News Roundup

High School Exams Kick Off in the West Bank and Gaza
Ma'an News Agency

High School Exams Kick Off in the West Bank and Gaza

Across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Saturday, approximately 78,000 Palestinian students sat down to begin the first step in a process that will likely determine their futures. Saturday marked the first session of the high school exams where students seek to obtain the General Secondary Certificate, or as it is known in Arabic: “Tawjihi."

3 hours ago
Israel Returns Body of Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif After Being Held for 2 Months
Ma'an News Agency

Israel Returns Body of Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif After Being Held for 2 Months

Israeli authorities on Friday evening released the body of Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, the Palestinian whose brutal killing by an Israeli soldier in March was caught on film, sparking international outrage. The Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee said al-Sharif’s body was returned and taken to Hebron’s al-Ahli hospital.

about 1 day ago
Poll: Almost Half of Israeli Jews Don’t Want Arabs Teaching Their Kids
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.

about 2 days ago
Gaza Remembers Rachel Corrie in a Football Tournament
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.

about 2 days ago
Israel Issues Demolition Orders for Nablus-area Homes, Power Line
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...

about 2 days ago
Is Jordan Placing Travel Restrictions on Palestinians?
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 4 days ago
For Israeli Police, Every Palestinian is Guilty Until Proven Innocent
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 5 days ago
Sanders Wins Greater Say in Democratic Platform; Names Pro-Palestinian Activist
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 5 days ago
Surfing in Palestine: Everyday Life in the Occupied Territories
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 6 days ago