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Palestine shines in global literature prizes News Roundup
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada

Palestine shines in global literature prizes

Poetry and prose by Palestinian writers has been celebrated by the organizers of two international literary awards. The longlist for the Sheikh Zayed Prize — an Arabic culture award — features three Palestinian writers. Probably the best-known Palestinian on the longlist is Ghassan Zaqtan, whose poetry collection Like a Straw Bird it Follows Me, translated by Fady Joudeh, won the Griffin Prize in 2013.

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Protesters challenge Israeli basketball tour in Ohio, Oregon News Roundup
Celine Hagbard, International Middle East Media Center

Protesters challenge Israeli basketball tour in Ohio, Oregon

Basketball fans joined with human rights supporters in several U.S. towns to call for a boycott of Israeli sports teams, and to challenge what they call a 'public relations tour' by Israeli teams in the U.S. They gathered outside and inside the exhibition games to try to bring attention to the ongoing Israeli military occupation of Palestine.

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Settlers construct settlement units in Nablus, seize hundreds of acres in less than a month News Roundup
Palestine News Network

Settlers construct settlement units in Nablus, seize hundreds of acres in less than a month

Israeli settlers constructed two setltement units in less than a month on Yanun village, South East Nablus, and seized hundreds of acres to connect the two. Ghassan Daghlas, in charge of Israeli Settlements File at the Palestinian Authority in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, told Wafa news agency that the settlers have constructed two units as a start for the settlements in the areas of Al-Dawa south Yanun, connecting it to another north east Yanun.

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Ashrawi Warns Israel Destroying Christian Presence in the Holy Land at Middle East Christian Confab News Roundup
Ray Hanania, Palestine News Network

Ashrawi Warns Israel Destroying Christian Presence in the Holy Land at Middle East Christian Confab

Last September, Middle East Christians were thrust into a spotlight they have long deserved when U.S. Senator Ted Cruz told a questionable Washington D.C. group ostensibly organized to "defend them" that if they didn't support Israel then they weren't really Christians at all. It was a shocking and hateful comment from an American politician who was clearly positioning himself to earn financial campaign support from Israel's powerful lobby.

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Israeli Policy of Segregation Continues to Dominate Occupied East Jerusalem and West Bank News Roundup
International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Policy of Segregation Continues to Dominate Occupied East Jerusalem and West Bank

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset is expected to decide on a new bill, this coming month, which would impose both a temporal and spatial division of al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Muslims and Jews, said Israeli sources. In the South Hebron Hills, Israeli forces continue to deny Palestinians access to their land. while illegally allowing colonial settlers to build there.

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Settlers Continue Work on Two Illegal Settlements near Nablus News Roundup
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

Settlers Continue Work on Two Illegal Settlements near Nablus

Israeli settlers have been illegally constructing two settlement outposts on a land they have unlawfully stolen from Palestinian residents in the village of Yanoun, southeast of Nablus, according to a local activist. For the last month, settlers have been working on two settlement outposts; one in Dowa area to the south, and the other to the northeast of the village.

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Former U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on the Legitimacy of Hope in the Palestinian Struggle News Roundup
Democracy Now!

Former U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on the Legitimacy of Hope in the Palestinian Struggle

On Monday, the Israeli government made a rare appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, but its delegation refused to acknowledge responsibility for the conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, occupied by Israel for nearly half a century. We speak to a legal expert who has just spent six years trying to hold Israel to account for its actions in the Occupied Territories.

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Israeli forces demolish 3 Jerusalem houses, 23 homeless News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli forces demolish 3 Jerusalem houses, 23 homeless

Israeli bulldozers demolished three Palestinian homes and three structures used for livestock in al-Tur east of the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday, residents said. They said bulldozers of the Beit El settlement municipality were escorted by Israeli forces into al-Tur, where they demolished houses belonging to the al-Zari family, leaving 23 Palestinians homeless.

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Photos: Almost two months after ceasefire, Gaza remains in ruins News Roundup
Al Jazeera America

Photos: Almost two months after ceasefire, Gaza remains in ruins

As winter approaches, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said that the promised aid funds to rebuild would go towards the "urgently needed" building of infrastructure and homes.

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