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  • Palestinian women lead latest march on Israel-Gaza border

    This was the first time since the start of the Great Return demonstrations, during which Israeli snipers have killed well over 100 and wounded thousands, that the march was led by women. By Meron Rapoport Thousands of Palestinian women took part in march on the border fence separating the Gaza Strip and Israel on Tuesday, in one of the largest such demonstrations to take place since the Great Return March began on March 30. It was also the first time since the start of the Great Return demonstrations, during which Israeli snipers have killed well over 100 and wounded thousands, that…

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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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  • Live Blog: Israeli troops open fire on Gaza Return March

    Ahead of Nakba Day, marking 70 years since the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem, tens of thousands in Gaza were expected to march on the border, culminating 45 days of protests demanding the right of refugees to return, an end to Israel's siege. Protests were also taking place in the West Bank and Jerusalem, where the United States is opening its new embassy. [This post will be updated as events unfold. All times are local.] 9:30 p.m. The Ministry of Health in Gaza says that that the number of Palestinians killed by Israel on the Gaza border has risen…

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  • Israeli soliders open fire on Gaza protesters seventh week in a row

    One Palestinian killed and dozens evacuated to Gaza hospitals after Israeli snipers open fire on the Great Return March for the seventh consecutive week. By +972 Magazine Staff [This post will be updated as events unfold.] Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at Palestinian protesters on the border with Gaza for the seventh consecutive week. Part of the 45-day Great Return March, which began on March 30, the demonstrations are set to culminate on May 15, Nakba. [tmwinpost] At least 15,000 Palestinians took part in Friday's protests in several locations along the Gaza-Israel border fence. Israeli soldiers killed one…

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  • Gaza 'Return March' organizer: 'We'll ensure it doesn't escalate to violence — on our end'

    Palestinians in Gaza are planning 45 days of protests along the border with Israel leading up to the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, and they fear Israeli troops may open fire. One of the organizers speaks to +972 Magazine about why he believes hundreds of thousands of people will show up, and what message he'd like to send to Israelis. A few minutes before I spoke with Hasan al-Kurd Monday night, Israel’s prime-time nightly news led with story about the march of return al-Kurd and other Palestinian activists in Gaza are planning along the border of the besieged territory this…

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  • WATCH: Palestinians mark Nakba on both sides of Green Line

    Both the March of Return in al-Kabri and a Nakba Day demonstration in Ramallah were held to mark 69 years since the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes. Read more: Mapping the Palestinian villages erased and replaced with Jewish towns How we learned to forget the villages we destroyed Fighting occupation must not blind us from remembering the Nakba

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  • WATCH: What do Palestinians on hunger strike want?

    For the past four weeks, over 1,600 Palestinian prisoners have refused to eat in protest of their conditions inside Israeli jails. But what are they actually demanding?  Mohammed Matry, a former political prisoner, talks about the prisoners' strike in which he participated in the 1980s, Israel policy of forced feeding, and the basic demands of Palestinian prisoners today. Related: How hunger strike could bring Palestinian prisoners back to the fore PHOTOS: Palestinians protest in support of hunger-striking prisoners

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  • 'Israel has never recognized its Palestinian citizens'

    Thousands of Palestinians participated in the March of Return on Tuesday, gathering at the site of the destroyed village of Al-Kabri in the Galilee. Below is a translated transcript of the speech given by Anat Matar, a member of the Israeli Committee for Palestinian Prisoners, at the event.  By Anat Matar I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to speak to you today. We’re said to be in an age in which the truth is unimportant. But the truth is unimportant only for those who have something to hide, who refuse to give up their power should the truth come…

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  • Nakba Day attests to the power of our grandparents’ stories

    For young Palestinians, Nakba Day is dedicated to remembering the catastrophes that our grandparents went through. But with every passing year, we realize how much the day belongs to our catastrophes too. My maternal grandfather was born in 1929. Although Alzheimer’s disease eroded his memory during the later years of his life, he had a surprising knack for recalling his experiences growing up in Haifa under the British mandate of Palestine. He described the open plains he crossed with friends to swim at the beach; the diplomats and missionaries who traveled through Haifa’s German Colony; and the port and railway…

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  • Recognizing the grief of the Nakba

    In appointing itself the gatekeeper of historical memory, Israel has shackled the promotion of its own narrative to the suppression of the Palestinian narrative. A few years ago I took part in a class about the Armenian genocide at Toronto University with students from around the world, including several Armenian and Turkish participants. Three of the Armenian students were sitting opposite me during the seminar. Within about 15 minutes of the lecturer beginning to speak, they broke down crying, one by one. Seeing their distress, one of our Turkish classmates, A., also began to weep. It was a stark visual…

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  • I lost my Palestinian flag on the March of Return

    I went down to the Negev to participate in this year's Nakba Day events. The fact that it's the 68th year and little has changed depressed me; the sense of unity and the bubbly optimism of some of the activists encouraged me. "I will not come with you to the march!" my adolescent son exclaimed. "I'll sit at home and watch it. Wasn't our home taken away from us during the Nakba? So here. You go, and take your little boy who doesn't understand anything, and leave me alone." "Don't you support the right of return?" I ran after him…

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  • To return, we must feel what our grandparents went through

    So what if we didn't liberate Palestine on our rain-soaked March of Return? Each and every one of us got a little taste of what life was like for our forefathers in 1948. There is no doubt that this year's "March of Return" was the most difficult, physically and mentally, of these past years. The inclement weather forecasts did not deter thousands from coming to Hadatha, a small village located on the road between Kfar Tavor and Tiberias. We decided to leave early, after last year's march in Lubya, when we were stuck in traffic for three hours right outside…

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  • Thousands return to destroyed Palestinian villages in Israel

    The March of Return, which coincides with Israeli Independence Day, calls for the right of return for Palestinians who were expelled from or fled the land in 1948.  Approximately 10,000 people of all ages — mostly Palestinian citizens of Israel — took part in the 18th annual March of Return Thursday, on the land where the destroyed Palestinian village of Hadatha once stood. Setting out under an ominous sky, the demonstrators walked across the lands of the former village, wearing keffiyehs, waving flags and singing. The looming tempest eventually broke, but the march continued unabated. [tmwinpost] The March of Return, which…

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