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  • PHOTO: 'Snow makes everyone equal for a day on Hebron's Shuhada St.'

    Since the Middle East is normally a hot and dry place without much more than heat waves for meteorologists to report, it can be quite a big story when the weather turns stormy as it did this past weekend. The magnitude of snow, which spread across the region from Jerusalem to Cairo, Homs, Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Istanbul, Bethlehem and Hebron, was a rare sight to see. Times of extreme weather like this remind me that Israel is - at least geographically - an integral part of the Middle East. That there were once open roads and railways that connected Damascus to…

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  • Netanyahu's lesson from killing of Israeli soldier in Hebron: Fortify occupation

    Just hours after an Israeli soldier was shot to death by a Palestinian sniper in Hebron Sunday, while the body was still warm, Prime Minister Netanyahu declared that settlers should inhabit more and more of the occupied West bank city. As Haaretz reported, Netanyahu said: Anyone who tries to uproot us from the city of our patriarchs will achieve the opposite. We will continue to fight terrorism… with one hand, while strengthening the settlement with the other. And in that one paradoxical statement lies most of the problem. How and why does Israeli leadership seek to continue strengthening the settlements -…

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  • Women challenge segregation of Hebron street in direct action

    Palestinian, Israeli and international women activists dressed in traditional Palestinian garb attempted to walk down Shuhada street, Hebron's main commercial thoroughfare. After only a few minutes, they were stopped by soldiers, and seven people were arrested in total. By Noa Shaindlinger A group of Israeli and international female activists joined Palestinian women on Wednesday in a direct action in Hebron to protest the ongoing ban on Palestinian freedom of movement on Shuhada street. The street, which was once the lively commercial centre of Hebron, was closed off to Palestinian vehicular traffic after the 1994 massacre of 29 Muslims in the…

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