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Israeli Forces Kill Hamas Militant in West Bank Raid

JERUSALEM, July 27 – Israeli troops shot dead a Hamas fighter on Wednesday who the military said was responsible for an attack that killed a rabbi in a drive-by shooting in the occupied West Bank earlier this month. The militant was killed in an overnight raid in the territory, during which residents of the Palestinian

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Cops and Bloggers: Concerned

Concerned that social media is fueling attacks, Israel is increasing online ­monitoring—and angering Palestinians BY Kate Shuttleworth Majd Atwan, a 22-year-old Palestinian beautician and activist, sits on the front steps of her family house in Bethlehem on May 24, enjoying her freedom. Less than a week earlier, she was behind bars after an Israeli military court sentenced

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Palestinian Kills Teen In Israeli Settlement, Then Shot Dead

JERUSALEM, June 30 – A Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl inside her home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, before guards shot him dead, the military and hospital officials said. A member of the response team that killed the assailant was also wounded in the incident, said an official

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Ramallah: A Standing Reminder

By Maher Abukhater Each one of Ramallah’s squares reveals a fascinating history. Mahmoud Darwish Square When the renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish was told that the West Bank city of Ramallah was planning to build a square named after him, he objected. On the one hand, Darwish’s objection was a result of his modesty. But on

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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Bystander After Israeli Cars Attacked

JERUSALEM, June 21 – Israeli troops mistakenly killed a Palestinian bystander on Tuesday while responding with gunfire to a petrol bomb and rock attack on Israeli vehicles in the occupied West Bank, the military said. An earlier statement from the military had identified the Palestinian as an assailant. The mayor of his village said he

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How The Settlers Won

50 years of unrelenting Jewish settlements in the West Bank have changed the landscape of the peace process. But the interlopers aren’t going anywhere. By Antony Loewenstein Har Bracha is a Jewish business situated near Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Established in 2004, its location offers spectacular views. With an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) jeep parked

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Palestine: Restricted Movement

Israel bans disabled Palestinian athletes from traveling. BY Sami Abu Salem A few Palestinian basketballers exercise at the Palestine Sports Club in the coastal city of Gaza. The game is intense and the players seem to be enjoying it, despite the extra physical effort they have to exert pushing their wheelchairs with one hand and

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Palestinian Gunmen Kill Four in Tel Aviv, Assailants Held: Police

By Rami Amichay TEL AVIV, June 9 – Two Palestinian gunmen killed four people at a popular shopping and restaurant area in Tel Aviv on Wednesday in an attack that sent diners, some clutching small children, running for their lives just outside Israel’s Defence Ministry. Both gunmen, identified by police as Palestinians from a village

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Safeguarding Palestinian History

A new West Bank museum will curate Palestine’s heritage BY Maher Abukhater On top of a hill not far from the West Bank City of Ramallah, where on a clear sunny day one can see the Mediterranean, sits a curiously shaped building. The $28 million stone and glass terrace-shaped structure is the new Palestinian Museum, which

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Gaza: No Concrete Moves

Gaza is in desperate need of homes, schools and hospitals but how will they be built if Israel continues to ban the entry of construction material? By Sami Abu Salem It was raining heavily the day I saw Mahmoud Naseer, 54, frantically trying to cover the few mattresses he has with whatever sheets he could

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