standing just meters from them on the other side. The Palestinians who approached the fence had been taking…

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  • There's a way out of our shared hell with Gaza

    Life in Gaza is unbearable. Without resolving the crisis there, the lives of Israelis living in the south will continue to be a living hell. By Eric Yellin A few days ago, on Wednesday night, I was on my way to a film screening in Sderot, a city near the fence with Gaza. A minute after setting foot outside, the rocket-warning sirens went off. I parked my car and together with my partner, quickly got out and hid behind a mound of dirt. As we ran for shelter, we heard explosions and saw rocket trails in the sky, as well as…

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  • For many Gazans, the sea is the only escape from the siege

    By Amjad Yaghi GAZA CITY — At around sunset, the main road along Gaza’s seaside promenade, the Corniche, grows crowded with people, cars, and street vendors. Families sit on plastic chairs from home, children run and play, and young men gather to share and cast away their worries. And there are the vendors, trying to make ends meet. [tmwinpost] This is where people go to escape. It is summer, and the people of Gaza are fleeing the heat and the darkness of their houses, otherwise inescapable due to the dire electricity crisis. On the beach they can find light and…

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  • The changing relationship between Palestinians on either side of the wall

    Despite physical separation and internal divisions, Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line are once again talking about the future of their struggle, and the role that Palestinian citizens of Israel can play. Out of sight from most of the Israeli public, yet under the close watch of the government, an internal debate has been raging within Palestinian society about the devastating effects of the physical separation and internal divisions plaguing Palestinians. [tmwinpost] Two recent protests, one in Haifa in solidarity with Gaza and another in Ramallah against the Palestinian Authority's role in the siege — in which Palestinian citizens of Israel also…

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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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  • Gaza's protest leaders still believe in nonviolent struggle

    Despite the bloodletting in Gaza over the past months, the leaders of the Great Return March believe that nonviolent resistance is still the best way to end the siege. Rami Younis spoke to Hasan al-Kurd, one of the leaders of the march about the successes, mistakes, and future of the movement.  While everyone this past week focused on Israeli police officers breaking the leg of Jafar Farah, a prominent Palestinian political activist from Haifa, I could not help but think of someone else’s leg — that of Hasan al-Kurd’s brother-in-law, in Gaza. [tmwinpost] Two months ago, during the first Friday protest of the Great…

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  • Gaza's Generation Y

    What does life look like for the youth of Gaza? What do they laugh about? Sing and write about? What do they dream of? Four young Palestinians from Gaza try and give an Israeli reporter a taste of what it means to walk in their shoes.

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  • Living among the dead in Gaza

    I asked a man who lives among the graves in Gaza how he could bear to live among the dead. He challenged me. 'How is living among the dead is worse than living among the living?' By Mohammed Arafat When I was a child, I used to pass by the Ma’madany ["Baptist"] graveyard in Gaza City with my dad whenever we went to the market. I always cried and held my father's hand tightly because I had heard that people lived among the tombs. A frightening thought. [tmwinpost] When I grew up, I was endlessly curious; I wanted to learn more…

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  • Dozens of Israeli teens: 'We refuse to enlist out of a commitment to peace'

    'Testimonies of former soldiers teach us that the reality of occupation does not allow one to make a difference from within. The power to change reality does not lay with the single soldier — but with the system as a whole.' Sixty-three Israeli teenagers have published an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday, declaring their refusal to join the Israeli army due to their opposition to the occupation. [tmwinpost] "The army carries out a racist government policy that enforces one legal system for Israelis and another for Palestinian in the same territory," they write. "Therefore, we have decided not to…

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  • How can women 'wage peace' without talking about occupation?

    A recent rally organized by ‘Women Wage Peace’ may have looked momentous, yet it ignored 50 years of military occupation, all while recycling the same old tropes about the role of women in violent conflicts. I arrived early and with many reservations to the rally organized by “Women Wage Peace” in Jerusalem’s Independence Park this past week. It was the culmination of a two-week “Journey to Peace,” in which thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women marched through Israel and the West Bank to demand a peaceful resolution to the conflict. I had been following the group since it was formed after the 2014 Gaza…

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  • Suicide and a lost generation: Gaza youth are dying before they can live

    Young Palestinians are mourning the loss of two young artists from Gaza, a writer and an illustrator, both of whom represent Gaza’s lost generation, trapped by the hopelessness of Israel’s siege. By Qamar Taha Tragic news spread among youth in Gaza last week: Mohanned Younis, a young writer, just 22 years old, took his own life. Younis, who had graduated from a pharmacology program, wrote short stories. Some of his stories won prizes, and one was most recently nominated for the A.M. Qattan Foundation literary prize. He had tried on numerous occasions to leave the Gaza Strip in order to…

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  • Three years after Protective Edge, Gaza is in free fall

    As internal Palestinian rifts take a heavy toll on Gazans and as shifting geopolitics in the Gulf affect quality of life in Deir al-Balah, Israel is again missing an opportunity to harness the future of its relationship with Gaza. By Amir Rotem The ceasefire agreement that ended Operation Protective Edge went into effect on August 26, 2014. The operation was the deadliest and most devastating in Gaza to date, taking the lives of 2,202 Gaza residents, including 1,391 people deemed to be civilians and 526 of whom were children. Sixty-six Israeli soldiers and six civilians, Israelis and foreign nationals, were…

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  • Israeli planes spray herbicides inside Gaza for fourth time this year

    Israeli planes have been reported spraying herbicides over land inside the Gaza Strip on four occasions in 2017, including twice in the last two days. Israeli planes sprayed herbicides inside the Gaza Strip for the second day running on Wednesday and the fourth time this year, according to local farmers and Israeli rights NGO Gisha. A video published on Wednesday, allegedly of the crop-dusting, shows a plane flying low and spraying over farmland. Palestinians who reported the incident said that the planes had dusted near the Gaza border fence, and the Gaza Ministry of Agriculture is investigating the extent of the damage from the…

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