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Great Return March

  • Israeli activists bring images of Gaza dead to the heart of Tel Aviv

    In the middle of the night, left-wing activists hung 115 kites along Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv's central street — one for each Palestinian protester killed by Israeli forces during the Great Return March protests. Israeli activists hung 115 black kites along Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard overnight on Sunday, in remembrance of every Palestinian killed by the Israeli army in Gaza during the Great Return March. “We all witnessed what happened in Gaza over the past couple of weeks, says A., one of the organizers of the action. "There was a big escalation both in terms of what happened and the…

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  • What's causing unusual bullet wounds among Gaza protesters?

    Palestinian medical experts have been reporting unusually large and destructive bullet wounds among protesters in Gaza, leading to claims that IDF snipers have been using prohibited, 'expanding' ammunition. There could be another explanation. By Avihai Stollar Palestinian and international medical experts and media outlets have been making an alarming claim over the past several months: that Israeli snipers may be targeting demonstrators in Gaza with expanding, or exploding bullets. [tmwinpost] Doctors Without Borders stated that many of the wounds the organization encountered were located in the lower limbs and characterized by large exit wounds, in some cases as big as…

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  • IDF refuses to say what it's doing to avoid killing more journalists

    Israeli snipers have killed two Palestinian journalists and shot at least 20 others in Gaza in recent months. What happened to the soldiers responsible? What is the IDF doing to make sure it doesn't happen again? The army refuses to say. Nearly two months after Israeli army snipers shot and killed two Palestinian journalists while they were reporting inside the Gaza Strip, the military is refusing to answer any questions about whether the responsible soldiers and commanders are being held accountable in any way. [tmwinpost] Over the past two weeks, +972 Magazine has contacted the IDF Spokesperson’s Office five times with the…

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  • In memory of Razan al-Najjar

    The 21-year-old paramedic was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers while trying to aid wounded protesters near the Gaza-Israel separation fence. Many Israelis either refuse to believe she was actually killed or claim that her killing was somehow justified. Around two weeks ago, a Facebook friend of mine proposed an experiment to a small group of us. Social media has become a boxing ring, she said. The two sides, left and right, dig into their positions and slug it out in the comments — and that's if they don't just "block" each other. My friend suggested that for a month,…

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  • How Gaza's Return March can elevate the one-state movement

    The Great Return March has the potential to lend its momentum to grassroots and popular struggles beyond Gaza's fence, in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and inside Israel. By Awad Abdel Fattah It is still premature to predict the fate of the Great March of Return, which is the brainchild of primarily young activists who managed, with great success, to involve the entire political spectrum in the Gaza Strip in an unarmed civil resistance. The march is being viewed by many as a remarkable and exceptional development that, if sustained, could open a new horizon politically and strategically for the Palestinians…

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  • IDF intercepts Gaza boat trying to escape the blockade

    Carrying 17 people, including university students, cancer patients, and protesters wounded by Israeli forces during the Great Return March, the Gaza boat was headed towards Cyprus before IDF gunboats intercepted it. By Meron Rapoport, Mohammed Zaanoun, and +972 Magazine Staff Israeli gunships intercepted a Palestinian boat attempting to break Israel’s naval siege of the Gaza Strip Tuesday afternoon. The attempt to break the blockade comes two weeks after Israeli soldiers killed at least 60 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands of others at the Gaza-Israel separation barrier on Gaza’s eastern boundary. [tmwinpost] The boat was headed to Limassol, Cyprus, and was…

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  • When does propaganda go too far?

    The Israeli army publishes a heavily edited video of a detained Palestinian man from Gaza being interrogated about Hamas tactics. The army won't answer any questions about it. By Oren Ziv The Israeli army often claims that video clips published by B'Tselem and other human rights organizations in the occupied territories are mendaciously edited, and that they do not show the whole picture. It turns out, however, that it is the IDF’s spokesperson which uses manipulative video editing techniques and refuses to release original, raw video footage. Last week, the IDF Spokesperson released a one-minute video of an interrogation of…

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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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  • How do Israeli journalists report on a place they can't reach?

    For the past 11 years, Israeli journalists have been forbidden from entering Gaza. This has affected not only their reporting, but also the way fellow Israelis understand what is happening there. By Oren Ziv / Activestills.org The main obstacle that faces anyone who wants to report on what is happening at Gaza protests from the Israeli side of the border is that one can hear the gunfire, see the smoke, report on the army’s conduct, and estimate the number of protesters — and yet, you cannot get the full story. A journalist from East Jerusalem who often covers the goings on…

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  • What does the IDF have to hide about the Gaza killings?

    The Israeli army is claiming that at least 12 of the 60 Palestinians it killed in Gaza on Monday were attacking soldiers when they were shot, but it refuses to answer why it killed the other 48. (Updated below.) Israeli soldiers killed 60 Palestinian protesters on Monday in Gaza's bloodiest day since the 2014 war. Over the course of the last month and half, the IDF killed an additional 49 Palestinian protesters in Gaza, and wounded thousands more with live fire. In late march, just hours after Israeli snipers killed 17 protesters on the first day of the Gaza Return…

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  • Across Israel, hundreds protest Gaza violence

    From Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to Umm al-Fahm, Israelis and Palestinians take to the streets to protest the killing of 60 demonstrators in Gaza a day earlier. Thousands of Palestinians and Israelis across the country protested Tuesday against the Israeli army killing of 60 demonstrators in Gaza the day before. Some of the protests were also in commemoration of Nakba Day. [tmwinpost] In Tel Aviv, 300 Israelis and Palestinians demonstrated outside the Likud Party headquarters in the city, holding signs and chanting slogans against the violence. “It is unthinkable that while people are drinking champagne in Jerusalem, others are dying…

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  • Why the Jerusalem embassy opening was a fitting way to mark the Nakba

    Both the U.S. and Israeli governments are run by racist demagogues who simultaneously deny an occupation exists while doing all they can to perpetuate it.  Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat believes that East Jerusalem Palestinians are “satisfied” with the move of the U.S. Embassy to their city. Speaking to Israeli news website Ynet on Sunday, as the Israeli side of Jerusalem was preparing for a mass celebration in honor of the transfer, Barkat suggested that deep down, Palestinians understood that having the embassy on their doorstep would improve their quality of life. Barkat’s reasoning is, on the one hand, simply a variation on the racist idea that…

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