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Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza News Roundup
Mohammed Daraghmeh, The Associated Press

Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza

Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors. The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an interview in the Gaza City office of The Associated Press.

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Jerusalem, the capital of apartheid, awaits the uprising Op-Eds & Analysis
Gideon Levy, Haaretz

Jerusalem, the capital of apartheid, awaits the uprising

The terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday night should not have surprised anyone. After all, two nations live in the Pretoria of the State of Israel. Unlike the other occupied areas, there is supposed to be a certain equality between the two peoples: blue ID cards available for everybody, freedom of movement, property tax payable to the municipality, national insurance — Israelis all. But Jerusalem is engulfed by lies. It has become the Israeli capital of apartheid.

10 hours ago
Dr. Erekat on Netanyahu’s Incitement Against President Abbas News Roundup
Palestine News Network

Dr. Erekat on Netanyahu’s Incitement Against President Abbas

"We strongly reject and condemn Mr. Netanyahu's unfounded and inflammatory statement regarding yesterday's incident in Occupied East Jerusalem. Mr. Netanyahu declared that President Abbas' 'partners in government' were behind the act and that the President himself 'only a few days ago incited towards a terrorist attack in Jerusalem.'"

11 hours ago
In West Bank, Palestinians gird for settler attacks on olive trees News Roundup
William Booth, The Washington Post

In West Bank, Palestinians gird for settler attacks on olive trees

The rains have come to wash away the dust of summer from the olives, and so the annual harvest begins — and with it, another cycle of violence against man and tree. Mohammad Hamoudah and his wife were picking olives in their grove last week when he saw five or six men darting among the trees, their faces hidden by scarves, carrying sticks and shepherd’s crooks.

about 1 day ago
Palestinian Authority should end joint security with Israel, says chief Palestinian negotiator News Roundup
Barak Ravid & Jack Khoury, Haaretz

Palestinian Authority should end joint security with Israel, says chief Palestinian negotiator

The Palestinian Authority should end its security coordination with Israel if the United States vetoes a Palestinian-sponsored UN Security Council resolution recognizing a Palestinian state, according to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Erekat made this recommendation in a position paper he submitted to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO Executive Committee, a copy of which was obtained by Haaretz.

about 1 day ago
Israeli Settlers Burn 100 Olive Trees near Nablus, Multiple Abductions in Gaza, West Bank News Roundup
International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Settlers Burn 100 Olive Trees near Nablus, Multiple Abductions in Gaza, West Bank

Israeli colonial settlers, in the town of Huwwara, to the south of Nablus, torched approximately 100 olive trees on Wednesday, according to local activist Ghassan Douglas. WAFA correspondence reports that a number of settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of ‘Yitzhar’ set fire to around 100 olive trees belonging to the Khamoos and Salim families, said Douglas, who is in charge of the settlements file at the Palestinian Authority, in the northern part of the West Bank.

about 1 day ago
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.

about 2 days ago
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.

about 2 days ago
UN tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions News Roundup
Yahoo! News/AFP

UN tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday to move away from unilateral actions stoking tensions and make the "tough compromises" needed to end their decades-old conflict. Ban spoke to the UN Security Council after returning from a visit to the Middle East where he saw first-hand the destruction in Gaza wrought by the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants.

about 2 days ago