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  • Hamas' new charter reveals a willingness to change

    Despite what the usual media critics may say, Hamas' new charter is evidence of a movement in flux, and one that — when the need arises — allows itself to be guided by pragmatism. By Menachem Klein For a moment, before the familiar flood of mainstream news commentators will completely deny the obvious changes in the new Hamas charter, it’s worth stopping and thinking: If there’s no change at all, why have senior officials been debating the new version for many long months? If everything is empty words, what’s to debate? In reality, what looks like standing water to Israelis…

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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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  • Banksy's new project tells the story of Palestine

    Banksy's controversial new hotel and museum in Bethlehem is more than just an interactive art gallery: it also, in the British street artist's inimitable style, lays out the history of Palestine. By Dalal Erakat “Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos.” These are the words of Saul Bellow, the late Canadian-American writer. They resonate today in Palestine, in the midst of chaos and between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, at Banksy’s new hotel and museum. [tmwinpost] As you walk down Caritas Street, your eyes will see a dead end: the huge separation wall stands tall,…

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  • Why 'it's not apartheid' arguments fail: Response to NYT op-ed

    A New York Times op-ed argues that Israel is not the South African apartheid its author sat in jail to expose. But to make his case, Benjamin Pogrund ignores the heart of what occupation really is. In an impassioned New York Times op ed, Benjamin Pogrund lays down the best possible arguments for why Israel is not an apartheid state. He brings out the full arsenal: his personal experience as a South African. His knowledge as a reporter who investigated and exposed the horrors of the system. He even paid the enormous price of jail time. It’s hard to top that level of…

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  • As an Israeli soldier, I played God with Palestinians

    The occupation allows us to demand Palestinians show their identification cards at a whim. It allows us to slap, shove, or shoot them if necessary — even if they are the same age as our fathers or young enough to be our children. By Alon Mizrahi Only last night, once I sat down after a long day, did the memories come flooding back. It was probably a video of a police officer beating a middle-aged Palestinian truck driver in East Jerusalem, which had gone viral, that triggered it. A reminder of just one story — one out of millions that reflect the absurdity of the occupation. [tmwinpost]…

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  • As Palestinian divisions deepen, Arab actors seek two-state alternative

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is worried that ‘regional peace’ would prompt normalization between Arab states and Israel, while sidelining the two-state solution. Yet increasingly, Palestinian and Arab actors are pursuing a number of alternative solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By Ella Aphek During Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s last visit to Washington, President Trump introduced a new formula for peace: “One state or two states, whatever both sides like.” Since then, Arab and Palestinian media coverage has acknowledged that not only Israeli policy, but also the failures of Palestinian leadership and ongoing conflicts between Fatah and Hamas, are to blame for the…

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  • Stop blaming sick Palestinians for Israel's healthcare problems

    The attempt to blame ill Palestinians for the deficiencies of Israel's healthcare system distracts from the fact that there is only one sovereign responsible for the state of medical care in the occupied territories. By Ran Goldstein A recent Israeli media investigation made headlines over the last few weeks after concluding that Israelis in the country's periphery are losing out as a result of Israel's providing medical treatment to Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But these conclusions are manipulative. [tmwinpost] Let’s begin with what should be self-evident under international humanitarian law: Israel, as the entity that oversees the conditions that impact health in…

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  • The double oppression of Gaza’s women

    Women in Gaza face serious societal constrains at home, but also an ongoing siege that limits their freedom of movement and occupation and alarmingly increases the rate of violence against them. The untold price women pay for Israel’s closure policy. By Aya Zinatey Whenever the issue of Palestinian women in Gaza and the impact the closure has on them comes up, Gaza’s traditional societal structure comes up as well, and there’s a dilemma: how can we talk about the impacts of the closure without mentioning the societal injustice these same women suffer from? I suggest looking at the occupation and…

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  • Israel and Hamas need each other — now more than ever

    The fact that Israel has no desire to destroy Hamas and re-occupy Gaza means the next round of fighting will end much like the previous ones: a 'strategic tie' with enormous human suffering in both Israel and the Strip. By Doron Matza It is impossible to understand what is happening in the Gaza Strip without understanding the following paradox: the relationship between Israel and Hamas appears as a "zero-sum game," yet both sides cooperate with one another. [tmwinpost] For over a decade, Israel and Hamas have maintained a relationship of both confrontation and reconciliation. From the Israeli point of view, Hamas' presence in Gaza…

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  • For Gaza's working women, glass ceilings aren't the only problem

    Gaza's working women earn 25 percent more, on average, than their male counterparts, according to a new report. Why are they still trapped under a 'concrete' ceiling? When 53-year-old Clara Zetkin put forth the idea for an International Women’s Day, she was one of 100 or so delegates at the second International Conference of Working Women, its participating “unions, socialist parties, [and] working women’s clubs” gathered in Copenhagen, in the late summer of 1910, to call for universal suffrage and health insurance—including maternity leave for working mothers. [tmwinpost] If their platform seemed radical for the time, it was no more…

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  • New entry law a reminder that Palestinians live in Israel's prison

    The reality in the West Bank is one that resembles a prison, where the prisoners are held for as long as humanly possible. Their release will carry a price — and Israelis are not willing to pay it. The Knesset passed a law Monday night denying entry visas or residency rights to foreign nationals who call for boycotts against Israel or the settlements. The law won't have much of an affect on entry into Israel proper, but rather will mostly affect those trying to enter the West Bank — a solid reminder that the ban is yet another example of the way Israel holds Palestinians prisoners. After all,…

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  • I was IDF property for three years — today I'm traumatized

    Every time I hear about another Druze who refuses to go to the army, I think about how he won't have to suffer. He will avoid the trauma of becoming the human property of the IDF. By Fayez Abu Hayeh "Soldier, straighten up!" It was 2 a.m., I was lying on the ground, my backpack under me. The commander yelled: "Soldier, straighten up!" and I, an exhausted soldier, didn't understand. All I wanted was a place to escape to, a framework that would take me in. Today I understand that I was the IDF's property, like every Druze, like everyone who serves in this…

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  • Love under siege in Gaza

    In honor of Valentine's Day, three tales from Gaza of the impossible conditions for families and couples created by Israel's closure of the Strip. By Tania Hary To receive a permit to travel to and from Gaza via Erez Crossing, Israel must determine that your reason for travel is humanitarian in nature or that you meet a list of exceptional circumstances (like playing for the national football team or being a trader). Traveling to visit your mother you haven’t seen in 10 years isn’t considered to be humanitarian in nature, unless, God forbid, she’s ill with a fatal condition. [tmwinpost] Traveling…

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