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  • Military court sends leading Palestinian nonviolent activist to prison

    Munther Amirah is the chairman of the Palestinian Popular Committees in the West Bank. The terms of his sentence will make it impossible for him to continue organizing non-violent protests against the occupation. By Yael Marom An Israeli military court sentenced Munther Amirah, one of the leading figures in the Palestinian popular struggle in the West Bank, to six months in prison on Wednesday. Amira was arrested in Bethlehem on December 27, 2017, during a demonstration against Trump's declaration to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and in support of Ahed Tamimi. [tmwinpost] Like Tamimi, Amirah was denied bail and…

  • The end of the Netanyahu era is an unexpected gift to Mahmoud Abbas

    Both Trump and Netanyahu had hoped to sideline the Palestinian leader. But with Bibi plagued by scandal after scandal, Abbas is now back in control. By Menachem Klein Mahmoud Abbas should send two bouquets of flowers: one to Israeli Police Chief Roni Alsheikh, and one to Shlomo Filber, currently a state’s witness in a corruption case that may implicate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Alsheikh and Filber have turned Netanyahu into a lame duck on his shameful journey out of Israeli politics. In doing so, they also foiled the “deal of the century” that Trump intended to present to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this coming…

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  • The Middle East nearly disappeared from U.S. media coverage in 2017

    Allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. elections dominated the news cycle last year. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict hardly made a dent, confirming that the American public no longer cares a great deal about the issue. By Jim Lobe Except for the ongoing war in Syria, coverage of the Middle East by the evening news programs of the three big U.S. networks virtually disappeared in 2017, according to the latest annual compilation by the authoritative Tyndall Report. [tmwinpost] Russia and Russian-related events — as in the allegations of Moscow’s meddling in U.S. elections — ranked as the top story of the year, while…

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  • The violent repercussions of Trump's declaration

    Trump's speech sparked a new blood feud that claims the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians, unleashing forces destined to kill even more. Israel was reeling this week after a shooting attack Tuesday evening that killed a 35-year old father of six near the West Bank outpost where he lived, called Havat Gilad. Although Rabbi Raziel Shevach lived in a community not even recognized under Israeli law, he was also a civilian: at the time of the shooting, he was not in a situation of active combat, and as far as is known, he was unarmed. His life in that…

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  • Trump’s threats against the Palestinians should worry Israel

    The Netanyahu government is celebrating Trump's recent declaration and threats against the Palestinians as victories, but Jerusalem should wait before opening the champagne.  The Trump Administration on Tuesday threatened to withhold millions of dollars in aid that it sends to the Palestinians each year, accusing them of not wanting to negotiate a peace deal with Israel. Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. would stop funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) — the UN agency responsible for providing aid to Palestinian refugees — if the Palestinian leadership refuses to return to American-led peace talks. Washington…

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  • Israel arrests three leading Palestinian activists in West Bank

    Israeli forces arrest Manal Tamimi, Jamil Barghouti, and Munther Amira, three prominent activists in the nonviolent struggle against the occupation. By Yael Marom The Israeli army arrested a number of prominent activists in the Palestinian popular struggle over the past few days, during protests against President Trump's declaration on Jerusalem, and the arrests of members of the Tamimi family. [tmwinpost] On Thursday, an Israeli military court decided to extend Ahed and her mother Nariman Tamimi's detention by five more days. The court also called to release their family member, Nur, on condition, though it then called to delay the release by…

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  • Israeli official threatens German activists: 'We know who you are'

    After an Israeli flag was burned at a Berlin protest, the head of international relations for Israel's Ministry of Intelligence Services says Germany's pro-Palestine activists must 'live in fear.' By Inna Michaeli In the Ministry of Intelligence Services there is one person responsible for international relations. That same person is also currently threatening the citizens of Germany. On December 15, Arye Sharuz Shalicar published a status on his personal Facebook page, in which he shared a report from the German newspaper Welt on Israeli security forces using live fire to disperse a protest on the outskirts of Ramallah. The protests in Palestine, against Trump's declaration…

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  • How Trump energizes deniers of Palestinian independence

    Taking their cues from the American president, right-wingers like Bret Stephens argue that the Palestinians don't deserve a state. Here's why they're wrong. President Trump could have made a tremendous statement last week had he recognized the claims of both Israel and the Palestinians to a capital in Jerusalem. Instead, he reinforced Israel’s already disproportionate advantage in the conflict. Right-wing hawks then took it further, seizing on his statement to revive the dusty arguments rejecting of Palestinian statehood altogether. [tmwinpost] Conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens provides Exhibit A, with his decree that Palestinians have not proved sufficiently worthy of…

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  • The limits of the Palestinian struggle in Gaza

    Gaza-based journalist Saud Abu Ramadan talks to +972 about the limits that Palestinian protesters face in Gaza and asks, how, under the existing conditions, the residents of Gaza are supposed to resist. Saud Abu Ramadan is a Palestinian journalist based in Gaza. On July 30, 2014, his office on the eighth floor of the Al Basha tower was destroyed by Israeli tank shelling, an experience he spoke to +972 about at the time. On Saturday, he gave his perspective on the latest developments in Gaza, where four people have been killed by Israeli forces since Thursday.   Thirty years to the day after they…

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