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  • Live blog: Global protests against Israeli plans to deport refugees

    Protests are expected outside Rwandan embassies around the world Wednesday as Israel moves forward with its plan to deport tens of thousands of asylum seekers, most of whom fled Eritrea and Sudan. By +972 Magazine Staff [This live blog has ended.] Activists hope Israel's deportation plan can be stopped if Rwanda pulls out of its secret deal with Israel. Israeli officials claim they have a secret agreement with an African country — widely presumed to be Rwanda —according to which that country will accept refugees deported from Israel. Rwandan officials, however, have repeatedly denied the existence of any agreement with Israel and…

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  • Thirteen killed, no one punished: Remembering October 2000

    During a single week in October of 2000, Israeli Police shot dead 13 Palestinians — 12 of them Israeli citizens — who took to the streets to show solidarity with demonstrators in the West Bank and Gaza. The violence profoundly impacted the Palestinian community in Israel. Just as devastating, however, has been the complete absence of accountability. A series of photos circulated on social media last week showing people holding portraits of 13 young men. The 13 men were Palestinian Arabs – 12 citizens of Israel and one resident of Gaza – who were killed by Israeli Police in what became…

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  • A warrant for the repression of Israel’s Palestinian citizens

    Bentzi Sau, a candidate for the national police commissioner, has riled Palestinian citizens who continue to experience his interpretation of law enforcement: oppression and harassment. Last week, a petition issued by the global civic organization Avaaz in Arabic and Hebrew circulated on social media, showing a photograph of a man dressed in police uniform. In its description, the petition declared: “We see that the only place for [this man] is behind prison bars.” [tmwinpost] Bentzi Sau, formerly the head of the Tel Aviv district’s police department, has surfaced in the news in recent weeks as a likely candidate for the…

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  • Is the West Bank ripe for an intifada?

    Media and politicians have been quick to claim that Palestinian protests against Operation Protective Edge mark the beginning of a third intifada. But in Beit Sahour, the town that was the heart of the First Intifada, some are skeptical that today's demonstrations will turn into tomorrow's revolution.  Some ten thousand Palestinians marched from Ramallah on Thursday night to Qalandia checkpoint, in protest of Israel’s military assault on the Gaza Strip and in hopes of reaching Jerusalem. One man was killed and dozens were injured in what was the largest demonstration the West Bank has seen in years. While protesters and…

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  • WATCH: Qaddum celebrates two years of popular struggle

    Palestinians in the village Qaddum, near Nablus, hold celebrations marking two years of struggle against the annexation of their lands to the settlement of Kedumim and against the Israeli army blocking the main access road into and out of the village. http://youtu.be/OJlOgPW7NNI

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  • PHOTOS: 'Stand-still' protests quietly take over Taksim Square

    Text and photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Turkish choreographer Erdem Gunduz stood unnoticed in Taksim Square for several hours on Tuesday before his presence at Istanbul's flashpoint was announced on the social network Twitter and went viral. Hundreds soon joined his protest in solidarity. Later, Turkish police intervened, clearing the square and arresting several demonstrators. On Wednesday, hundreds came back, standing still in protest from morning until late at night.

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  • A diary of violence: Nakba Day protests in East Jerusalem

    One activist's diary of the arrests and violence that Israeli police used against Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem on Nakba Day, 2013. By Sahar Vardi Scene 1: A few dozen Palestinians march down Bab A-Zahara Street with a police van behind them, they head toward Damascus Gate for the Annual commemoration of the Nakba. Police cavalry pass the marchers, turn around, block the sidewalk on which the protesters are marching and start galloping towards them. Another line of border policeman prevents those who managed to pass from walking toward Damascus Gate, but they’re too late, half the protest is already…

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  • Violent protests are the true insult to Islam

    The real challenge facing the Muslim world today is how to stop violent protesters from becoming the face of the religion. In order to do that, we need more Muslims to get rid of their indifference and speak against the misrepresentation of Islam.  Research shows that the people behind "Innocence of Muslims," the film which disrespects Islam and the Prophet Muhammad and set off riots across the Middle East after it was uploaded to YouTube, are nothing more than a few Islalmophobic individuals. They produced a very a low cost, low quality film which aims to mock the Prophet Muhammad, and…

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  • US criticism of Egyptian military crackdown insufficient

    We are all familiar with the frequent criticisms lodged at Washington for helping to fund (via billions of dollars in aid) the Israeli military's occupation of the Palestinian territories. But where are the cries against the billions of dollars given to Egypt's military, a military now engaged in one of the most shocking crackdowns on public protest? One might expect that the Arab governments who make such criticisms when it comes to Israel would remain silent on Egypt, fearing their own destabilization. But what about the "enlightened" West? The top diplomats from the UN, the EU and the US have…

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  • Israeli society mounts resistance to assault on democracy (updated)

    This post has been updated, 21 July, 2011 When we look back on this period in Israeli history, I don't want to wonder: "why didn't Israelis fight for their democracy? Why did they stand by and let themselves be taken over by sham leaders representing repressions that belonged to the dark days of the last century? What was the birth of our state worth if it failed to guarantee us a democracy? I learned the Israeli national anthem as a child, and when I was very young, I used to choke up at the part that says "l'hiyot am hofshi…

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  • Soldiers injure journalist, 50-year-old at W. Bank demo

    One Palestinian photojournalist was attacked and detained while a 50-year-old man collapsed due to tear gas inhalation at a Beit Ummar demonstration. The protesters were calling for the release of 17-year-old Youssef Abu Maria and the boycott of settlement products. Palestinian, international and Israeli activists held a demonstration in front of the settlement of Karmei Tzur on Saturday afternoon demanding the release of 17-year-old Youssef Abu Maria and the boycott of settlement products. The demonstration was organized by PSP and the Beit Ummar Popular Committee and is part of an ongoing project of non-violent resistance in the village. The demonstration…

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