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  • The people behind the numbers: 'Palestine Speaks'

    A collection of oral histories offers a penetrating look at life in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.  Gaza could be uninhabitable by 2020. More than 2,000 Palestinians were killed in 2014 and more than 17,000 were injured. Israel arrests and detains between 500 and 700 Palestinian children every year. In August of 2015 alone, Israeli forces demolished nearly 150 Palestinian structures. When it comes to the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, there’s no shortage of statistics. But while numbers may tell, it’s the stories that show the deep impact the occupation makes on…

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  • Israeli army shoots Italian activist, Palestinian teen with live ammo

    The 30-year-old was reportedly wearing a reflective vest when shot. Kufr Qaddum has been holding weekly protests for years against the closure of its main access road. Israeli troops shot an Italian national in the chest with live ammunition Friday afternoon in the West Bank village of Kufr Qaddum, Palestinian medical officials and the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) reported. An 18-year-old Palestinian protester was also hit with live fire, according to the reports. The .22 caliber bullet entered 30-year-old Patrick Corsi’s chest and remained lodged in his abdomen, a statement from ISM said. He remains hospitalized in Nablus, according to…

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  • 'We stay together, or we leave this world together'

    From the rehabilitation hospital he heads, Dr. Basman Alashi can see where Gaza ends and Israel begins. If he needed a reminder of just how close the border is, it came early Friday morning, when Israel fired two "warning" rockets at the El Wafa Hospital, stoking fears that its 14 remaining patients - all elderly and all dependent on round-the-clock professional care to survive - would become the next victims of a bombing campaign that has so-far killed more than 120 people. I spoke with Dr. Alashi Saturday afternoon, and he told me about one patient whose situation sums up…

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  • Photos: Three arrested as settlers, soldiers disrupt Hebron olive harvest

    It was the first time Hashem Al Azzeh could harvest his olives in five years. Living directly next door to the Tel Rumeida settlement, which like all West Bank settlements is illegal under international law, he has faced years of harassment and violence from some of Israel's most ideological settlers. But this year, having coordinated with the proper authorities, he planned to quickly and quietly harvest the few trees standing between his house and the caravans stacked on top of each other to form the Jewish enclave just up the hill. Accompanied by a handful of International Solidarity Movement (ISM) volunteers,…

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  • For many Israelis, Rachel Corrie was a nuisance

    Since Rachel Corrie's death, the Israeli establishment has been losing patience with activists of any kind. (This op-ed was originally published in The Guardian on August 29 here and in the print edition here) The state of Israel is not to blame for the death of Rachel Corrie – this is the decision an Israeli court reached yesterday. The ruling, made by Judge Oded Gershon of the Haifa district court, may have come as a shock to some, but anyone following Israel's path on a slippery slope, particularly over the past decade, could hardly be surprised when the court literally blamed the victim…

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  • Rachel Corrie verdict: Death under IDF bulldozer was an accident

    An Israeli judge ruled Tuesday morning that the State of Israel is not to blame for the death of Rachel Corrie, an American who was killed on March 16, 2003 in the Gaza Strip when she she stood in front of an IDF bulldozer that crushed her.  The judge called her death a "regrettable accident." Rachel Corrie was in Rafah as an activist with the International Solidarity Movement, acting as a human shield to protest the demolition of Palestinian homes. She was 23 years old at the time of her death. She had arrived in Israel in January 2003 and spent two…

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  • WATCH: Palestinian violently dragged by ununiformed soldiers

    A video uploaded Tuesday by the International Solidarity movement shows a young Palestinian man being violently dragged from checkpoint 56 in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. The young men dragging him appear to be soldiers out of uniform during some sort of sport activity. I have requested comment from the IDF spokesperson and will update if I hear back. UPDATE: The IDF Spokesperson replied with this response: The video does not accurately depict the course of events that occurred yesterday. During routine activity in Hebron, a Palestinian individual refused to identify himself to soldiers following their request.…

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  • Misogynist ad campaign exposes hypocrisy within the left

    By Anonymous I was sexually assaulted by a left-wing activist last summer. The perpetrator was – and still is – a guy with all the right credentials: post-colonialist, post-Zionist, anti-capitalist, and so on. Most significantly, he considers himself a feminist. Until he assaulted me, we were friends. I had met him through my involvement in radical leftist organizations. After the assault, it took me three full days to fully comprehend what had happened and give it a name. I couldn't make sense of what had happened to me, particularly because I couldn't fathom how someone who could speak to me…

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  • Hebron teachers protest measures that keep them from school

    The IDF has suddenly decided to force Hebron school teachers to go through checkpoint metal detectors that place their health at risk. Children from the school, accustomed to settler and army harassment, have joined them in their protest at Checkpoint 56 By Ben Lorber For nearly two weeks, a group of young schoolchildren and female teachers from the Qurduba School in Hebron have been holding lessons every morning outside of Checkpoint 56, to protest increased security measures at the checkpoint. For the past seven years, teachers at the Qurtuba School have been allowed to bypass the usual metal detectors  at the checkpoint,…

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  • Why are the security forces detaining hundreds in Awarta?

    Former IDF Chief Rabbi calls for collective punishment of Palestinian villages in the West Bank In 1990, I was serving as an operations sergeant in the Dir El Balah – a town in the Gaza Strip – in the so-called Civil Administration. On Rosh Hashana of that year, a reservist soldier named Amnon Pomeranz made a fatal error and took the wrong turn. Instead of reaching the Buriej military camp, he reached the Buriej refugee camp. He panicked, drove backwards too fast, and ran over two children. He drove blindly forward, and the vehicle hit a road. An angry mob formed quickly, started throwing…

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