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Two Palestinians, one of them a teenager, are killed on the 14th Friday protest in Gaza – Mondoweiss



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Two Palestinians, including Young People, were Murdered in Gaza on March 14
GAZA CITY (Ma'n) June 29 – Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and hundreds were killed violated the demonstration "Great March of Return" at the eastern border of the Gaza Strip on Friday . The Gaza Ministry of Health confirmed that the 14-year-old boy Yasser Abu al-Najja succumbed to injuries sustained during demonstrations in eastern Khan Younis in southern Gaza on Friday night. Later on Friday, the ministry also confirmed that Muhammad Fawzi Muhammad al-Hamaydeh 24 also succumbed to his injuries, which he suffered on Friday afternoon in protests in eastern Rafah, also in southern Gaza, in his stomach and legs. More than four hundred other Palestinians were injured or suffered tear gas when Israeli troops attacked demonstrators on the eastern border of the Gaza Strip on the 1

4th Friday of the Great March of Return. Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said 415 Palestinians were injured or injured or inhaled tear gas. Al-Qidra added that three of the injuries were reported as critical.
Protesters gathered in "repatriation camps" on the eastern border of the Gaza Strip and set tires on fire. However, witnesses reported that the Israeli forces in the city of Khuza & # 39; a in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip had opened live ammunition in protesters. A Ma'an reporter said that several youths were able to remove parts of the Israeli security fence in eastern Khan Younis.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780303

Palestinian child dies from severe wounds suffered at dawn
IMEMC June 28 – Palestinian Ministry of Health has confirmed that a child died on Thursday afternoon from severe wounds he suffered at daybreak after Israeli soldiers fired several shells Palestinians east of Rafah in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, said the slain child, identified as Abdul-Fattah Mustafa Abu 'Azzoum 17, suffered severe head injuries caused by fragments of an Israeli grenade. He was taken to the Abu Yousef Najjar Hospital in Rafah, where he underwent an urgent operation but later succumbed to his injuries in intensive care. Another Palestinian was also injured in the Israeli attack and suffered moderate to severe wounds on various parts of his body. The Israeli army claimed that the two Palestinians "crawled onto the border fence" as the soldiers fired a grenade at them.
http://imemc.org/article/palestinian-child-this-from-serious-wounds- -buffered-in-the-dawn /

Israeli soldiers kidnap an injured child, injuring four others, a serious, in Gaza
IMEMC-JUNE 28 – Israeli soldiers shot dead Wednesday night five Palestinians including one child near Rafah and Jabalia in the southern and northern parts of the Gaza Strip, kidnapping the wounded child. One of the injured Palestinians suffered serious injuries.
Medical sources reported that soldiers shot and killed protesters on Palestinian land near the "border fence" east of Rafah in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, injuring four of them. They explained that the injured Palestinians were taken to Abu Yousef Najjar Hospital and added that one of them had suffered life-threatening wounds.
In addition, the soldiers abducted a 15-year-old child after they shot him on Palestinian land near the city fence, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip
http://imemc.org/article Israeli-soldiers-abduct-a-wounded-child-injure-for-others-one-seriously-in-gaza /

Israel claims it has foiled an infiltration attempt, reports of four wounded in the Gaza Strip
Haaretz 27 June of Jack Khoury – A Palestinian who wanted to illegally invade Israel from Gaza in a group was wounded IDF fire on Wednesday said the Israeli military. According to the IDF, the Palestinian was brought to Israel for medical treatment, while the other members of the group fled back to Gaza. The IDF said hours later that three Palestinians had damaged the border fence and tried to enter Israel. Four Palestinians were reportedly injured in Israeli military fire in Gaza.
Formerly militant Palestinian groups, including the military wings of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, claimed credits for rockets deployed overnight in Israel. "All bombings will be answered with bomb attacks, we will not accept the continued IDF attacks," the groups said in a joint statement.
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-idf-says-foiled-infiltration-attempt-reports In Gaza-of-four-wounded-1.6219794

Israeli airstrikes in eastern Gaza City
GAZA CITY (Ma'nan) June 29 – Israeli military aircraft carried out airstrikes against a group of Palestinians in the east al-Zaytoun district of Gaza City in central besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday evening . A Ma'an reporter confirmed that there were no reports of injuries. According to Israeli Hebrew media, the airstrikes came in response to the dozens of incendiary bombs and dragons that were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli illegal settlements. Sources reported that on Thursday, 17 fires broke out in Israeli areas on the outskirts of the Gaza Strip, as a result of incendiary bombs and dragons.
Israel bombed a Palestinian vehicle a few days ago allegedly responding to a member of the Hamas movement by firing 13 rockets at Israeli cities in the Gaza Strip area.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780297

Israel bans condoms to enter the Gaza Strip
IMEMC / Agencies June 30 – New Israeli regulations dictate that condoms do not into the Gaza Strip, as they could be used in violent actions. The Times of Israel released a report last week titled "Condoms, Dragons, and Birthday Balloons: Dumb 'Gaza Weapons Could Lead to a Real War." According to the report, the Palestinians in Gaza are relentlessly flying a variety of flammable material flying in Israel near the Israeli-Gaza border. Hundreds of fires and millions of shekels get damaged. The Palestinians rely on the soft breeze of the Mediterranean to push their new weapons across the border. The report ignored the fact that the Israeli occupation army had killed 138 Palestinians and 14,700 injured, including women, children, doctors and journalists, in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the Great Return March in March 2018. Given their limited resources, the Palestinians rely on such an innovative way to avenge themselves. No Israeli victims were reported during the same period. Palestinians reportedly shot down 600 Gaza dragons during the Great Return March, with Israel claiming it had intercepted 400. There was an unconfirmed report that these dragons shot down 10 Israeli drones. Israel-bans condoms-from-gaza-strip /

