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United Church of Christ Votes to Divest from Companies With Ties to Israeli Settlements News Roundup
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United Church of Christ Votes to Divest from Companies With Ties to Israeli Settlements

The United Church of Christ has voted to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. The U.S.-based denomination endorsed the action on a vote of 508-124, with 38 abstentions, during a national meeting. "As disciples of Jesus, we hear and seek to heed his call to be peacemakers, responding to violence with nonviolence and extending love to all," said Rev. John Deckenback.

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United Church of Christ to Divest Over Israeli Policies in Occupied Palestinian Territories News Roundup
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United Church of Christ to Divest Over Israeli Policies in Occupied Palestinian Territories

The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, in a sign of the growing momentum of a U.S. protest movement against Israeli policy. The denomination's General Synod endorsed the action on a vote of 508-124 with 38 abstentions during its meeting in Cleveland.

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“Boycotts and Divestments are Not Anti-Semitic”: Organized Religion Takes Up the BDS Fight News Roundup
David Palumbo-Liu

“Boycotts and Divestments are Not Anti-Semitic”: Organized Religion Takes Up the BDS Fight

For a long time, the significance of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) was downplayed—it was regarded by many as being “merely symbolic.” But now, coming up on the 10th year of its founding, this nonviolent form of lawful protest and advocacy for Palestinian rights has been determined by the Israeli government and also by the U.S. Congress to be a highly significant force.

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A Conversation with Palestinian Author Suad Amiry News Roundup
IMEU

A Conversation with Palestinian Author Suad Amiry

Suad Amiry is a Palestinian architect and writer, and the founder of RIWAQ: Center of Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Palestine. Amiry found her talent for writing after spending 42 days under curfew with her mother-in-law in Ramallah in 2002. The result was her acclaimed memoir “Sharon and My Mother-in-Law,” which was released by Random House in 2006.

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Palestinians Stand Their Ground In Wadi Fukin News Roundup
Al Monitor

Palestinians Stand Their Ground In Wadi Fukin

Hassan Manasara, 86, and his wife, Jamila, 82, live a primitive life in a 100-year-old cave located on family-owned land on the southern side of the village of Wadi Fukin near Bethlehem, facing the Israeli Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit. Manasara has a big house in the center of Fukin, but he left it to live in an isolated cave with his wife about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) away from their home.

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Children’s Fashion Show Takes the Runway In Gaza News Roundup
Al Monitor

Children’s Fashion Show Takes the Runway In Gaza

Tala Awaida looks confident while strutting down the runway surrounded by lights and music in Gaza City on June 6. As soon as the 6-year-old arrives to the edge of the podium, she turns left and right and sends out kisses to the audience before returning to her initial spot.

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Israel Intercepts Gaza-Bound Aid Ship In Mediterranean News Roundup
The Washington Post

Israel Intercepts Gaza-Bound Aid Ship In Mediterranean

Israeli naval commandos intercepted a protest ship at sea bound for the Gaza Strip on Monday and diverted the vessel toward a port in Israel. The Israelis said no one was injured in the operation. The Swedish-registered Marianne of Gothenburg was attempting to enter Israeli-controlled waters in the Mediterranean Sea and deliver aid packages to Gaza.

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Cement Shortage Hinders Reconstruction Efforts In Gaza News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Cement Shortage Hinders Reconstruction Efforts In Gaza

A Palestinian Authority official said Monday that the Gaza Strip was in desperate need of cement, a year after a devastating Israeli offensive left large swathes of the coastal enclave in ruin. While Gaza required more than 1.5 million tons of cement to rebuild, so far only 16,000 tons had entered through the Rafah crossing since the war ended.

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Khader Adnan Ends 55-Day Hunger Strike News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Khader Adnan Ends 55-Day Hunger Strike

Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ended a 55-day hunger strike on Monday after reaching an agreement with Israeli authorities to free him from prison on July 12, his lawyer and the Palestinian Prisoner's Society announced. "Khader Adnan ended his hunger strike last night, after an agreement was reached to release him on July 12," his lawyer Jawad Boulos said.

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