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Israeli Court: “Army At Fault In Killing Palestinian Driver” Media Roundup
International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Court: “Army At Fault In Killing Palestinian Driver”

An Israeli court finally made a decision in an eight-year-old case involving the fatal shooting of a Palestinian taxi driver who was waiting for Palestinian passengers heading to the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The driver, Zakariyya Daraghma, parked his car near a sand-hill, installed by the army to block a main road, and was shot dead by Israeli soldiers stationed nearby.

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Deir al Balah Rehabilitation Center cares for Gaza’s disabled Media Roundup
Dan Cohen, Mondoweiss

Deir al Balah Rehabilitation Center cares for Gaza’s disabled

In the central Gaza Strip area of Deir al Balah, Usama Abu Safer, 30, devotes his time to working with disabled people. Born paraplegic, Abu Safer’s own disability inspired him to dedicate his life to this work. “I was born disabled but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel like I’m missing something,” he explained. “This is my basic motivation to live and to help other people who have a similar condition.”

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According to Yesha Council, 7,500 new settlers have moved into West Bank in last six months Media Roundup
Mondoweiss

According to Yesha Council, 7,500 new settlers have moved into West Bank in last six months

The Yesha Council of Settlements has reported that the number of Jewish settlers living in the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied Jerusalem, has reached 382,031, adding that 7,500 Israelis have moved into West Bank and Jerusalem settlements in the last six months. Yesha said that, back in January of 2014, 374,469 settlers lived in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and that the current number of settlers (382,031) is a 2% increase.

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Israeli forces detain child from Jerusalem Media Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli forces detain child from Jerusalem

Israeli forces on Tuesday evening detained a Palestinian child from near his home in the Ein al-Lawza neighborhood in Jerusalem's Silwan. The local Wadi Hilwa Information Center’s Majdi Abbasi said police detained Mutaz Yusef Abu Diab, 12, and took him in a police car to the “Beit Jonathan” building.

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Deadly Migrant Shipwreck Off Malta Highlights Desperation Media Roundup
NBC News

Deadly Migrant Shipwreck Off Malta Highlights Desperation

Desperate to escape the rubble of war-ravaged Gaza, 27-year-old Khamis paid $2,000 to smugglers who promised to take him to Europe to start a new life. Just days later the Palestinian was clinging to a life-ring along with six other people 300 miles out to sea. He would be the group's sole survivor.

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Ex envoy in Jerusalem urges UK to recognize Palestinian state Media Roundup
The Times of Israel

Ex envoy in Jerusalem urges UK to recognize Palestinian state

The Britain should unilaterally recognize Palestine as a sovereign state as a way of jump-starting the stalled process toward an Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution, the UK’s former consul general in Jerusalem wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday.

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Malta sinking killed hundreds fleeing Gaza Media Roundup
Marc H. Ellis, Mondoweiss

Malta sinking killed hundreds fleeing Gaza

Time - and the news - moves on. Quickly. So, with the war over, Gaza remains in the news but off the front pages. ISIS has now taken the lead. Still every now and then an interesting reminder of the Gaza war surfaces. In this case, by drowning. At first it seemed that the boat deliberately sunk off the Malta coast last week was another case of human trafficking gone from bad to worse. Horrible but unrelated to Israel/Palestine. Now reports have it that 250-300 of as many as 500 drowned were refugees from Gaza. They were attempting to escape what is left of the prison walls in Gaza.

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Israeli forces attempt to arrest students in Bethlehem school Media Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli forces attempt to arrest students in Bethlehem school

Israeli forces on Wednesday attempted to raid a school in southern Bethlehem, locals told Ma'an. Witnesses said soldiers in the village of Tuqu brought pictures of students they accused of throwing stones at Israeli vehicles in the area, and tried to enter a boys' school, but were prevented from doing so by administrators and teachers.

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The battle to preserve Bethlehem’s cultural heritage
Charlie Hoyle, Ma'an News Agency

The battle to preserve Bethlehem’s cultural heritage

When Palestinian filmmaker Leila Sansour left Bethlehem in the 1980s there were no military checkpoints intimidating the city, no separation wall jutting into residential gardens, and no Israeli settlements dominating the horizon. "I grew up in a very idyllic town, but I didn’t think of it like that as a child. There were forests of olive trees, fig trees, apricot trees and huge fields filled with grape vines," she told Ma'an.

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