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  • Mainstreaming administrative detention

    Israel is currently imprisoning over 350 Palestinians and three Jewish Israelis without trial and with no way of defending themselves against charges they often aren't even allowed to see. As Palestinians demand international intervention, Israeli lawmakers move to codify the practice. Activists in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday demanded that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) intervene on behalf of Palestinians being held by Israel in administrative detention. Administrative detention is a practice, taken from British Mandate law, which Israel uses to detain Palestinians (and some Jews) without charge or trial — indefinitely. [tmwinpost] Administrative detention…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinian journalist held in administrative detention

    Israel is currently imprisoning and detaining 20 Palestinian journalists, group says. Photos and text by Ahmad Al-Bazz/ Activestills.org Palestinian journalists and activists protested against the administrative detention of Palestinian journalist Amin Abu Wardeh earlier this week. The demonstrators stood outside the Red Cross offices in the West Bank city of Nablus and demanded that the organization intervene and help release him. Israel is currently imprisoning and detaining 20 Palestinian journalists, according to the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate. Abu Wardeh was also arrested in 2011 and held under administrative detention for 10 months. He runs the Asda' news website. Israeli forces arrested Abu…

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  • Gaza war diary II: No one is safe, everyone is a target

    Walid Abuzaid offers a look into the everyday reality of living in Gaza during the current violence. As the fighting worsens, he asks why Palestinians should settle when they haven't got the rights they deserve. By Walid Abuzaid Thursday, July 17 It’s 10 p.m. when the power finally returns. The electricity has been down since 11 p.m. last night. The power company said the electricity lines were down during the bombardments and that there’ll only be six hours of electricity every day. I turn on the water heater so I can finally shower in the morning, since Eimar is asleep…

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  • PHOTOS: Scenes of devastation from deadliest day in Gaza

    Israel bombards the Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiyeh, killing at least 66, with the toll expected to rise.  Photos by: Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org Text by: Noa Yachot [WARNING: This post includes graphic photos.] Israel stepped up its air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip on Sunday, resulting in the deadliest day since the assault  began on July 8. A total of 87 Palestinians were reported dead, with the toll expected to rise. Thirteen Israeli soldiers were also killed Sunday while fighting inside Gaza. A vast majority of the Palestinian deaths were in Shujaiyeh, a neighborhood in the east…

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  • Why won't the army stop the theft of Palestinian trees?

    Time and time again, the saplings in the West Bank village Sinjil are stolen by Israeli settlers. Meanwhile, the army turns the other cheek, neglecting its obligation to protect the occupied population under its rule. By Yesh Din (written by Yossi Gurvitz) In early January 2014, after wandering the bureaucratic desert for over a year, the International Red Cross and the residents of Sinjil in the West Bank managed to get permission to plant 7,500 trees in the northern side of the village. Their joy didn't last long: settlers began targeting the new saplings almost immediately. The first attack occurred…

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  • After years of false promises, time to close Guantanamo

    It has been five years since President Barack Obama promised to close the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention center - and yet 155 prisoners remain imprisoned under harsh conditions. By [Author's name redacted] Five years ago yesterday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The facility has not closed, and as of today, 155 detainees are still imprisoned there. So what's the story? Established in January 2002 following the September 11th attacks, the Guantanamo Bay detention camp has become a large holding facility for hundreds of people. Detainees there were captured as part of the notorious "War…

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  • PHOTO: French diplomat at the feet of Israeli troops

    A French diplomat and several of her European colleagues were manhandled today by Israeli troops near the recently demolished village of Khirbet al-Makhul in the West Bank, Reuters said. The diplomats were accompanying a truck of tents and emergency aid supplies, and the French diplomat, Marion Castaing, was physically dragged out of the truck and thrown to the ground in disregard of her diplomatic immunity. The troops then confiscated the truck and drove it away. A picture, below, taken by an eyewitness at the scene (who wishes to remain anonymous) and sent to The National correspondent Hugh Naylor shows Castaing lying at the…

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  • Consensus wisdom: The boycott of Israel is working

    The only way to stop its spread is to end the occupation, say a growing number of prominent voices (none of whom, by the way, support the boycott).   From reading my digital mail, I see that a lot of people who say they oppose the occupation also oppose the boycott against Israel, and not only on moral grounds, but for practical reasons as well. It won't work, they say, it won't convince anyone, it'll have a boomerang effect by making Israel even more intransigent. I've made my arguments against the moral objections to the boycott (here, here and here),…

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