Egypt closes Rafah border crossing for three days
RAFAH (WAFA) June 29 – Egyptian authorities announced Thursday night that they will close the Rafah border crossing the only goal from Gaza to the outside, for three days from Friday night, reports the WAFA correspondent. This is the first time the border crossing has been closed and in both directions since it was reopened at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan
http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=mXf86Ga98250413943amXf86G [19659008] Hamas delegation en route to Egypt to discuss relief in the Gaza Strip
Haaretz June 26 by Jack Khoury – Egyptians present plan for Gaza-Sinai trade zone and relax movement restrictions, reports Lebanese daily. Delegations are said to be mainly high-ranking bureaucrats in order not to hold diplomatic talks – A Hamas delegation will travel briefly to Cairo at the invitation of Egyptian intelligence officials to discuss the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. According to a report [in Arabic] in the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, the Egyptians will present a plan to build a common trade area between Gaza and northern Sinai, facilitate movement through the Rafah border crossing and allow the use of El-Arish airport. According to the report, the Egyptians intend to implement the plan even if Hamas protests against it. It has also been reported that the Egyptian intelligence service will continue its efforts to achieve reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, and they are waiting for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to respond. Hamas has not denied the report, but details of the composition of the delegation have not been given. However, a Palestinian source familiar with the details said that the delegation would consist mainly of senior officials and not diplomatic representatives. According to this source, Hamas is at least publicly concerned not to give the talks a diplomatic dimension, but it would not object to civilian projects or improvements in the economic situation of the Strip, so it sends experts to the meetings ….
https : //www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestiner/.premium-hames-delegation-heading-to-egypt-to-discuss-gaza-relief-1.6217699

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http://imemc.org/article/health-ministry-acute-depletion-in-leukemia-treatment/

Israel approves Sonnenfeld to increase power to Gaza
Ynet June 17 of Alex Fishman – Images of Gaza's residents eat Candlelight has become one of the symbols of the humanitarian crisis, but a new Israeli plan could change that situation. Israel has approved a plan to build a solar field on Israeli territory to alleviate the power crisis in the Gaza Strip. The construction of the Erez Crossing facility is being funded by private Israeli and foreign institutions. Israeli officials stress that this is a one-sided humanitarian move that is not part of an agreement with Hamas. Another idea to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza was discussed in talks between Netanyahu and representatives of the defense state. Gaza is expected to work in the Gaza area. The idea was previously rejected on the recommendation of Shin Bet, citing a serious security threat …
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5297677,00.html [19659008] In Images – Home as Hospital: Gaza Families Fight for
the Wounded
Al Jazeera June 28 by Alyona Synenko – Injured and physically disabled men have now become part of the urban landscape in Gaza under Israeli occupation – "The pain is unbearable, but I'm not trying to scream because I do not want my family to spend more money on drugs," said Omar, a 25-year-old fisherman who was injured in recent violence in Gaza , Omar's bandaged leg rests on two pillows. Metal bars and pins protrude out of the bone. On a window latch next to the bed hangs a plastic bag filled with pills. A simple room in the family house was converted into a makeshift infirmary. It's an improvisation that has become a familiar sight in many houses in Gaza. In late March, violence escalated in the Gaza border area, where dozens of dead and thousands of injured were killed, many of them with live ammunition. Hospitals overwhelmed by a number of injured people have already reached the limit of their capacity. The medical staff is constantly faced with the dilemma of either releasing patients prematurely or having no room for new patients. The burden that hospitals could not handle fell on the shoulders of the families, which already weighed down difficult lives emotionally, financially and logistically. "Someone has to be with him for 24 hours," said Abdallah, Omar's brother. Abdallah earns his living as a construction worker, but he spends most of his time looking after Omar since a bullet hit his leg on May 14th. He shares the task with Asmaa, Omar's twin sister, who had to sacrifice herself. Omar, who looks thin and exhausted, said he knows the burden he puts on his family: "I feel as if I have paralyzed the lives of two people."
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/home-hospital-gaza-families-struggle-care-wounded-180621084809258.html

A full freedom escapes the exiles in the Gaza Strip
EI 17 June by Mousa Tawfiq – I have experienced more freedom in the last 10 months than any other time in my life. As a student in Paris, I do not have to deal with the obstacles Palestinians living under occupation face every day. My freedom is nonetheless linked to an important condition. While I can move around much of Europe, I am prevented from visiting my family and friends in Gaza. In September 2017, I crossed Erez, the military border crossing between Gaza and Israel. The Israeli forces at this checkpoint forced me to sign a document stating that I will not stay in Gaza for the next 12 months. In practice, I am prevented from entering Gaza for any longer. If I went to Gaza next September to go on holiday there, I would most likely not go back or I would be denied that. The crossings in Erez and Rafah – on the border with Egypt – are often closed to Palestinians. As a result, there would be no guarantee that I could return to France before the resumption of the semester break in the fall. Therefore, I could lose the scholarship that was granted to me to study 8 communication sciences at the University of Paris. The Master's program, which I follow, takes two years. I do not know yet what I'll do when it's done. But I know one thing: I will not rush back to Gaza. I intend to pursue the possibilities that were denied me in Palestine …
https://electronicintifada.net/content/full-freedom-eludes-gazas-exiles/24786

As a teenager in Gaza I want peace and a normal life like you
MEE June 29th of Tarneem Hammad – Have you ever seen the beautiful side of Gaza? When you mention the enclave, many people first think of ruins in buildings, like broken wedding cakes hit by Israeli rockets. It's hard to imagine that Gaza is a thriving Mediterranean resort, with a beach where children play, run and build sand castles. I do not blame you if you can not imagine that, especially if you read or watch the news on May 14 – shot by shock, body by body, over and over again. In just a few hours, more than 60 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured.
-Media Distortion- If you think deeper, you will find that we are human like everyone else. The media are wrong about Gaza. When news says that "people have died," this is misleading; People did not choose to be killed. If the media refers to "collisions," this is also inaccurate; There are no clashes between peaceful demonstrators and Israeli snipers, tanks and live ammunition. Most news about recent events in Gaza has misinformed the public about the true reason for the Great Return March …
http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/gaza-there-still-hope-brighter- future-1619088273

