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  • Court to decide fate of Palestinian villages in 'Firing Zone 918'

    Hundreds of Palestinians in the south Hebron hills are living under the fear of imminent displacement because the Israeli army says it wants to conduct live-fire drills on their village lands. Israel's High Court of Justice on Wednesday will hear the case of eight Palestinian villages fighting looming demolition and displacement by the Israeli army in an area the military has designated a live-fire zone. [tmwinpost] The area in question, Firing Zone 918, has become a flashpoint in ongoing Israeli attempts to push smaller, rural Palestinian communities off their land across the West Bank in the past several decades. The…

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  • WATCH: Struggling for human rights under the threat of demolitions

    The people of Umm el-Kheir, a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank, live under the constant threat of demolitions carried out by Israeli forces, as well as harassment from the army and settlers. On International Human Rights Day, residents and activists spoke about the struggle to access basic rights under occupation. Read more: Home demolitions are organized state violence Finding Sisyphus in the South Hebron Hills

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  • West Bank demolitions displace 1,500 Palestinians in 2016

    Israel ramped up its practice of demolishing Palestinian structures in the West Bank this year, destroying more than twice as many as it did in 2015. The number of Palestinian structures Israel has destroyed in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has passed the 1,000 mark for the year, according to data from the UN humanitarian agency. As of the end of November, Israeli authorities had demolished 1,051 structures, displacing 1,569 Palestinians. [tmwinpost] This represents, with a month of the year left to go, a doubling of the equivalent number from 2015, during which Israel demolished 544 Palestinian structures in the West…

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  • Finding Sisyphus in the South Hebron Hills

    'I have the distinct feeling that the next time we come back, none of what we are building will be here.' By Sarah Stern I run my hands over small jagged stones, turning over rubble and finding bits of fuzz, broken marble, plastics cups…remains of day-to-day life. I realize there’s something a bit Sisyphean to what we’re doing. I scoop up a pile of rocks and dump it into a bucket, pouring these into the inside of a makeshift wall alongside other Ashkenazi Jews, bright red, oppressed here only by the sun. [tmwinpost] We are working with Palestinians from a…

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  • Israeli demolitions leave 53 Palestinians homeless

    Israeli authorities have demolished more Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank thus far in 2016 than in any other calendar year in the last decade. Israeli authorities destroyed 33 structures, 20 of them homes, across the West Bank since the beginning of August. The demolitions have left 53 people, including 25 minors, homeless, according to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. The demolitions began on August 4th in the Al-Mu’arrajat community in the Jordan Valley, where four homes were destroyed and 14 people were left homeless. On August 8 authorities bulldozed two homes in the village Fasayil in the Jordan Valley,…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinians of Susya return to village they were expelled from

    North American and European activists from the Center for Jewish Non-Violence accompany the Palestinian residents of Susya to the site of their former village, from which they were expelled three decades ago. A group of American and European Jews on Thursday accompanied Palestinian residents of Susya to the former site of their village, from which they were expelled 30 years ago and which today is an Israeli-administered archeological park. Many of the 80 Palestinian residents of Susya who took the trip on Thursday had never been back to the site of their former village, where much of the older generation was born…

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  • Under occupation, Palestinian teens are always killed by 'mistake'

    More occupation means demolishing more homes. It means more families who will wake up in the middle of the night. It means killing more Palestinian teenagers. Because we have the power, the weapons, and the law at our disposal. By Hagai El-Ad A few hours before Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told members of the EU Parliament that "the current diplomatic, political and regional conditions do not allow Israelis and Palestinians to reach a permanent peace agreement" a few weeks ago, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 15-year-old Mahmoud Badran. They also "mistakenly" wounded four of his friends, who had just come back…

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  • What are settlers doing at the 'March for Equality?'

    Israeli settlements enjoy preferential, subsidized budgets, and play an integral role in a system of segregation and dispossession. Who let them join the ‘March for Equality’ with Israel's most underserved and disadvantaged communities?  Israeli social activists and local government leaders began a march on Jerusalem this week, the March for Equality, demanding equality in state funding for social and educational services in their underserved communities in Israel's economic and geographic peripheries. As the marchers progressed along their way from the Negev desert to Jerusalem, they were joined by members of Knesset, the head of the country’s largest labor union, and…

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  • WATCH: Israel Prize winner on why he's giving prize money to Ta'ayush

    Prof. David Shulman won Israel's most prestigious prize. He's giving the prize money to one of Israel's most dedicated — and persecuted — activist groups. Here's why. I often get comments, specifically from family members, that I never write anything positive about Israel. So here is something positive. Prof. David Shulman, Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who just received the Israel Prize in Religious Studies for his work on Indian languages and culture, decided to donate his prize money (NIS 75,000, or about $20,000) to Ta'ayush, the group of Israeli activists who engage in non-violent…

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  • WATCH: Living in the looming shadow of expulsion

    'Firing Zone 918' in the south Hebron hills is home to around 1,300 Palestinians, most of whom live in caves or shacks and make their living from agriculture and shepherding. Since 1999, the residents have been living under threat of demolition, dispossession, and eviction after the IDF has declared their land a fire zone. On Wednesday, residents of one village will head to the High Court of Justice to appeal the decision to expel them from their homes.

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  • IDF destroys 20 Palestinian structures in West Bank 'firing zone'

    The army exploits a break-down in a court-ordered mediation to demolish buildings in 'Firing Zone 918.' Israel has been trying to evict impoverished Palestinian communities from their lands for over 15 years — in order to save a few bucks on military trainings. Israeli military forces demolished over 20 structures in the Palestinian villages of Khirbet Jenbah and Hawala Tuesday morning. In the early afternoon, Israel’s Supreme Court issued an interim injunction until a hearing can be held next week. Some 1,000 Palestinians in eight villages live in what the Israeli army has declared 'Firing Zone 918' in the South…

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  • It's open season on anyone opposing the occupation

    There is a campaign being carried out against anyone actively opposing the occupation in Israel, and it doesn’t matter if you’re an activist in the field, a human rights attorney or a former soldier talking about what you were ordered to do. "Activists from the shady organization, "Ta'ayush," who we tracked from within and outside, behind closed doors and during clashes on Saturdays, are going to fall one by one. Don't worry friends. We will finish off Ezra Nawi and move on to Guy Butavia… and many others." That message was published and quickly spread on Facebook following the arrest…

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  • Israeli authorities arrest two more human rights activists

    A sweeping gag order has been issued on all details of the cases. Two human rights activists, an Israeli and a Palestinian, were arrested late Tuesday night. The Palestinian activist was arrested by Israeli army forces at his home in the South Hebron Hills and was transferred to the police for questioning. A sweeping gag order has been issued on details of each of the cases, and all hearings have been held behind closed doors. Beyond specific gag orders, Israeli law bars the publication of any identifying information about a suspect for 48 hours after their arrest or before they are indicted…

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