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West Bank Home Demolitions Hit 10-Year High
Natasha Roth, +972

West Bank Home Demolitions Hit 10-Year High

Israeli authorities have demolished more Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank thus far in 2016 than in any other calendar year in the last decade, according to data provided by Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem Wednesday and statistics from the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA…

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Palestinian Activists At The DNC Believe Time Is On Their Side
Daniel Marans, The Huffington Post

Palestinian Activists At The DNC Believe Time Is On Their Side

PHILADELPHIA ― Democratic Party leaders may be doing their best to snub Palestinian rights advocates, but the activists were out in unprecedented force at the Democratic National Convention this week. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) candidacy, along with young people’s changing views of Israel, are emboldening staunch partisans of the Palestinian cause once relegated to the fringes…

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Number of Palestinians Detained by Israel Without Trial Triples Since 2013
Amira Hass, Haaretz

Number of Palestinians Detained by Israel Without Trial Triples Since 2013

Bilal Kayed, an administrative detainee who has been on a hunger strike for 41 days, is one of the 651 Palestinians who have been jailed by Israel without charge or trial, and only by order of a military commander and under the directives of the Shin Bet security service. The number of administrative detainees...

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Brave Pols Take the Right Stand: 20 Lawmakers Demand Human Rights and Justice for Palestinian…
Brad Parker, Salon

Brave Pols Take the Right Stand: 20 Lawmakers Demand Human Rights and Justice for Palestinian…

Recently, 20 members of Congress sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to appoint a Special Envoy for Palestinian Youth to collect information necessary to actively promote Palestinian children’s human rights. By standing up for Palestinian children’s rights, these lawmakers are directly challenging the decades-long U.S.-led “peace process”...

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Palestinian Dabke in the Chicago CTA Tunnels
Luz Chavez, Gozamos

Palestinian Dabke in the Chicago CTA Tunnels

A stunning video of a talented duo playing and dancing to Palestinian Dabke in a CTA Tunnel has gone viral, and rightfully so. The Gozamos crew loved the video so much, we reached out to the local artists to hear more about the inspiration behind it: “The idea for the video was very spontaneous. Hamze and I had just gotten back from a jam session with some local Chicago musicians on the south side...

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A Creative Palestinian Answer to Israeli Checkpoints
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, +972 Blog

A Creative Palestinian Answer to Israeli Checkpoints

The Israel army has been utilizing collective punishment against entire Palestinian cities and villages in recent months as a response to a wave of attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. One of the most common tactics, in addition to demolishing attackers’ families’ homes is to seal off entire villages for a few days or longer after an attack…

about 2 days ago
Uncovering the Lost Palestinian Villages Underneath Glitzy Tel Aviv
Mira Sucharov, Forward

Uncovering the Lost Palestinian Villages Underneath Glitzy Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv residents are often described as living in a “bubble,” because of their relative distance from the epicenter of conflict and occupation, and because, at least compared to Jerusalem, the zeitgeist of the city tends toward liberalism and open-mindedness. But despite all the talk…

about 2 days ago
West Bank, Gaza Gear up for Palestine’s Biggest Sporting Event
Yoni Mendel, +972 Blog

West Bank, Gaza Gear up for Palestine’s Biggest Sporting Event

One of Jibril Rajoub’s greatest achievements as the Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, if not the greatest, took place a year ago. For the first time since the Second Intifada, Rajoub renewed the tradition in which the winner of the Palestine Cup in the West Bank plays against the winner in Gaza...

about 2 days ago
The Way to the Spring Examines the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Stories of Resistance
Erika Lee, Los Angeles Magazine

The Way to the Spring Examines the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Stories of Resistance

When Ben Ehrenreich started spending time in the West Bank in 2011—the award-winning writer even lived there between 2013 and 2014—he went, in part, on assignment for the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s. What he returned home with is The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine (June 14), a collection of revelatory anecdotes offering a pragmatic, somber look…

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