On 19 March 2017 at midday, a force of more (than) 15 Israeli soldiers seized Palestinian 8-year-old Sufian Abu Hitah, who was out on the street barefoot, looking for a toy he had lost. More than an hour later, several women managed to extricate the boy and return him to his mother. Two area residents, including B’Tselem volunteer May D’ana, captured the incident on video.
An Israeli-American Jewish teenager has been arrested in Israel for making bomb threats to U.S. Jewish centers. His lawyer said he suffers from a brain tumor that can affect his behavior.

Jewish Center Bomb Threat Suspect Is Arrested in Israel

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In his opening remarks, Friedman gave a perfunctory apology for his “hurtful” words that had smeared Jewish critics of Israel as worse than Nazi collaborators and his accusation that President Obama was guilty of “blatant anti-Semitism.”

Friedman attributed these past remarks to the heated presidential campaign, but many of his statements actually predated the campaign. More than a few...
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The Answer is Apartheid: Trump, Netanyahu, and David Friedman

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The Senate confirmed David Friedman to be the ambassador to Israel, making him the first of President Trump’s selected foreign emissaries to take his post.

Friedman earned the support of only two Democrats in the 52-46 vote: Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). No Republicans opposed him.

Senate confirms David Friedman as ambassador to Israel, with little Democratic support

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Graphic video captures Israeli cop assaulting Palestinian laborer.
Richard Gere visits occupied and segregated Palestinian city by Israel:
"It’s exactly what the Old South was in America. Blacks knew where they could go: they could drink from that fountain, they couldn’t go over there, they couldn’t eat in that place. It was well understood — you didn’t cross over if you didn’t want to get your head beat in, or you get lynched."

Richard Gere on segregation in Hebron: It’s exactly like the Old South | +972 Magazine

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Richard Falk, author of the United Nation's report on Israeli apartheid that has been censored and removed from agency's website: Israel's control of Palestinians is apartheid not just occupation.
As one observer put it: "After its abominable travel ban, Israel is planning to persecute its own citizens over support of BDS."

Israeli ministry trying to compile database of citizens who support BDS

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"WATCH: Thousands of Palestinian workers pass through the Israeli checkpoint of Bethlehem on their way to work in Israeli cities, West Bank, March 19th, 2017. By: Activestills.org"
2017 submissions are now open! DC Palestinian Films and Arts Festival [ Goo.gl Link ]
"A “game-changer,” that is how the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), a national coalition of groups that advocates for Palestinian rights, described the decision by six National Football League (NFL) players to boycott an Israeli government-sponsored propaganda trip." #PalestineSquare

Sports and the Palestinian BDS Struggle (Part 3): Looking Ahead

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The United Nations ESCWA report, which has been removed from the agency's website and led to the resignation of under secretary general Rima Khalaf, is now available on our website.

Full Report: Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid

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"The head of the United Nation's West Asia commission resigned on Friday, after what she described as pressure from the secretary general to withdraw a report accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" on Palestinians."

Head of U.N.'s ESCWA resigns over report on 'apartheid' Israel

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"The exhibit features 6500 square ft of dinosaur and insect displays... which allow children to expand their imagination and discover new knowledge."

Baby Dinosaurs and Giant Insects Exhibition in Bethlehem

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Palestinians in Gaza remember Rachel Corrie, an American who was killed on March 16, 2003, by an Israeli bulldozer while protesting the demolition of a civilian home in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Painting by Malak Mattar.
"The murder of Basel al-Araj was as much a product of the Israeli occupation as of the PA’s quest for complete and unchallenged dominance." #PalestineSquare

The Assassination of Basel al-Araj: How the Palestinian Authority Stamps Out Opposition

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Facing death threats, Ahmad Joudeh risked everything to keep his dream of dancing alive. Now the Palestinian dances for the Dutch National Ballet

'It’s dance or die': The ballet dancer forbidden to perform by Islamic State

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A number of intelligence and army soldiers stormed the East Jerusalem office of the Arab Studies Society and arrested the director of its Mapping and Geographic Information Systems Department, Khalil Al-Tafakji.

Israel closes Palestinian land mapping office in Jerusalem

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Is Bansky's Walled Off a form of gentrification?
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Full text: Secret Document Reveals Israel Expelled Gazans Right After Six-Day War - Haaretz
Israel expelled Palestinians from the Gaza Strip as collective punishment in retaliation for an attempted attack on Israeli troops, a secret Foreign Ministry document dated June 15, 1967 reveals.

The document describes a visit by Foreign Ministry officials to the office of the military governor in...
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Secret document reveals Israel expelled Gazans right after Six-Day War

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