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  • Palestinian Authority, Hamas use torture to silence dissent, report finds

    A new report by Human Rights Watch documents dozens of cases whereby the Palestinian authorities in both the West Bank and Gaza use arbitrary arrest and torture to repress critics. A new Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation published Tuesday draws on 86 cases of arbitrary arrest, abuse, and torture by Fatah and Hamas authorities in the West Bank and Gaza to call for an International Criminal Court probe, as well as a suspension of aid to Palestinian security forces. According to the report, acts of repression by the two Palestinian authorities against Palestinians engaged in peaceful speech and nonviolent protest “may amount to…

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  • What it takes to organize a film screening in Gaza

    Getting an entry permit from the Israeli army, securing permission to screen the film from Hamas, and how to prepare for inevitable power cuts are only some of the hurdles. Imagine what it takes to coordinate humanitarian aid. By Jen Marlowe We had been talking about organizing the Gaza premiere of Naila and the Uprising for months, but it wasn’t until mid-summer that my colleague in Gaza, Fadi Abu Shammalah, and I began the preparations in earnest. [tmwinpost] Fadi and I discussed the merits of the two potential venues that could accommodate a film screening of the scale we were anticipating. The first…

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  • 'We all live under one undemocratic system, so we must struggle together'

    In a letter from prison, Israeli conscientious objector Hillel Garmi responds to Ahmed Abu Artema, one of the leaders of Gaza's Great Return March. 'Although we will not agree on everything, I discovered a vision for justice in your writing.' Read Abu Artema's open letter here. By Hillel Garmi Ahmed, I am writing to you from an Israeli military prison, after the open letter you published last week was read to me over the phone. It is not easy for me to write from prison, and at first I thought to wait until I am able to do so from the comfort…

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  • With their cultural center bombed, Gaza's artists are now picking up the pieces

    By Amjad Yaghi For the past 15 years, famed Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin has headed dozens of theater productions at Al-Meshal Cultural Center. Among them were classics such as Anton Chekov’s “The Bear,” while others focused on children’s rights, women’s rights, and the right to education. All that came to a halt last Thursday, when the Israeli Air Force bombed Al-Meshal, one of the Gaza Strip's most important cultural facilities. They claim that the building — which comprises of two theaters, three large halls, and a department serving the Egyptian community living in the Strip — was being used by Hamas’ internal…

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  • To maintain occupation, Israel will need to bolster Hamas in Gaza

    While Egypt and the UN have their own plans to solve the crisis in Gaza, both have one thing common: strengthening Hamas at the expense of the Palestinian Authority. In order to maintain its hold on the West Bank, Israel will prefer the option that will give Hamas autonomy. By Menachem Klein As the latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas ends with a ceasefire, the sides will resume their multilateral talks on a long-term arrangement exactly where they stopped. Two different yet interrelated agreements are on the table, one proposed by Egypt and the other by Nickolay Mladenov, the UN special envoy…

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  • Israel arrests six Palestinian journalists for 'incitement'

    Dozens of Palestinian journalists protest to demand the release of 21 of their colleagues currently imprisoned by Israel.  By Oren Persico Israeli security forces arrested six Palestinian journalists across the occupied territories over the past several days for alleged incitement. [tmwinpost] Four of the journalists — Alaa Rimawi, Mohamed Hamdan, Qoteiba Hamdan, and Hosni Angas — work for the Hamas-linked Al Quds television station. They were arrested on July 30th. Mohamed Hamdan, was detained in an Israeli prison for several days last February after filming a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners, while Rimawi, Al Quds’ bureau chief, was previously imprisoned…

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  • Abbas' sanctions on Gaza could soon become Israel's war

    The Palestinian Authority's attempts to destroy Gaza's economy could end up dragging Israel into military conflict. By Elhanan Miller While the Israeli government struggles to solve the problem of “burning kites” being sent from the Gaza Strip, it appears that the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has found a more effective way to harm Hamas’ funding: causing damage to banks and hindering the transfer of funds to Strip. While terrorists are being targeted, innocent civilians are also paying the price for living on the isolated coastal enclave. [tmwinpost] "The Arab Bank refuses to intervene in any national affairs in Gaza, whether regarding martyrs,…

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  • The night the Palestinian Authority showed us whose side it is on

    The violence meted out by PA forces against Palestinian demonstrators Wednesday night was unlike anything I've ever experienced. When it was all over, one thing became clear: the PA isn't a subcontractor of the occupation, they are in lock step. Having just witnessed her friend's arrest, and frustrated by her failure to prevent it, a young activist stood in front of a line of police officers, defenseless, and instinctively shouted, “With spirit, with blood, we’ll redeem you Gaza.” Members of the Palestinian security forces, dressed in civilian clothes, knocked her to the ground. Two policemen joined in and began kicking the bleeding,…

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  • Palestinians in Ramallah protest PA sanctions on Gaza

    Thousands of Palestinians demonstrate in central Ramallah, calling for Mahmoud Abbas' ouster in the face of the Palestinian Authority's sanctions on the Gaza Strip. Protest organizers say this is only the beginning. Palestinian protesters marched through the streets of central Ramallah on Sunday to demand that the Palestinian Authority put an end to its sanctions against Gaza, and called for an end to the siege on the Strip. [tmwinpost] The protest, organized by local left-wing activists unaffiliated with any specific parties, focused on PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The demonstrators marched from Manara Square in the city center while chanting “Get out, get…

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  • If Trump talks with North Korea, why should the U.S. boycott Hamas?

    If the U.S. is willing to negotiate with the North Korean regime to advance its interests, then it should apply the same logic to Gaza and negotiate with Hamas.  By Aaron Magid North Korean Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol met with President Donald Trump at the White House this week. As part of its efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, the Trump administration is conducting negotiations with one of the world’s most brutal regimes. Human Rights Watch has described North Korea’s political prison camps as “the modern day equivalent of the Russian Gulag where prisoners are starved, beaten, tortured and worked…

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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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