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Sealed Off and Forgotten: What You Should Know About Israel’s West Bank “Firing Zones”

    Sealed Off and Forgotten: What You Should Know About Israel’s West Bank “Firing Zones”

A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called “firing zones” in the West Bank.  “Israel has impounded the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides assistance to 1,500 Palestinians living inside an Israeli military firing zone in…

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From a Blessing to a Curse: How UN Resolution 2334 Accelerated Israel’s West Bank Colonization

    From a Blessing to a Curse: How UN Resolution 2334 Accelerated Israel’s West Bank Colonization

Three years ago, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334. With fourteen members voting in favor and one abstention, the Resolution was the equivalent of a political earthquake. Indeed, it was the first time in many years that Israel was roundly condemned by the international body for its illegal settlement policies in the Occupied…

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Israel’s Case Against Human Rights Watch Reveals How Its Normalizing West Bank Land Theft

    Israel’s Case Against Human Rights Watch Reveals How Its Normalizing West Bank Land Theft

The Occupied West Bank — In November 2019, following a long legal battle, Israel revoked the work visa and deported Human Rights Watch (HRW) director Omar Shakir.  According to HRW, Israel argued that the state, “revoked the work visa of Shakir, a United States citizen, in May 2018 on the assertion that his advocacy violated…

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Israeli Apartheid Made Official: Annexation is the New Reality in Palestine

    Israeli Apartheid Made Official: Annexation is the New Reality in Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving quickly to alter the political reality in Palestine, and facing little or no resistance.  On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly a third of the Occupied West Bank.…

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Jewish Settlers Rule the Roost in Israel, but at What Price? 

  Jewish Settlers Rule the Roost in Israel, but at What Price? 

Israeli Jewish settlers are on a rampage in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. While settler violence is part of everyday routine in Palestine, the violence of recent weeks is directly linked to the general elections in Israel, scheduled to be held on September 17.  The previous elections, on April 9, failed to bring about political…

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The Roots of Evil: Right-Wing Israeli Settler Group Accuses Palestinians of Land Theft

  The Roots of Evil: Right-Wing Israeli Settler Group Accuses Palestinians of Land Theft

Jerusalem — In a move designed to shock Israeli settlers in the West Bank into action, activists from the right-wing settler organization “Regavim” hung Palestinian flags along the main West Bank settler roads last week.  Regavim claims that there is a Palestinian take over of Area C and that the Israeli government is not doing…

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The Day After: What Happens If Israel Annexes the West Bank?

  The Day After: What Happens If Israel Annexes the West Bank?

Calls for the annexation of the Occupied West Bank are gaining momentum in both Tel Aviv and Washington. But Israel and its American allies should be careful what they wish for. Annexing the Occupied Palestinian Territories will only reinforce the current rethink of the Palestinian strategy, as opposed to solving Israel’s self-induced problems.  Encouraged by…

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Annexation: How Israel Already Controls More Than Half of the West Bank

  Annexation: How Israel Already Controls More Than Half of the West Bank

A state of de facto annexation already exists on the ground in most of the occupied West Bank. Almost two-thirds of the Palestinian territory, including most of its most fertile and resource-rich land, is under full Israeli control. About 400,000 Jewish settlers living there enjoy the full rights and privileges of Israeli citizens. At least…

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US Ambassador Quietly Delivers West Bank to Israel in NY Times Interview

  US Ambassador Quietly Delivers West Bank to Israel in NY Times Interview

JERUSALEM, PALESTINE — In a highly provocative statement — one that was most likely well planned — United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said in an interview this week to the New York Times that “Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank.” Responses to this statement were…

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Trump’s “Deal of the Century” To Hand Palestine to Israel Along with Whole Set of New Problems

  Trump’s “Deal of the Century” To Hand Palestine to Israel Along with Whole Set of New Problems

As Benjamin Netanyahu returns from Washington to Jerusalem determined to keep his seat as Israel’s prime minister, it is clear that the Final Status issues — those pesky issues between Israel and the Palestinians that Israel never wants to discuss –  are being eliminated one by one in a regional scheme that is titled Deal…

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