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  • Israel cannot hide the occupation by silencing (or killing) Palestinian journalists

    The global solidarity campaign following the blinding of a Palestinian photographer by Israeli security forces is a reminder that try it might, Israel won't be able to stop Palestinian journalists from telling the story of the occupation. By Omri Najad Last Friday, Palestinian photographer Moath Amarnih headed out to document a protest by the residents of Surif in the occupied West Bank. It was the second time in two weeks that they tried to demonstrate against the theft of their land by settlers. Shortly after the nonviolent protest began, a few young men began throwing stones at Border Police officers in the…

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  • Israeli conscientious objector sentenced to 20 days in military prison

    Conscientious objector Maya Brand-Feigenbaum will serve another 20 days behind bars for her refusal to serve in the Israeli army due to its policies of occupation. By +972 Magazine Staff An IDF disciplinary body sentenced 18-year-old Israeli conscientious objector Maya Brand-Feigenbaum to 20 days in military prison on Tuesday over her refusal to serve in the military. [tmwinpost] This is the second time Brand-Feigenbaum, from the northern town of Tivon, has been sentenced for refusing to serve since she her conscription date on July 14. Upon completing her sentence, will have spent a total of 27 days behind bars. Military conscription is mandatory for most…

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  • Israeli army knew it was unnecessarily killing Gaza protesters in real time

    The Israeli army admits that it secretly changed its policy once it realized that shooting unarmed protesters in the leg was lethal. Rights group says the revelation is an admission that Israel was killing protesters without any justification. The Israeli military reportedly changed open-fire regulations for its snipers deployed along the Israel-Gaza fence after it became clear that they were unnecessarily killing unarmed Palestinian protesters, something human rights groups and others had been warning all along. [tmwinpost] Israeli snipers and sharpshooters killed 206 Palestinian demonstrators and wounded thousands of others — including children, medics, and journalists — during the Great…

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  • As it fights for its land, one Palestinian village struggles to preserve its cultural heritage

    Wedged between settlement expansion and plagued by water shortages, land confiscation, and settler violence, Wadi Fuqin's agricultural heritage is increasingly coming under threat. By Arianna Skibell Maher Manasra stood on the edge of a concrete basin and looked down at the empty agricultural pool. Green moss covered the muddy floor where small pockets of water remained. “It’s not good,” he said, shaking his head. A smattering of clouds tempered the brutal midday sun, but it was still hot, so Manasra returned to his chair beneath the shade of a large tree. The 49-year-old farmer wore a brown hat and work boots. Dirt…

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  • Israeli soldiers critically wound Palestinian child in Qaddum protests

    Israeli soldiers fire live ammunition at anti-occupation protesters in Kufr Qaddum, critically wounding a 10-year-old child. By +972 Magazine Staff A 10-year-old Palestinian child is in critical condition after Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition at an anti-occupation protest in Kufr Qaddum on Friday. Abdul Rahman Yaser Shtewi was shot in the head with a live bullet and is undergoing surgery at Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, according to a Facebook statement by the Palestinian Health Ministry. [tmwinpost] Dozens of protesters — mainly residents of the village joined by some international and Israeli activists — were demonstrating against the Israeli army’s closure of their main…

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  • The price Mizrahim pay for serving in the Israeli army

    Mizrahim are forced to carry out the dirty work of the occupation, coming face to face with their Palestinian subjects in the West Bank. It doesn't have to be this way. It is hard to know for sure what kind of considerations are at the heart of the growing crisis between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman, which may result in snap elections, should they not be able to form a coalition together. [tmwinpost] But there is something almost ludicrous about the fact that they are unable to agree upon an issue that, in all respects, is one of…

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  • Israeli army sentences conscientious objector to 30 days behind bars

    Roman Levin will serve another 30 days in military prison for refusing to continue his military service due to his opposition to the occupation. By +972 Magazine An IDF disciplinary body sentenced Israeli conscientious objector Roman Levin to 30 days in military prison last week for his refusal to continue serving in the military. [tmwinpost] Upon completing his current sentence, he will have served a total of 80 days behind bars. Military conscription is mandatory for most Jewish Israelis. Levin, 19, from the city of Bat Yam just south of Tel Aviv, immigrated to Israel with a few members of his family from…

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  • Israel to pay photographers attacked by IDF soldiers in Nabi Saleh

    Two photographers, one Israeli and one Palestinian, were attacked and had stones thrown at them by Israeli officers and soldiers in 2015. Despite sending one the officers to jail, the state had said the journalists 'led a riot,' a claim it retracted as part of the settlement. Israel has agreed to pay compensation to two photojournalists who were attacked by two Israeli soldiers, including a commissioned officer, in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh four years ago. The state had initially claimed that the pair had led violent riots that day, despite clear video evidence to the contrary, first published…

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  • 'The entire world knows the settlers have declared war on us'

    In the occupied West Bank, Palestinians living near extremist settlements have been seeing a drastic increase in violence. Israeli authorities refuse to take responsibility, while the villagers are left to fend for themselves. By Rami Younis and Oren Ziv This past year was, by all accounts, a difficult one for Palestinians living near settlements in the West Bank. According to data provided by the Palestinian Authority’s Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee, 2018 saw 614 settler attacks against Palestinians, ranging from property damage to stone throwing and lethal assault. This constitutes an increase of 217 percent compared to the previous year; 2017 saw 284 incidents of assault, while…

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  • A spike in censorship: Israel censored on average one news piece a day in 2018

    The IDF Censor prohibited the publication of more news reports last year than in almost any other year this decade. While fewer articles were submitted for review than in previous years, the percentage of stories that were partially or fully censored was significantly higher. Israel's military censor prohibited the publication of 363 news articles in 2018, more than six a week, while partially or fully redacting a total of 2,712 news items submitted to it for prior review. According to the data, provided in response to a freedom of information request filed by +972 Magazine, Local Call, and the Movement for…

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  • How to turn human rights activists into 'traitors' in a few easy steps

    The Israeli right's years-long effort to portray Breaking the Silence as traitors fell flat on its face this last week. Will the media or the politicians who incited against them apologize? One day in the future, when high school students learn about the transformation of Israel from a nationalistic fortress state into a fascistic one, an entire chapter will be dedicated to the persecution of left-wing activists and human rights groups. The chapter will describe at length the role of three central bodies in this destructive process: extreme-right organizations, the media, and politicians from across the political spectrum. [tmwinpost] One of the lessons,…

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  • Conscientious objector released from military prison after 104 days

    Adam Rafaelov refused to serve in the IDF due to his opposition to Israel's policies in the occupied territories. 'My struggle for exemption is over, but the struggle for freedom and equality for all people between the river and the sea continues.' By +972 Magazine Staff The Israeli army discharged conscientious objector Adam Rafaelov on Tuesday after imprisoning him for 104 days for refusing to be drafted due to his opposition to the occupation. [tmwinpost] Rafaelov, 18, from Kiryat Motzkin in northern Israel, was sent to prison a total of eight times since July of last year, when he was first…

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  • IDF admits teen didn't commit crime, locks him up for Facebook post anyway

    The Israeli army is holding Anwar Makhtoob in administrative detention for two six-month-old Facebook posts. The military prosecutor admits there isn't even a suspicion that he had committed a crime. The Israeli army arrested Anwar Makhtoob, an 18-year-old Palestinian, over several old Facebook posts two weeks ago. The military prosecutor readily admitted that there wasn’t even a suspicion that he had committed a crime, but instead of releasing him, as one might expect, the prosecution and the judge decided to keep him in prison, so that he could be put in administrative detention. [tmwinpost] On December 31, 2018, Mahktoob’s uncle…

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