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Existence Before Co-existence Op-Eds & Analysis
Nadim Nashif, The Huffington Post

Existence Before Co-existence

Palestinian NGOs working with young people in Palestine and Israel face intense pressure from donors - many of them European organizations and foundations, and the EU itself - to facilitate dialogue between young Israeli Jews and Palestinians. This is despite the power asymmetries between the two groups due to Israeli occupation and human rights violations.

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Attacks Continue in West Bank as Settlers Assault Palestinian Man News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Attacks Continue in West Bank as Settlers Assault Palestinian Man

Attacks continued in the occupied West Bank overnight Tuesday when Israeli settlers attacked and moderately injured a 60-year-old man from the central West Bank village of Ras Karkar west of Ramallah, relatives say. Mahmoud Salih Nofal was surrounded by a "mob of settlers" who assaulted him with pepper spray before violently beating him with rods, causing bruises over his body, the man's nephew Muhammad Nofal told Ma'an.

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Israeli Forces Close Ramallah-area Road with Cement Blocks News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli Forces Close Ramallah-area Road with Cement Blocks

Israeli forces closed a road between al-Jalazun refugee camp and Beit El settlement in northern Ramallah on Wednesday with cement blocks as part of punitive restrictions on Palestinians following a string of attacks on Israeli military targets. Palestinian vehicles will be prevented from using the road in both directions. Israel's Civil Administration announced Tuesday that it was closing part of Route 60 from Ramallah to the al-Jalazun refugee camp and Beit El.

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US Churches Vote on Joining BDS Movement Targeting Israel News Roundup
Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

US Churches Vote on Joining BDS Movement Targeting Israel

The international movement to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians has received backing from one of the largest Protestant churches in the US, as two other major denominations prepare to vote on whether or not to divest money from the Jewish state.

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Israel Restricts the Entry of Palestinians to Jerusalem News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israel Restricts the Entry of Palestinians to Jerusalem

Israeli authorities set new restrictions Tuesday on Palestinians allowed to enter Jerusalem during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan after attacks targeting Israeli military and settlers. The new restrictions now require a permit for women aged between 16 and 30 to enter Jerusalem on Fridays. The same applies for men aged 30-50, while those under the age of 12 and over 50 can enter without a permit.

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

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
Fox News/AP

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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