Press Gives Israel Pretext to Attack Gaza
EI Media Watch June 27 by David Cronin – Journalists in Britain and Ireland often refer to the summer months as a "dull season". Little consequence happens, the media apparently decide, so that we can treat the trivial as newsworthy. I'm not sure if the hot weather is to blame, but reporting on Gaza lately is pretty silly. The perspective was rejected as dragons and balloons were presented as major threats. According to a spokesman for the Israeli armed forces quoted in a Financial Times feature, these are "weapons designed to kill". Fixed on these high-flying incendiary devices, the feature omitted a pertinent fact: no one was actually killed by them. Silly reports of this kind serve Israel well. An aggressive state that has committed several massacres this year alone is sacrificed as a victim. Intentionally or not, the press offers pledges for Israel to launch another major offensive against Gaza. Such an attack would then be portrayed as a retaliatory action – or even self-defense. While all forms of Palestinian resistance are slandered, Israel's arms industry is treated with the utmost respect. Dozens of Israeli companies participated in a Paris Fair earlier this month. Eurosatory – as the event is called – was co-organized by the French Ministry of Defense and the armaments lobby. Some journalists helped the Israeli exhibitors in Paris by suggesting that their new weapons could be used in Gaza. Ynet, an Israeli website, claimed that a new drone was being developed in Eurosatory "to address the threat of fire dragons." Although the drone is called Firefly, it is impossible to believe that it suddenly appeared after the recent discovery that the Dragon of Israel is the most frightening enemy. Rafael, the Israeli company behind Firefly, did not mention dragons or balloons in a notice about their stand in Eurosatory …
https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/david-cronin/press-gives-israel-pretext- attack-gaza

Violence / Imprisonment – West Bank / Jerusalem

Israeli colonizers attack Palestinians in Hebron
[with video] IMEMC June 30 – A group of extremist Israeli colonizers illegally living in the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank Attacked on Friday evening Palestinian residents of the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in the heart when the city stood, while Israeli soldiers stood and watched before they attacked the Palestinians, and one of kidnapped you. Local sources said the colonizers had attacked many Palestinians and pepper-sprayed Ahmad Abu Haikal, Mohammad Abu Haikal, Sondos al-Azza and Hatem al-Mohtaseb. They added that the soldiers had failed to eliminate the Israeli invaders and instead attacked the Palestinians before kidnapping one identified as Yousef al-Azza.
The incident occurred when a group of colonizers gathered in Tel Rumeida. The Palestinians leave their homes or go on their streets after declaring the area a "closed military zone," a move that should only allow Jewish settlers to move freely. Nonviolent Activist Sondos al-Azza one of the Palestinians attacked by the colonizers, said she had been attacked by a group of colonists when they returned home with their mother. "We went on, but they attacked me and my mother," she said, "the situation is very dangerous and distressing, especially as the soldiers keep closing our areas and preventing our relatives and friends from visiting us here life became a life in a large prison, without any fundamental rights that would enable us to live in dignity. "
http://imemc.org/article/israeli-colonizers-attack-palestinis-in-hebron/ [19659008] Soldiers shoot a Palestinian at Bethlehem
IMEMC-JUNE 28 – Israeli soldiers shot dead on Wednesday night a young Palestinian in the al-Khader city, south of Bethlehem West Bank. Several army jeeps entered the city, especially in the al-Bawwaba area, and attacked demonstrators with live fire, rubber-coated steel balls, and gas bombs. Medical sources report that the soldiers injured a young man wearing a rubber-coated steel ball before being taken to hospital in Bethlehem for treatment. In addition, the soldiers stormed and ransacked many houses in the city and interrogated the families.
http://imemc.org/article/soldiers-shoot-a-palestine-near-bethlehem/

Army injures many Palestinians in Hebron
IMEMC June 30 – Israeli soldiers injured, Friday Many Palestinians in the center of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Media sources in Hebron said that hundreds of Palestinians marched non-violently in the city and condemned and rejected the illegal policies of Israel and the United States, the ongoing military occupation and the so-called "deal of the century". They added that the army had resorted to excessive use of force against non-violent demonstrators and fired gas bombs and shelling grenades at them. Medical sources said that many Palestinians suffered the severe effects of tear gas inhalation and received the treatment they needed.
http://imemc.org/article/army-injures-many-palestinis-in-hebron-4/

Israeli soldiers injure many Palestinians in Al-Bireh
IMEMC June 30 – Attack of Israeli soldiers , Friday non-violent Palestinian demonstrators near the northern entrance of al-Bireh city, in the central West Bank, dozens suffer from the effects of tear gas inhalation. Media sources in Ramallah said the procession was organized by national and Islamic groups, in addition to social figures who opposed Israel's continued Israeli occupation, and American policy against the legitimate, internationally guaranteed rights of the Palestinian people. They added that the soldiers were firing gas bombs and shelling grenades at the demonstrators, while some youths threw stones at them. Medical sources said that many Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation and received the necessary treatment.
http://imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-injure-many-palestinis-in-in-behad/

Hundreds of Israeli settlers ambush village in Salfit area, attack Palestinian senior man
SALFIT (Ma'an) June 29 – Hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed the village Kifl Haris in the Northern Occupied West Bank ] Salfit District Jewish Religious Rituals Under Armed Security by Israeli Armed Forces before Friday. The locals told Ma & # 39; s that more than 30 Israeli military vehicles and soldiers had raided the village and closed its entrances. The Israeli forces banished the residents of the village from any movement in the streets and forcibly did business. Sources added that several large buses entered the village with more than 800 Israeli settlers from the entrance to the center of the village. Israeli settlers reportedly harassed the city's residents by screaming anti-Arab slogans for three hours. Israeli settlers were also seen attacking an elderly man who tried to open the old mosque to give Fajr (morning) prayers while the settlers were performing their religious rituals at Islamic sites in Kifl Haris. The village of Kifl Haris is known for its four historic Islamic shrines, as there are a number of tombs in Kifl Haris [by Muslims] that are considered graves of local holy people, but some Jewish believers believe they are the graves of biblical figures Joshua , Caleb and Nun … Visits of Israeli Jews to the sites in the Palestinian territories in the West Bank often cause tension with locals, as these visits are accompanied by large armed escorts. The Palestinians are forbidden to visit holy sites in Israel without receiving hard-to-obtain permits from government agencies.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780299

Dozens of grapevines damaged by fig trees in alleged hatred crime in the West Bank
Haaretz June 27 by Yotam Berger – Unidentified attackers damaged dozens of Fig trees and grapevines near the village of West Bank Burka at Tuesday . According to sources familiar with the incident, about 35 vines were damaged and seven fig trees were felled. On a nearby street, the attackers sprayed: "Enough with agricultural terrorism, we will reach every place." The authorities started an investigation. No reports of hate crimes have been published in the past two weeks. In the months before, however, there were several hate crimes every week. In mid-June, in the village Bayt Sakarya which lies south of Jerusalem, devastated up to 200 olive trees and grapevines. A few days earlier, dozens of haystacks were burnt in the village Burin near Nablus. Also in June, the West Bank District Police released two minors who were suspected of vandalism in the West Bank for two weeks as "Palestinians". No suspect was brought before a judge. One of them was denied access to a lawyer during most of his term of detention …
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-grape-vines-fig-tree-damaged-in- Suspicious West Bank Hate Crime 1.6218763

