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  • Lost in Occupation: How Google Maps is erasing Palestine

    A new report details the ways Google Maps’ mapping process in the occupied territories serves the interests of the Israeli government, while contradicting the company's stated commitment to human rights. When Tariq Asedih plans a trip from his village near Nablus to Ramallah, Google Maps “can’t find a way” for the 36-kilometer journey. Instead, he has to navigate from a nearby Jewish settlement, and even then, the available routes direct Asedih to roads that Palestinians are not allowed to use. [tmwinpost] Not only does Google Maps not recognize Palestine (the browser instead navigates to an unlabeled area) – its entire user experience ignores…

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  • Israel is making it impossible for foreign nationals to live in the West Bank

    The new policy has devastating consequences, not only on family life in the occupied territories, but also for the Palestinian economy. By Yotam Ben-Hillel Over the past year and a half, Israel has pursued a policy which aims to keep foreign nationals out of the West Bank. This policy affects everyone: partners of Palestinian residents of the West Bank, parents of children who are West Bank residents, and people who have been working in the occupied territories for many years. It is being implemented by the Civil Administration in the settlement of Beit El, a body that operates under the command of…

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  • Prisoners in our own homes: A look at life in occupied Hebron

    Twenty-one years have passed since Baruch Goldstein entered Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs and massacred dozens of Muslim worshippers. Since then, Palestinians in the city have been placed under a harsh regime of separation and movement restriction. Some of us can't even leave our own homes. By Zleikha Muhtaseb Imagine that you are in your home, sitting on your comfortable couch, making a cup of tea or perhaps looking at the view through your window. You are safe and calm — here no one can hurt you. Now imagine that the front door of your home has been locked by…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestine Marathon promotes 'right to movement'

    Under the theme, 'Right to Movement,' some 3,200 runners criss-crossed the streets of the West Bank town of Bethlehem in the second annual Palestine Marathon. Text and photos: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org Some 3,200 runners competed in the second annual Palestine Marathon in the streets of the West Bank town of Bethlehem Friday. The race's theme, "Right to Movement," is based on Article 13 of the UN Human Rights Charter and highlights the many ways in which Palestinians' movements are restricted: by the separation wall, checkpoints, roadblocks, and other aspects of the Israeli occupation. As in last year's inaugural race, marathon runners…

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  • Photos: 'Ramadan kareem' at Jerusalem checkpoints?

    Due to a temporary relaxation in Israeli policy, many Palestinians traveled to Jerusalem through checkpoints during Ramadan this year. But now that Ramadan is over, it's back to business as usual. Every day, thousands of Palestinians circumvent the Israeli separation wall by crossing into Jerusalem without permission from Israeli authorities. Haggai Matar recently described this major flaw in the wall’s security rationale, even quoting a pro-barrier activist who admits: “There’s no problem crossing the gaps in the fence and tens of thousands of illegal workers cross it back and forth every day, and there should be no problem getting suicide…

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  • Israeli activist: Checkpoint at J'lem refugee camp form of "ethnic cleansing"

    Approximately 30 Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals gathered at the edge of Shu'fat refugee camp on Sunday to protest a new Israeli checkpoint, which opened on December 12 and that an Israeli activist likened to a form of "ethnic cleansing." Palestinian kids threw stones; Israeli police fired rubber-coated bullets at the children. A number of local Palestinian activists were reportedly arrested prior to the demonstration. The small group of protesters stood in the roundabout closest to the new checkpoint, holding signs and giving speeches. Israeli police approached and asked the group to move 20 meters back because the protesters were "bothering" them.…

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