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  • Army arrests Palestinian teen for hurting soldiers' masculinity

    How one IDF raid turned a Palestinian teenager into a heroine overnight.  By Yael Marom The IDF Spokesperson was clearly excited to publish the details of a complicated military operation that took place Tuesday morning: under the cover of darkness, Israeli Border Police broke into the Tamimi family’s home and arrested 17-year-old Ahed, taking her in for interrogation. The Israeli forces arrived at the family’s home fully armed; however, their most important weapon was their camera. The goal: to win back some of the army’s masculinity, wounded a few days after a video surfaced of the rebellious girl attempting push soldiers out of…

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  • Why I Refuse: On God/love, nonviolence and the occupation

    'The Occupation is anti-God, anti-Love and staggeringly, constantly violent.' Why I refuse to serve in the IDF. My name is Moriel Zachariah Rothman. I am 23 years old and live in Jerusalem. I lived for most of my life in the United States, but I was born in Jerusalem (and am Jewish) and have thus been an Israeli citizen since birth. As such, I am, like [most] other Israeli Jews, expected to serve in the IDF. I moved back to Jerusalem last year, and I recently received a draft notice from the IDF. After much thinking, wrestling and searching, and…

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  • Backed by court, East Jerusalem settlement expands into Palestinian home

    In Israel, a settler's pre-1948 property claim provides legal grounds for the takeover of private Palestinian land. The property deeds of scores of Palestinians are disregarded, because there is one set of laws for Jews and another for Palestinians. Separate and unequal. By Moriel Rothman Last month, as last minute wrangling over the Democratic Party platform offered Americans a front-row seat to the farce that often accompanies discourse about Jerusalem, events in the holy city reached their own new level of absurdity, though with far more serious and immediate consequences. Early on Sunday, September 2, Jewish settlers took over a single room…

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  • WATCH: IDF night raids on two Palestinian villages in West Bank

    The Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh was raided last night (Sunday) by the IDF. Nabi Saleh, which has been conducting weekly nonviolent demonstrations since the end of 2009 against Israel's occupation and the encroaching settlement of Halamish, has been the target of repeated night raids over the last two years. In the video below, uploaded by Bilal Tamimi, you can hear the IDF shooting stun grenades into the village and see the flashes of light they give off. Towards the end of the video, you can clearly see the IDF jeeps parked in the village, some soldiers firing shots, and then they…

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  • West Bank village A-Dik joins anti-occupation protests

    Joining other West Bank villages such as  Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Beit Umar and Walajeh - where demonstrations have become part of daily life -  the residents of A-Dik invited Israeli activists to join them in first unarmed, popular, demonstration against the occupation held Friday "This is a non-violent demonstration!" the protestors cried out, their hands raised in the air. "Then don't take another step!" answered the soldiers, seconds before they hurled stun and tear gas grenades into the crowd – and stormed forward. The residents of A-Dik waited a long time before deciding to begin demonstrating in their…

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  • WATCH: brutal arrest of protesters in Nabi Saleh (West Bank)

    The demonstrations against the Occupation in Nabi Saleh have experienced major setbacks in recent months. The demonstrations been taking place for over one year despite serious military repression. The two leaders of the community, Bassem and Naji Tamimi, have both been arrested by Israeli soldiers along with 12 percent of the total population of the village. The demonstration yesterday saw eight people arrested among reckless and violent Israeli army behaviour. Friday's demonstration was joined by a solidarity group of March 15ths activists and was larger than usual. The March 15th movement- which has been demanding unity and an end to…

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  • "Boycott from Within" making international waves

    Boycott From Within is taking credit for the recent cancellation of  French pop star Vanessa Paradis’s visit to Israel. The group, made up of Israeli citizens who advocate the Palestinian call for international boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) of Israel, believes that their efforts helped persuade Paradis to cancel her March performance in Tel Aviv.  Officially, her concert was canceled for ‘professional reasons’ but those close to singer believe that she was motivated by calls for boycott. Boycott From Within sent Paradis the following letter as well as individual letters urging her to cancel her visit: We are Israeli citizens.…

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