Israeli settlers pierce hoops, spray racist anti-Arab graffiti in the village of Nablus
NABLUS (Ma'n) June 28 – Israeli settlers damaged several Palestinian vehicles and they devastated a structure in a village in the Nablus area in the northern occupied West Bank at Thursday morning dawn . Ghassan Daghlas, an official monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said Ma & # 39; s that Israeli settlers coming from the illegal Yitzhar settlement have illegally [159,9004] Urif Village pierce in southern Nablus. Daghhas identifizierte zwei Besitzer von Stichvehikeln als Ghaleb Radwan Ahmad Amer, 59, und seinen Sohn Mahmoud, 25, dessen Haus nur einen Kilometer von der Siedlung Yitzhar entfernt ist. Israelische Siedler bespritzten auch rassistische anti-arabische Graffiti an den Wänden eines Gebäudes, das einem anderen Palästinenser im Dorf gehörte.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780295

Israelische Siedler in Brand gesetzt Palästinensische Gebiete im Dorf Nablus
NABLUS (Ma'an) 29. Juni – Israelische Siedler legen am Freitag große Flächen der Beit Furik Dorfberge östlich des nördlichen besetzten Westjordanlands in Nablus in Brand. Munadel Hanani, Mitglied des Zentralkomitees der Volkskampffront, sagte Ma'an, dass eine Gruppe israelischer Siedler aus der nahe gelegenen illegalen israelischen Siedlung Itamar das Dorf Beit Furik unter bewaffneter Sicherheit durch israelische Truppen überfielen und zündete das al-Sharariya-Berggebiet südöstlich des Dorfes an. Hanani fügte hinzu, dass die Schäden noch nicht gezählt seien, aber dass dieser Akt zur Verbrennung einer großen Anzahl palästinensischer Olivenbäume führe.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780302

Zwei Palästinenser brechen in Negevs israelische Militärbasis ein, stehlen Computer
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) 29. Juni – Zwei Palästinenser brachen am Donnerstagabend in eine israelische Militärbasis in der südlichen Negev-Wüste ein und stahlen einen Computer, der Berichten zufolge wichtige militärische Informationen und Daten enthielt , Israelische "0404" Nachrichtenwebseite berichtet. Die Nachrichtenagentur fügte hinzu, dass es den beiden Palästinensern gelang, mit dem Computer aus der Militärbasis zu fliehen, da die israelischen Streitkräfte sie nicht finden und zurückhalten konnten. Die israelischen Streitkräfte durchsuchten daraufhin das Gebiet nach den beiden Palästinensern. Die israelische Armeeführung beschloss, eine Untersuchung der Umstände des Vorfalls einzuleiten.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780298

Der palästinensische Basisaktivist Wael al-Faqeh wurde von israelischer Besatzung beschlagnahmt Kräfte
[with video] IMEMC / Agenturen 30. Juni – Der palästinensische Breitenfußballaktivist Wael al-Faqeh, ein Koordinator des Tanweer Forums in Nablus, der häufig mit internationalen Solidaritätsaktivisten zusammenarbeitet, wurde in den frühen Morgenstunden des Donnerstags beschlagnahmt. 28. Juni 2018 von israelischen Besatzungstruppen. Al-Faqeeh ist das jüngste Mitglied einer Reihe von Widerstandsorganisationen, die von der israelischen Besatzung wegen Festnahme und Inhaftierung ins Visier genommen werden. Er ist ein langjähriger zivilgesellschaftlicher Führer in Nablus, der mehrmals wegen seiner Arbeit in der Landverteidigung verhaftet wurde und den Kampf der Bevölkerung gegen Siedlungen und die israelische Besatzung und Kolonisation unterstützt. Kürzlich hat er mit Tanweer zusammengearbeitet, um lokale Frauen-Kooperativen beim Anbau von Za'atar in den Dörfern um Nablus zu unterstützen, um die Landbewirtschaftung durch Palästinenser zu unterstützen und die wirtschaftliche Unabhängigkeit von Frauen zu unterstützen. Dieses Video aus dem Jahr 2010 von Anna Baltzer beschreibt Wael's Arbeit, für die er weiterhin angegriffen wird: Er wurde Berichten zufolge in ein Gefängnis in Megiddo gebracht, nachdem er bei einem nächtlichen Razzia aus seinem Haus entführt worden war. Dies ist das vierte Mal, dass er verhaftet wurde; Er war mehrere Jahre im israelischen Gefängnis wegen mehrerer Verhaftungen und wurde nach einer Haftstrafe von über einem Jahr im Februar 2017 das letzte Mal freigelassen. Viele seiner Freunde und Kameraden aus der ganzen Welt haben ihre Empörung in den sozialen Medien über seine Verhaftung geteilt und fordern seine sofortige Freilassung. Several of his friends have also expressed that Wael has been by the bedside of his best friend, who is receiving treatment for cancer, and that this arrest is also an attack on his family and friends who rely on his support and involvement….
http://imemc.org/article/palestinian-grassroots-activist-wael-al-faqeeh-seized-by-israeli-occupation-forces-video/

One night’s detentions:
Israeli forces detain at least 20 Palestinians, including woman, during West Bank raids
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 28 June — Israeli forces detained 20 Palestinians, including a woman, during raids in areas across the West Bank on Thursday morning.
The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said that five Palestinians were detained from the southern West Bank district of Hebron and identified them as Abed al-Hadi Awad, Sajed Moussa Awad, Muhammad Subhi Awad, Muhammad Dirar Awad and Rawda Muhammad Abu Aisha, 53; Aisha was detained while at Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem on her way to Jerusalem, she was then transferred to the Ofer detention center.
Five Palestinians were detained from the northern West Bank district of NablusPPS identified them as Muhammad Subhi Tabanja, Mahdi Muhammad Shahin and former prisoners Wael al-Faqih, Thabet Nassar and Muhammad Said Awwad.
In the central West Bank district of BethlehemIsraeli forces detained three Palestinians identified as Ziad Muhammad Awwad, Nidal Khalid Taqatqa and Khalid Muhammad Thawabteh.
PPS added that two Palestinians were detained from the Qarawat Bani Hassan town in the Salfit district and identified them as Akrama Aziz Marie and Sayyaf Mahyub al-Arabi.
Israeli forces also detained three Palestinians from the Tubas districtPPS identified them as Muhammad Ammar Daraghmeh, Usayd Saleh and Fares Maslamani.
Two other Palestinians were detained from the Ramallah and al-Bireh district and were identified as Muhammad Safi from the al-Jalazun refugee camp and Jaber Awad al-Rimawi, 27, from the Beit Rima town.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780293

