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  • 'UNRWA shouldn't be held hostage to politics'

    As the U.S. slashes the Palestinian refugee agency's budget, Netanyahu is urging it be abolished altogether. Some believe that shuttering UNRWA would somehow make the Palestinian refugee problem extinct. 'Not true,' says the agency's director in Washington. The Trump administration announced this week that it had cut by more than half its contribution to the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestinian refugees. [tmwinpost] The agency provides life-saving assistance to 80 percent of the population in Gaza, food assistance for over a million Palestinians throughout the region, and schools for over half a million children. Trump's announcement of the funding cuts…

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  • Banning the Quakers won't stop our struggle for justice in Israel-Palestine

    The American Friends Service Committee once saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, now we are being banned from entering Israel due to our support for a nonviolent struggle for equality.  By Brant Rosen Israel revealed this week a list of 20 groups from around the world it was banning from the country, due to their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. For me, the list represented more than just another news item. As staff person for one organization included on the list – the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker group dedicated to peace and social justice – this news hit home personally as well as…

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  • Yes, the right of return is feasible. Here's how

    Seventy years after the violent displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, it is time to undo the injustice and to enable whoever desires to return as equal citizens to do so, while respecting the rights and identities of all who live in Israel-Palestine. By Tom Pessah (translated by Yoni Molad) For millions of Palestinians worldwide, the right of return is a fundamental issue — the most important precondition for resolving the conflict. However, in Israel the matter is raised haphazardly and is not really dealt with seriously. Haokets recently published a series of important documents culled from the state archives, which show how the property…

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  • Four arrested in Jerusalem march against eviction of Palestinian family

    Twos hundred Israelis march against the eviction of the Shamanseh family from their home in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Passersby throw eggs, while settlers attack them with pepper spray. By Yael Marom Over 200 Israelis marched from central Jerusalem to the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah Friday to protest the eviction of a Palestinian family from their homes. The demonstrators marched on West Jerusalem's thoroughfare until they crossed over into the Palestinian neighborhood, where they were met by dozens of local Palestinian protesters. [tmwinpost] The march comes less than a week after Israeli security forces evicted the Shamanseh family from their home,…

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  • Israel evicts Palestinian family from E. J'lem home, allows settlers to take over

    After an eight-year lull in evictions, Israeli authorities kick out the Shamanseh family from their home in Sheikh Jarrah. They had been living in the neighborhood for over 50 years. By Yael Marom Israeli security forces evicted a Palestinian family from their home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah Tuesday morning, the first such eviction in eight years, allowing Israeli settlers to take over the property. [tmwinpost] Large police forces arrived at the Shamanseh family home at 6.a.m., along with a large truck to carry their belongings, following days of police visits to help prepare for the eviction. Three settlers swiftly entered the…

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  • What would happen if Palestinian refugees could return?

    One of the biggest remaining gaps between the Israeli and Palestinian positions has always been the fate of Palestinian refugees, millions of whom live in refugee camps across the region. So what happens when regular Palestinians and Israelis get together to talk about the fate of the refugees — in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square?

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  • The untold story of the Palestinian refugees who managed to return

    As opposed to the hundreds of Palestinian villages whose residents were expelled in 1948 and were not permitted to return, the residents of Wadi Fukin managed to come back — under the nose of the Israeli radar. And yet, despite the joy over being able to return, the villagers are still living under a regime of occupation and discrimination, surrounded on all four sides by settlements. 

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  • What we choose to ignore about the 1967 War

    The sins of the 1967 War are still with us. Not only in the continuing crime of the occupation and the new victims it takes, but also in the unanswered questions and the still unaccounted for victims. By James J. Zogby In June of 1967, I was in the midst of my final weeks in college when the war broke out. At the time, I knew little about the Middle East, since I was more engaged in the anti-war and civil rights movements. And so as I watched the UN Security Council debates that preceded and followed the war, I…

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  • WATCH: Palestinians visit ruins of village destroyed during Nakba

    Descendants of Palestinians who were expelled from the village of Ma'alul during the Nakba visit the site of their former home to celebrate Easter in the church there — one of the few buildings left standing after the Israeli army destroyed the locality. Read more: Mapping the Palestinian villages erased and replaced with Jewish towns Israel is still unable to deal with the catastrophe of 1948 Israel aims new Nakba-style weapon at Arab citizens

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  • Israel is still unable to deal with the catastrophe of 1948

    The fact that Israel is unable to swallow or get rid of the territories it occupied in 1967, makes it far more difficult for the state to recognize the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians during the 1948 War.  By Oren Barak Why does the State of Israel, which just celebrated 69 years of independence, struggle to deal with the unpleasant events in its distant past, especially not the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe in the 1948 War? [tmwinpost] Professor Avraham Sela and Professor Alon Kadish, two top scholars of the 1948 War from Hebrew University, recently published a book titled "The War of 1948:…

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  • Trump’s Muslim ban is eerily similar to Israel's refugee policies

    As President Trump seeks to maintain white Christian hegemony, the Jewish state can serve as a case study of nationalism run amuck — and what that means for the 'others' who live there. Israel’s founding premise that it would be a “Jewish and democratic” state has always meant that if the state wants to remain democratic it must maintain a Jewish majority. Artificially maintaining a certain ethno-religious majority has led Israel to take some decidedly undemocratic measures against various minority populations. [tmwinpost] In the United States these days, President Donald Trump is also seeking to maintain a particular ethno-religious hegemony —…

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  • One destroyed village and the ghosts of the past

    For decades, Jews and Palestinians alike would wander through the abandoned village of al-Walaja, encountering ghosts of the past, and facing the intimacy of a stranger’s home. By Natasha Dudinski A spring walk in Nahal Refaim. Blue sky, cheerful sun, red anemones, white almond trees, and the rocky green Jerusalem hills. It is the most beautiful part of the year, filled with hopes for something new; groups of weekend hikers dot the valley’s trails. I follow my own unbeaten path, zigzagging between the present and the past. [tmwinpost] The three stone houses along the road are there regardless of the season.…

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  • Trapped 'from fence to fence' in Gaza

    Not only are these borders artificially drawn, they highlight the utter insanity of fencing an entire population in the world’s largest open-air prison simply because of Israel’s need to maintain a Jewish demographic majority. By Jehad Abu Salim Summer days are long, but in Gaza, they are longer than one might think. They get even longer when the electricity and the internet are shut off, which is most of the time. This had been my daytime nightmare ever since Israel imposed its siege on the Gaza Strip in 2007. To escape it, you could read or visit a friend to talk to, but when…

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