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The hidden documents that reveal the true borders of Israel and Palestine
David Gerald Fincham, Mondoweiss

The hidden documents that reveal the true borders of Israel and Palestine

I once believed that Israel has never defined its borders. It was one of those things that “everyone knows”. I was corrected by the blogger talknic. Mondoweiss is privileged to have talknic as a frequent commenter, and many readers here will be familiar with the document to which he pointed me: the letter written by Eliahu Epstein, the representative of the Jewish Agency in Washington, to President Truman and to the State Department, on May 14, 1948.

about 2 days ago
Palestinian dies at Nilin checkpoint west of Ramallah
Ma'an News Agency

Palestinian dies at Nilin checkpoint west of Ramallah

Palestinian Othman Hassan, 24, died at the Israeli checkpoint of Nilin west of Ramallah on Thursday after suffering an injury in a game of soccer. Hassan, a resident of Qibya village, was en route to be taken to the hospital by friends and family after he fell on his head during a game of soccer and swallowed his tongue.

about 2 days ago
Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza
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.

about 2 days ago
Dr. Erekat on Netanyahu’s Incitement Against President Abbas
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.'"

about 2 days ago
Despite tensions, plan to build 1,600 new East Jerusalem housing units still on agenda
Nir Hasson, Haaretz

Despite tensions, plan to build 1,600 new East Jerusalem housing units still on agenda

Two meetings that could significantly increase tensions in already-tense Jerusalem are slated to take place next week: one in the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee, which will be discussing the Temple Mount, and one in the regional planning committee for Jerusalem, which is expected to approve a large-scale plan for construction in East Jerusalem.

about 2 days ago
Despite tensions, plan to build 1,600 new East Jerusalem housing units still on agenda
Nir Hasson, Haaretz

Despite tensions, plan to build 1,600 new East Jerusalem housing units still on agenda

Two meetings that could significantly increase tensions in already-tense Jerusalem are slated to take place next week: one in the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee, which will be discussing the Temple Mount, and one in the regional planning committee for Jerusalem, which is expected to approve a large-scale plan for construction in East Jerusalem.

about 2 days ago
Israel confiscates 20 dunums of Palestinian land near Salfit
Ma'an News Agency

Israel confiscates 20 dunums of Palestinian land near Salfit

Israeli authorities on Thursday confiscated 20 dunums (5 acres) of Palestinian land near the Jewish settlement bloc of Ariel in the northern West Bank, on the same day that Israeli authorities halted plans to take 15 dunums (4 acres) nearby. Israeli bulldozers began razing 20 dunums of agricultural lands in the Palestinian village of Haris near Barqan settlement on Thursday, while locals said dozens of Israelis from the nearby Jewish settlement came to help destroy the fields.

about 2 days ago
PA slams Israeli ‘incitement’ amid crackdown on Jerusalem Palestinians
Ma'an News Agency

PA slams Israeli ‘incitement’ amid crackdown on Jerusalem Palestinians

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Saeb Erekat on Thursday slammed the Israeli government for making "unfounded and inflammatory accusations" after Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu implied Palestinian responsibility for a hit-in-run in Jerusalem the day before that left one dead. "By recklessly claiming that President Abbas is inciting terrorism, Mr. Netanyahu has turned his back on peace," he told reporters in Ramallah.

about 2 days ago
Disabled Palestinian war photographer turns camera on culture
Ma'an News Agency/AFP

Disabled Palestinian war photographer turns camera on culture

When Palestinian Osama Silwadi was crippled by gunfire it ended his career as a war correspondent, but the now wheelchair-bound photographer has found a new calling documenting his people's heritage. After two decades covering the violence of the first and second uprisings against the Israeli occupation (in 1987-1994 and 2000-2005), Silwadi's life took a dramatic turn in 2006 when he was hit by a stray bullet fired by Palestinian gunmen.

about 3 days ago