Prisoners

Palestinian woman with severe burns faces medical neglect in Israeli jail
MEMO 29 June — A Palestinian woman left disfigured by an Israeli attack on her car is facing medical neglect in prison, exacerbating the severity of her injuries, according to the Palestinian Information Centre. Thirty-two-year-old Israa Jaabis from Jerusalem has complained of the systematic medical negligence she has been made to endure in Israel’s Hasharon women’s prison, after being denied a burn soothing kit and painkillers. Following a prison visit, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoners Society said that Jaabis urgently needed to undergo cosmetic surgeries to her hands, ears, face and teeth to fix severe deformity. Jaabis was detained by Israeli forces in October 2015 after the mother-of-one’s car exploded after a cooking gas canister she was transporting caused a fire in her car, leaving her with severe burns all over her body. Israel accused her of purposefully attempting to blow up her car and sentenced her to 11 years in jail on charges of attempted murder, imprisoning her before her treatment had been completed. Eight of Jaabis’ fingers were amputated after they melted as a result of the burns and she breathes mostly through her mouth due to a gaping hole in her nose. She also suffers from nervous breakdowns, shock and severe psychological problems, intensified by her imprisonment. Before the accident, Jaabis worked at a nursery and volunteered at hospitals and schools, often dressing up as a clown to entertain children. Jaabis’ family have denied that she sought to blow the car up. Palestinian human rights group Addameer have also corroborated that her car exploded as a result of a fault in the gas cylinder she was carrying [while moving house]…  Whilst the prison used to allow Jaabis access to some medication, her recent requirements for painkillers have not been fulfilled, despite her family offering to pay for the necessary treatment. She has also not been permitted visits from her ten-year-old son as he does not have a Jerusalem ID because his father is from the occupied West Bank….
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180629-palestinian-woman-with-severe-burns-faces-medical-neglect-in-israel-jail/

Family of Turkish tourist held in Israel on terrorism charges says arrest ‘arbitrary’
MEE 19 June by Rabia Iclal Turan — The family of a Turkish woman held for almost three weeks in Israeli custody on terrorism charges after she was arrested on holiday says the accusations against her are baseless. Ebru Ozkan, 27, a secretary with a private company in Istanbul who is studying foreign trade through an online university, travelled in early June for a four-day visit to Jerusalem with a tour group of more than 30 others. On 11 June, as she attempted to board her flight home at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Ozkan was arrested and referred to a military court on charges of threatening Israeli security and suspected affiliation with Hamas which Israel designates as a terrorist group. Ozkan is being held in a military prison in Petah Tikva, a city about 10km from Tel Aviv. Her sister, Elif Ozkan, told Middle East Eye on Thursday that her sister’s detention is “totally arbitrary”. “My sister has no connection to any terror organisations. She devoted her life to kindness. The only thing she took there was balloons, chocolates and candies. She is not even political,” Elif said. “They have no evidence. “It’s been 18 days that we haven’t heard her voice. My father has heart problems, my mother is anxious. We’re worried,” she said….
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkish-woman-visiting-jerusalem-remain-custody-69201503

Israel extends detention of French human rights defender
EI 29 June by Ali Abunimah — Activists have mobilized strong support for Salah Hamouri, the Palestinian-French human rights defender jailed by Israel without charge or trial since last August. But the French government appears to be doing nothing to secure his release — Ignoring the mild protestations of the French government, Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman has extended the administrative detention of Palestinian-French human rights defender Salah Hamouri for an additional three months. Like the 430 other administrative detainees held by Israel, Hamouri has been imprisoned without charge or trial since he was seized by Israeli occupation forces from his home in occupied East Jerusalem last August. Hamouri works as a researcher with prisoners rights group Addameer. On Thursday, the left-wing newspaper L’Humanité asked the French foreign ministry for its reaction to the extension and what France is doing to secure Hamouri’s freedom. “We can only regret this decision, on which an Israeli court is expected to rule in coming days,” the ministry responded. That presumably refers to a hearing scheduled for Sunday, in which, based on previous experience, an Israeli military judge will almost certainly confirm the defense minister’s decision….
https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israel-extends-detention-french-human-rights-defender

Tortured detainee suffers complications
IMEMC 27 June — The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that a detainee from occupied Jerusalem is suffering complications and severe pain, due to torture during extended interrogation by Israeli soldiers. It said that the detainee, Omar al-Kiswaniwas abducted by the soldiers on March 7th 2018, after the army invaded Birzeit University, in Birzeit city in the central West Bank governorate of Ramallah; the Palestinian is the elected head of the Students’ Senate at Birzeit University. Al-Kiswani, from Beit Iksa town near occupied Jerusalem, was subject to ongoing interrogation and torture at the al-Maskobiyya interrogation facility, in Jerusalem, and was tied to an iron chair for roughly eighteen hours each day. He was punched and kicked by the soldiers, in addition to being repeatedly stuck with electric batons on several parts of his body, causing many serious sores, cuts and bruises, but was only given painkilling pills, without being seen by a healthcare professional. Al-Kiswani was also verbally and emotionally assaulted and abused by the soldiers, and was denied the right to counsel for two months.
http://imemc.org/article/tortured-detainee-suffers-complications/

Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlements

Israel demolishes Palestinian Bedouin village for 130th time
NEGEV (Ma‘an) 27 June — Israeli authorities on Wednesday morning demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the Negev desert in southern Israel for the 130th time. According to local sources, Israeli authorities and military vehicles stormed into the village, evacuated the women, children and elderly leaving them out in the open without a shelter and demolished their homes. Locals added that the residents of al-Araqib refuse to leave their land and homes. The Israeli demolitions of al-Araqib are carried out in attempts to force the Bedouin population to relocate to government-zoned townships. Like the 34 other Bedouin villages “unrecognized” by Israel, al-Araqib does not receive any services from the Israeli government and is constantly subjected to the threats of expulsion and home demolition….
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780287

