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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.

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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.

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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.

about 1 day 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 1 day 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.

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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.

about 1 day ago
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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