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Poll: Almost Half of Israeli Jews Don’t Want Arabs Teaching Their Kids News Roundup
The Jerusalem Post

Poll: Almost Half of Israeli Jews Don’t Want Arabs Teaching Their Kids

Nearly half of Israeli Jewish parents say they do not want Arab teachers instructing their children in school, a new poll conducted in Israel showed. According to the survey done by Ma'agar Mochot on behalf of the Gordon College of Education, the number is substantially higher among Jews who are more religiously observant.

21 hours ago
Gaza Remembers Rachel Corrie in a Football Tournament News Roundup
Al Bawaba

Gaza Remembers Rachel Corrie in a Football Tournament

For the ninth year in a row, Palestinians in the city of Rafah will organize a football tournament in the memory of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year old American peace activist who was killed in the city while she was trying to protect Palestinian houses from Israeli demolition. The tournament, which will take place on June 7, 2016, will consist of 32 teams from across the Gaza Strip.

22 hours ago
Israel Issues Demolition Orders for Nablus-area Homes, Power Line News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israel Issues Demolition Orders for Nablus-area Homes, Power Line

Israeli authorities handed out demolition notices for three houses, an agricultural structure and a power line in the northern occupied West Bank on Thursday, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank told Ma'an. Ghassan Daghlas told Ma'an that Israeli forces had decided to demolish three homes, a steel structure used for agricultural purposes, and a local power line...

22 hours ago
Is Jordan Placing Travel Restrictions on Palestinians? News Roundup
Allison Deger, Al Jazeera

Is Jordan Placing Travel Restrictions on Palestinians?

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank - Last month, Mohamad Aref Hiles, 24, was supposed to travel from his home in the West Bank to Sweden to get married. Due to Israel's travel restrictions for Palestinians, however, Hiles, like most Palestinians who travel abroad via another country's airport, travelled through Jordan.

about 3 days ago
For Israeli Police, Every Palestinian is Guilty Until Proven Innocent News Roundup
Natasha Roth, +972 Magazine

For Israeli Police, Every Palestinian is Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The beating of 19-year-old Maysam Abu Alqian by plainclothes Border Police officers in central Tel Aviv on Sunday was depressingly familiar, both in the incident itself and its aftermath. Alqian, a Bedouin resident of Hura in the Negev Desert who works at a Tel Aviv supermarket, had stepped out of the store to take out the trash, when he was asked by the two plainclothes officers to present his ID.

about 4 days ago
Sanders Wins Greater Say in Democratic Platform; Names Pro-Palestinian Activist News Roundup
Anne Gearan, The Guardian

Sanders Wins Greater Say in Democratic Platform; Names Pro-Palestinian Activist

Sen. Bernie Sanders was given unprecedented say over the Democratic Party platform Monday in a move party leaders hope will soothe a bitter split with backers of the longshot challenger to Hillary Clinton — and Sanders immediately used his new power to name a well-known advocate for Palestinian rights to help draft Democratic policy.

about 4 days ago
Surfing in Palestine: Everyday Life in the Occupied Territories News Roundup
Thembi Mutch, The Guardian

Surfing in Palestine: Everyday Life in the Occupied Territories

alestinians were baffled when Tanya Habjouqa first explained her photographic project to them. “They felt a political obligation to talk about their suffering,” she says. “They were startled when I asked about pleasure. They would slowly ask, ‘Pleasure? We don’t usually discuss pleasure.’

about 5 days ago
Palestinian Man’s Deportation Hits Snag: US Doesn’t Recognize His Country News Roundup
WRAL

Palestinian Man’s Deportation Hits Snag: US Doesn’t Recognize His Country

Similar to the main character in the movie "The Terminal," Alaa Yasin is a man without a homeland, according to the U.S. government. Unlike the movie, however, Yasin has spent the last eight months in a jail cell instead of a terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

about 1 week ago
In Israel’s Poorest Town, Palestinian Fishermen Forced to Give Up Livelihoods News Roundup
Graham Liddell, Middle East Eye

In Israel’s Poorest Town, Palestinian Fishermen Forced to Give Up Livelihoods

Fishing has been in 44-year-old Musa Jurban’s family for at least three generations. “My father was a fisherman and my grandfather was also a fisherman,” Jurban told Middle East Eye. “It was passed down from grandfather to father to son.” “But if my children said they wanted to be fishermen, I wouldn’t want that,” he said.

about 1 week ago