Israeli colonizers start construction of new outpost near Salfit
IMEMC 28 June — A group of illegal Israeli colonizers started, Thursday, the construction of a new colonialist outpost on Palestinian lands, in Qana Valley area, west of Deir Istiya town, north of Salfit in Central West Bank. The Mayor of Salfit, Sa‘id Zidan, said the so-called Civil Administration Office, run by the army in the West Bank, decided to build 108 colonialist units on 59 dunams of Palestinian lands in three basins, to build the new colony. He added that Israel “legalized” the construction of many homes for colonialist settlers in what was previously declared as a protected “Natural Reserve,” where the Palestinians have been denied the right to even plant trees, installed hot houses or irrigation pipes …
It is worth mentioning that Israel started targeting the Qana Valley area since the early days of its illegal occupation of the West Bank in 1967, but the colonialist activities escalated in the late 1970’s, after Israel declared the area a “closed military zone,” and in 1983, it changed the classification of the Palestinian lands to “Natural Reserve.” Qana Valley is more than 10.000 dunams surrounded by illegal Israeli colonies, built on Palestinian lands and gradually expanding.
http://imemc.org/article/israeli-colonizers-start-the-construction-of-new-outpost-near-salfit/

Palestinian refugees – Gaza, Lebanon

Film: Seven days in Beirut: Life inside Burj al-Barajne h refugee camp
Al Jazeera 27 June 47:30 — A British man spends one week in a Palestinian refugee camp where thousands have lived, stateless, since 1948 — In early 2018, a researcher at the Palestinian Return Centre in London, Pietro Stefanini, attends a conference where he sees a video by a young Palestinian man. In it, Ahmed Shehadeh speaks passionately about the 70-year ordeal he feels his family has faced living stateless in Lebanon. “I challenge anyone to stay in a refugee camp,” he says, “not for 70 years, because we were forced out of Palestine 70 years ago, but for just seven days”. Inspired by Ahmed’s challenge, Pietro takes time out from his day job and travels to the Burj al-Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, a long-established shanty-like community where around 50,000 Palestinian refugees live – without Lebanese citizenship. This film documents Pietro’s stay, from meeting Ahmed at the camp entrance until he departs the alleyways and the maze of overhead electrical cables, notorious for falling and electrocuting residents a week later.
https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/aljazeeraworld/2018/06/days-beirut-life-burj-al-barajneh-refugee-camp-180626092909986.html

Gaza: 1,000 UNRWA employees to lose their jobs
MEMO 27 June — Deputy Head of UNRWA’s Workers Union, Amal Batch, warned yesterday that up to 1,000 employees are expected to lose their jobs due to the financial crisis hitting the international organisation, Al-Resalah newspaper reported. Batch said that the emergency programme, which includes food assistance, temporary work opportunities and others, is at stake due to the financial crisis. UNRWA has no budget for the third and fourth rounds of its programme, she said, noting that the organisation is suffering from a $246 million deficit. If funding is not allocated, she warned, the school year and other programmes would come to an end; this would have “catastrophic” consequences on the Palestinian cause. UNRWA has already stopped a number of its programmes and reviewed its policy regarding the distribution of food assistance and other programmes, leading to major cuts which have seen 150,000 refugees in the occupied West Bank no longer receiving food aid.
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180627-gaza-1000-unrwa-employees-to-lose-their-jobs/

Opinion: How I made it from Gaza to Duke and UNC
News&Observer (Raleigh, N Carolina) 29 June by Mohammed Eid — I was once the unkempt little boy you saw staring at you on the fund-raising pamphlets for refugees. I was born in Rafah, a shanty refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, so it’s hard to imagine that now — at age 28 — I am pursuing a graduate degree in the United States. Let me tell you how I made it here. I grew up in a 200-square-foot house with five siblings. The street was my living room, my study area, and where I played. As a child, I never saw a baseball field, a swimming pool or the cinema. Despite the disadvantages that come with growing up in Gaza, I was able to realize my potential thanks to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) – which supports more than 5 million Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East – providing us with food, health care, education and social services and jobs. Unfortunately, earlier this year, the U.S. government cut funding to the agency by 80 percent, jeopardizing many of the essentials that kept us from abject poverty and despair….
https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article213867029.html

Other news

UfM official: Project to address water crisis in Palestine has become a reality
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 27 June by Khalil Fawadleh — The three-day First Palestine International Water Forum organized by the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), under the slogan Integrated Water Resources Management: Best Practices and Technology Transfer, to discuss the adoption of integrated water resources management progressive tools as an approach to address the water crisis in Palestine opened on Monday in Ramallah with the participation of a host of officials and international NGOs representatives. WAFA interviewed the Deputy Secretary-General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in charge of Water and Environment, Miguel García-Herraiz, on the forum and its work: Could you please comment on progress achieved so far with regards to the pledging conference and the Gaza desalination facility project? Well, I think the most important thing to say is that this project is becoming a reality. In this way I said at the conference that beyond the humanitarian and political importance of the project which everybody realizes, the project is a technical reality. Technical reality means that a lot of the work has been done by PWA in the past years to advance the progress technically, so that it becomes feasible on the ground….
http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=RZENvWa98229475377aRZENvW

Israeli Knesset bill to deduct funds to Palestinian Authority approved
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 27 June — The Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved a bill on Wednesday to deduct funds transferred to the Palestinian Authority. Israeli Ynet news outlet reported that the deduction would be equal to the amount of funds the Palestinian Authority gives to the families of killed Palestinians. The bill’s original draft there, which states that there would not be any flexibility regarding the funds deducted, passed its first reading. The Knesset members rejected the Israeli government’s objection to the bill, proposed by Knesset members Eliezer Stem of “There is a Future” and chairman of the committee Avi Dichter of the Likud, an Israeli right-wing political party. The committee contradicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on the bill and went forward with approving the final version of the bill … According to the bill’s proposal, the Palestinian Authority transfers 7% of its budget, estimated at 1.1 billion shekels ($ 300 million), financed largely by US and European aid, to pay salaries and funding for Palestinian prisoners and to pay stipends to families of killed and wounded Palestinians.
Earlier this week, the United States suspended aid funds to the West Bank and Gaza under the “Taylor Force Law,” which was passed in March of this year, and will prevent the Palestinian Authority from paying monthly stipends to the families of killed, wounded and imprisoned Palestinians.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780291

