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Life Under Seige: The Blockade on Gaza Turns Fourteen and Is Still as Illegal as Ever

    Life Under Seige: The Blockade on Gaza Turns Fourteen and Is Still as Illegal as Ever

As the coronavirus pandemic has dominated the headlines for the past few months, it could be easy to miss the news that the Gaza Strip has quietly entered its fourteenth year under an Israeli blockade. The humanitarian ramifications of that blockade cannot be understated, with Israel controlling Gazans from the high seas, the air, and…

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Israeli Human Rights Group Highlights How Israel Makes Fishing in Gaza Deadly

    Israeli Human Rights Group Highlights How Israel Makes Fishing in Gaza Deadly

The Gaza Strip, just six miles wide, boasts a twenty-five-mile coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. Fishing is a natural industry in such a location and as recently as 2000, was a lucrative business for ten thousand Gazans. Today, only about 3,700 remain in the fishing trade – and about ninety-five percent of these live below the…

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Decades of Land Grabs Betray Israel’s “Terror Balloon” Justification for Latest War on Gaza

    Decades of Land Grabs Betray Israel’s “Terror Balloon” Justification for Latest War on Gaza

Incendiary balloons, or as Israel calls them, “terror balloons,” have been part of the Gazan resistance toolkit since 2018, and a frequent sight in the skies in the last few weeks. Palestinians fashion these “weapons of grass destruction” from everyday materials, tie them to gasoline-soaked rags or perhaps a homemade explosive, then ignite and release them…

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Israel Launches Week-Long Bombing Campaign in Gaza Amid Ongoing War Crimes Investigation

    Israel Launches Week-Long Bombing Campaign in Gaza Amid Ongoing War Crimes Investigation

Last Monday night Israeli fighter jets executed airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip for the ninth night in a row in an act that may be another on Israel’s long list of possible war crimes. Israeli leaders characterized the actions as retaliatory, naming Gazan “incendiary balloons” and “riots” as justification. This is just the latest…

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Faith, Humor and Dutch Candy: A Palestinian Guide to Surviving Quarantine

  Faith, Humor and Dutch Candy: A Palestinian Guide to Surviving Quarantine

Call it a ‘quarantine’, a ‘shelter-in-place’, a ‘lockdown’ or a ‘curfew’, we Palestinians have experienced them all, though not at all voluntarily. Personally, the first 23 years of my life were lived in virtual ‘lockdown’. My father’s ‘quarantine’ was experienced much earlier, as did his father’s ‘shelter-in-place’ before him. They both died and were buried…

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Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine 

  Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine 

Experience has taught Palestinians not to pay heed to Israeli elections. But to every rule there is an exception.  Although it is still true that no Israeli Zionist leader has ever been kind to the Palestinian people, the dynamics of the latest Israeli elections on September 17 are likely to affect the Occupied Palestinian Territories…

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Systematic Palestinian Isolation: What Is Missing from the Omar, Tlaib Story

  Systematic Palestinian Isolation:  What Is Missing from the Omar, Tlaib Story

Israel’s decision to bar two United States Democratic Representatives, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from entering Israel and visiting Palestine has further exposed the belligerent, racist nature of the Israeli government. But our understanding of the Israeli decision, and the massive controversy and discussion it generated, should not stop there. Palestinians, who have been at…

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Abby Martin’s Film Gaza Fights For Freedom Humanizes World’s Largest Concentration Camp

  Abby Martin’s Film Gaza Fights For Freedom Humanizes World’s Largest Concentration Camp

GAZA, OCCUPIED PALESTINE — In her new documentary film, Gaza Fights for Freedom, journalist Abby Martin places the Gaza Strip under a microscope for the viewers to see. The result is an excellent movie that is difficult to watch, and disturbing at times, precisely because it presents a true, realistic view of life in Gaza.…

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Facing the Facts: Israel Cannot Escape ICC Jurisdiction

  Facing the Facts: Israel Cannot Escape ICC Jurisdiction

The Chief Military Advocate General of the Israeli army, Sharon Afek, and the US Department of Defense General Counsel, Paul Ney, shared a platform at the ‘International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict’, which took place in Herzliya, Israel between May 28-30. Their panel witnessed some of the most misconstrued interpretations of international law…

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Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza

  Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza

On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military…

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