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  • Settler shoots and kills Palestinian during West Bank demo

    An AP photographer was also wounded by the settler, during a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. Eyewitnesses say that an altercation between demonstrators and settlers escalated into stone-throwing by the former, after which the settler drew his gun and opened fire. An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian near Huwwara in the West Bank on Thursday, during a demonstration in solidarity with an ongoing mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israel. The dead man was named by the Palestinian Ministry of Health as Mutaz Hussien Hilal Bani Shamsa, 23, according to Ma'an News Agency. [tmwinpost] The…

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  • Court orders dismissed Palestinian union organizer be returned to work

    The management at a West Bank auto repair shop tried to paint Hatem Abu Ziadeh as a 'security threat' for organizing workers. After seven months of stalling, an Israeli court finally orders he be compensated and brought back to work. Jerusalem's Labor Court ordered a Palestinian union leader who had been dismissed from his job be returned to work on Wednesday, after he was fired for organizing workers at a West Bank automobile shop. [tmwinpost] The ruling by Labor Court President, Judge Eyal Avrahami, was handed down a year and a half Hatem Abu Ziadeh was fired from the Tzarfati…

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  • Employer turns Palestinian union organizer into a 'security threat'

    Hatem Abu Ziadeh spent almost 20 years working at an auto repair shop in a West Bank industrial zone. But once he began organizing workers for better conditions, he was fired for 'security-based reasons.' In many respects, this is a painfully simple and well-known story: a veteran factory worker decides to unionize his fellow workers in order to protect their rights. All of a sudden, after many years of work, the employer remembers that the veteran is actually a poor worker who must be fired immediately. Like in innumerable cases, the employer provides a variety of reasons for the dismissal.…

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  • Why the Israeli and Palestinian media tell such different stories

    As violence against Israeli Jews declines, the Israeli media has gone back to business as usual. Palestinian newspapers, on the other hand, are full of stories of death, arrests, and all-out war.  For the past several weeks, during what the Israeli press has deemed a "wave of terror," included stabbings and extrajudicial killings in the streets, the Israeli media has accurately reflected the anxiety that has seized the public. In essence, that meant that as long as Jews were being stabbed the headlines screamed war. But the moment violence against the Jewish public receded, the Israeli media was quick to…

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  • 'The future is in the unity of Arab, migrant and Jewish workers'

    The following speech was written for Tel Aviv’s most recent social justice protest this past Saturday. While the speech was ultimately not read aloud, it has been translated for +972 with permission from the author, Wafa Tiara. Good evening to all protesters, My name is Wafa Tiara from Kufr Qara, and I am an activist in the Workers Advice Center (WAC-Ma'an). I have come with my friends and colleagues, farmers, construction workers, truck drivers, contract workers in the Antiquities Authority and educational institutions, Palestinians who work in settlements, college lecturers, young people, Jews and Arabs – in order to say…

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  • Father in "crying boy" video fined, sentenced to 3 months in prison

    Palestinian News Agency: "Water thieve" from Hebron convicted of assaulting soldiers by IDF military court Palestinian news agency Maan reports that Fadel Jaberi, the father of little Khaled Jaberi, was sentenced to three months in Israeli prison. The video of Fadel's arrest in front of the sobbing four year old Khaled received considerable media attention outside Israel in the past few weeks. Fadel and his brother Wadee were arrested during a military raid on the Jaberi farm, after the head of the family, Badran Jaberi, connected his water system to a pipe running through his fields to a nearby settlement.…

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