Germany and IDB provide Augusta Victoria Hospital with important cancer diagnostic machine
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 28 June – Very soon cancer patients from the Palesti nian territories can benefit from a new modern diagnosis apparatus financed by Germany and the Islamic Development Bank, a press release said on Thursday. In a ceremony attended by Peter Beerwerth, the German Representative in Ramallah, Hani Abu Diab, Special Advisor to the Islamic Development Bank, the CEO of the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem, Walid Nammour, and the representative of the Lutheran World Federation, Pauliina Parhiala, the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem received a PET/CT scanner which allows modern cancer diagnosis … August Victoria, managed by the Lutheran World Federation, is the first and only hospital to provide special therapies, especially for cancer patients, in the Palestinian territories. Here, about 1.800 patients are treated yearly … Germany contributed an amount of $1.2 million for this important diagnostic device. The Islamic Bank contributed some $400.000.
http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=tdrXcra98242799919atdrXcr

Britain’s Prince William concludes first official royal visit to Holy Land with a tour of Jerusalem’s Old City
JERUSALEM (WAFA) 28 June …The prince’s tour of Jerusalem and its holy and historic sites came after visiting Ramallah on Wednesday and meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas, and then with a cross-section of the Palestinian society, mainly young people, at Ramallah City Hall and a nearby school where he played football with children. He also visited a local refugee camp and met with representatives of the refugees and members of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNRWA, to which the United Kingdom said on Monday that it will be immediately releasing £38.5 million to the agency to help alleviate some of its financial pressures. William returned to Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, after a busy half-day visit in Ramallah, to attend a reception at the British Consulate General in East Jerusalem. At the reception, Prince William spoke to his Palestinian guests that he was honored to meet President Abbas and have lunch with him. “During the course of the day, I have met Palestinians from a range of backgrounds and from many different places, including from Gaza. I saw at Jalazon (refugee camp) the tremendous hardships faced by the refugees, and I can only imagine the difficulties of life lived under these conditions, the ed resources and the lack of opportunity,” he said. Even though Kensington Palace had said from the beginning that the visit by the Duke of Cambridge was “non-political,” Prince William could not escape the reality of the hot politics of the region … “The story of the Palestinian people is so often told only through the lens of difficulty and conflict – but there is another story which I was privileged to witness today. This afternoon in Ramallah I saw an unforgettable display of Palestinian culture and hospitality. The Dabka, the singing, and the dancing were by turns beautiful, moving and joyful. “The cuisine was utterly delicious. All these are aspects of a long, varied and vibrant culture that finds expression in so many ways, not just your music but also your poetry and literature. Your rich traditions of scholarship live on in the importance you attach to education. I know how much we in the United Kingdom benefit from the many Chevening scholars and other bright young Palestinians who study in Britain. And I was delighted to know what value you too place on these exchanges …  “My message tonight is that you have not been forgotten. It has been a very powerful experience to meet you and other Palestinians living in the West Bank, and to hear your stories. I hope that through my being here and understanding the challenges you face, the links of friendship and mutual respect between the Palestinian and British people will grow stronger…. [Twitter @KensingtonRoyal]http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=tdrXcra98245655178atdrXcr

New cultural hub to open in West Bank amid political tension
The Art Newspaper 25 June by Aimee Dawson — Omar Al-Qattan, chair of the A.M. Qattan Foundation, explains the many challenges of building an arts space under occupation — Amid escalating violence between Palestinians and Israelis in Gaza in May, experts declared that the possibility of peace has never been more distant. As Israel marked its 70th anniversary and the new US embassy in contested Jerusalem was unveiled, at least 60 Palestinian protesters were killed at the border by Israeli troops. Despite the political tumult, a major Palestinian cultural foundation is preparing to open its new headquarters to the public on 28 June in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. The A.M. Qattan Foundation (AMQF) was established in London by the late Palestinian philanthropist Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan in 1993 and is a registered UK charity … At 7,700 sq. m, the venue has more than double the space of the Palestinian Museum, and will house art studios, exhibition spaces, classrooms, a library, a small theatre and a restaurant, as well as offices. However, the foundation has cut back its opening programming because of the delays, and staff are unlikely to move in until after the summer. “The biggest challenge, apart from money and obviously the Israeli occupation, is human resources,” Al-Qattan says. “It is virtually impossible to get a work permit for somebody who doesn’t have Palestinian or Israeli identification.”  This limits the pool of candidates at all levels—from curatorial assistants to directors—as few people in the area have the relevant experience, particularly on a large scale …  Moving art in and out of the area is another hurdle….
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-cultural-hub-set-to-open-in-west-bank-amid-political-tension

Birthright participants walk off trip to join anti-occupation tour
Haaretz 29 June by Taly Krupkin — A group of five American Jews visiting Israel as part of the Birthright Israel program left the trip Thursday in protest of the program’s treatment of the occupation and joined a tour of Hebron led by anti-occupation army veterans’ group Breaking the Silence. The group split off from the rest of the tour on the eighth day of their trip. One of those who left the group said that Birthright, the organization that brings young Jewish adults on free, 10-day visits to Israel, “is not providing the kind of education that we really need… and is telling a one sided story. This is not fair, and we deserve the truth.” The five young Americans live-streamed the incident on Facebook, where they are seen leaving the bus and arguing with their guide and with fellow participants. They also published a statement on a Twitter account … Lasoff told Haaretz that the members of the group did not know each other before the trip to Israel, and did not plan the action beforehand. She explained that they felt disappointed with the program’s treatment of the occupation, and therefore contacted Breaking the Silence, an Israeli veterans organization that collects testimonies from Israeli soldiers about their service in the territories, and coordinated to join their tour of the West Bank. Another woman who left the tour, Katie Anne, claimed on the live stream that “Birthright gave us a map of Israel that does not denote the West Bank [even though] the director of our Birthright organization admitted that the majority of maps in Israel do include [it]. They keep saying they’re apolitical but this is clearly to the right.” Anne added: “We love our Jewish community and that’s why it’s so hard for us to see Birthright systemically miseducating it. We cannot stand this injustice.”
https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-birthright-participants-leave-trip-to-visit-west-bank-1.6221440

BBC presenter Andrew Marr slammed for highlighting Israeli killings of Palestinian kids
IMEMC/Agencies 28 June — Al Ray/Press TV, Jerusalem – The BBC has found its presenter, Andrew Marr, guilty of breaching editorial guidelines for commenting, during his flagship Sunday morning program, that Israel has killed “lots of Palestinian kids.” The broadcaster issued an unprecedented ruling, against one of its most senior personalities, after a complaint was filed against Marr over his comment in the midst of a discussion about a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, during the April 8 edition of The Andrew Marr Show. “And, the Middle East is aflame again. I mean there’s lots of Palestinian kids being killed further south, as well by Israeli forces,” the veteran presenter said, referring to confrontations between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Irked by Marr’s remark, anti-Semitism campaigner Jonathan Sacerdoti complained that Marr’s remarks were “incorrect” and “unrelated” to the topic of Syria. “He stated there’s a lot of Palestinian kids being killed further south by Israeli forces,” Sacerdoti’s complaint said. “This is completely incorrect and is made up. This was irrelevant to the conversation on Syria… and, also, actually, completely false.”….
http://imemc.org/article/bbc-presenter-andrew-marr-slammed-for-highlighting-israeli-killings-of-palestinian-kids/

The Guardian bans cartoon crticizing killing of Palestinian medic
LONDON (Ma‘an) 29 June — The British newspaper The Guardian banned the publication of a cartoon criticizing Israel’s killing of Palestinian paramedic, Razan Ashraf al-Najjar, on the grounds of anti-Semitism. The banned cartoon depicts British Prime Minister Theresa May alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while medic, al-Najjar, burns alive in the fireplace behind them.
According to the Gaza Ministry of Health al-Najjar was one of at least two medics who had been killed by Israeli forces, and another 170 medics were injured or suffered tear-gas inhalation since the “Great March of Return” began in Gaza on March 30th. The cartoonist, Steve Bell, denied using projections about the mass murder of European Jews during World War II.
The debate about the banned cartoon was discussed at the House of Lords of the British Parliament by member Tony Graves, who believes that the decision of banning the cartoon is not necessary and that it is time for Israel to be accountable for its actions.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780300

Listen: Israel lobby seeks to erase occupation from Virginia schoolbooks
EI Podcast 29 June by Nora Barrows-Friedman — Human rights activists in Virginia are fighting to protect the quality and accuracy of schoolbooks as Israel advocacy organizations seek substantial changes to the texts. The suggested changes would distort the way Israeli history is depicted, deliberately whitewashing its military occupation and ongoing policies of land theft, apartheid and expulsion of Palestinians. These changes have been proposed to the Virginia Department of Education by the California-based Institute for Curriculum Services – a “strategic initiative” of the Jewish Community Relations Council, an organization with an active Israel lobby. ICS director Aliza Craimer Elias recently boasted in a video interview that her firm works “behind the scenes” with textbook publishers to edit entries about Jews, Judaism and Israel and to train classroom educators with ICS curricula. Elias said that many of the major textbook publishers “often come to us to work with them on manuscripts and development,” adding that about 85 percent of their proposed edits end up getting accepted. While some of their suggested edits address issues of Holocaust denial and offensive stereotypes of Jews and Judaism in biblical references, others address the way Israel’s establishment has been explained, as well as Israel’s current policies of discrimination, occupation and land theft. In the video, Elias bragged that ICS had successfully changed a textbook entry to omit reference to Israel’s forced expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the lead up to and after the state of Israel was declared….
https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/listen-israel-lobby-seeks-erase-occupation-virginia-schoolbooks

Supporter of Palestinian rights wins huge upset in New York election
EI 27 June by Ali Abunimah — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scored a huge political upset by unseating longtime incumbent Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th congressional district. Her victory Tuesday is a titanic blow to the party establishment that backed Hillary Clinton from the progressive wing that rallies around Senator Bernie Sanders. It is also another indicator of the dramatic shift in the base of the Democratic Party towards support for Palestinian rights. Ocasio-Cortez has strongly condemned Israel’s slaughter of civilians in Gaza. She is a 28-year-old running for office for the first time. Ocasio-Cortez will now face a Republican opponent in the November general election and, if she wins, would be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress …  Ocasio-Cortez’s win blows a hole in the conventional wisdom that you can’t run for Congress and support Palestinian rights….
https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/supporter-palestinian-rights-wins-huge-upset-new-york-election

Analysis: Did Israel inspire Trump’s family separation policy? / Ramzy Baroud
Ma‘an 27 June — This past May, the United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US border crossings. It was a matter of weeks before the new policy began yielding tragic outcomes. Those attempting to unlawfully cross into the US were subject to federal criminal prosecution, while their children were taken away by federal authorities, which placed them in cage-like facilities. Expectedly, the policy caused outrage and was eventually reversed. However, many of those who have chastised the administration of President Donald Trump seem willfully ignorant of the fact that Israel has been carrying out far worse practices against Palestinians … The sad truth is that what Americans have witnessed at their southern border in the last couple of months is what Palestinians have experienced as a daily reality at the hands of Israel for the last 70 years. The kind of separation and segregation that Palestinian communities endure goes even beyond the typical outcomes of war, siege and military occupation. It is something that is enshrined in Israeli law, crafted mainly to weaken, even break down the cohesiveness of Palestinian society. For example, in 2003, the Knesset voted in favor of the ‘Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law’, which placed severe restrictions on Palestinian citizens of Israel who were applying for family unification. When rights groups challenged the law, their efforts failed as the Israeli Supreme Court ruled, early 2012, in favor of the government. In 2007, that same law was amended to include spouses from ‘enemy states’ – namely Syria, Iran, Lebanon and Iraq. Unsurprisingly, citizens of some of those ‘enemy states’ were included in Trump’s ban on citizens of mostly Muslim countries from entering the US. It is as if Trump is following an Israeli blueprint, fashioning his decisions around the principles that guided Israeli policies towards the Palestinians for many years. Even the idea of caging children is an Israeli one, a practice that was exposed by the rights group, the Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI). The policy, which has allegedly been discontinued, allowed for the placing of Palestinian detainees, including children in outdoor cages, even during severe winter storms….
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780290

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