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Relying on British and Ottoman laws, Plia Albeck [of the State's Attorney's Office] determined that the land was “dead land” — land that was far from habitation — that was neither possessed nor cultivated, and therefore it belonged to the state (cultivation of the land was one of the main sources for obtaining ownership rights under Ottoman rule). This same legal doctrine along with others...
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Dispossession by the law: How the Israeli judicial system utilises Ottoman land law to expel and dispossess the Palestinian Bedouin

Senate passes Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

"It is plainly unconstitutional for Congress, the Department of Education, a state legislature, or any public school to censor or punish campus speech critical of Israel."

Attack on Free Speech in U.S. Senate

Chile's Palestinian Federation filed two lawsuits in Chile against Israeli Supreme Court justices for endorsing the construction of the West Bank separation barrier and the seizure of goods from Palestinians.

The group argues that Chile's international agreements allow for suits involving crimes against humanity committed in other countries.

News from The Associated Press

Frustrated by the lack of progress, Obama for more than a year had considered giving a major speech describing his vision for a future peace deal or, in a more aggressive step, supporting a United Nations resolution laying out parameters for such a deal. Although the goal would be to impart fresh urgency to the moribund peace process, either step would have been perceived as constraining...
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AP: Obama Leans Against Taking Last Minute Action on Israeli Occupation

Erik Ader's father had saved Jews in the Second World War. To honor him, the Jewish National Fund planted 1100 trees on the lands of Beit Nattif, a Palestinian village. Eric visited the destroyed village to protest JNF's use of his father's name to cover up for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
Meet the Sinatra of Palestine, Omar Kamal:

"Omar Kamal is a Palestinian singer/composer from the city of Nablus. His multi-cultural influences have given him a rich taste in music ranging from Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson to Arabic greats such as Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Fairouz, and even modern trendsetters like The Weeknd." [ Bit.ly Link ]
Joumana Sroor learned how to code at the age of 12.

By 15, she and a team of three other girls in Gaza had built a prototype for a web application called Early Alert, which notifies users of traffic, crowds, accidents or crimes happening near them.

There is one place where she feels at home: A seed accelerator and workspace in Gaza City's bustling al-Rimal neighbourhood called Gaza Sky...
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Meet Gaza's female geeks

From our blog:

"While Israel might gain from Trump’s election in the short-term, the Trump era will more likely expose the ugly image Israel has worked so hard to hide for two key reasons.

First, everything liberal and progressive American voters find objectionable in Trump is amply evident in Israel, and often in more vulgar terms."

Brand Israel in the Era of Trump

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Former President Carter urges Obama to recognize Palestine

"The simple but vital step this administration must take before its term expires on Jan. 20 is to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership.

38 years after Camp David, the commitment to peace is in danger of abrogation....
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Jimmy Carter: America Must Recognize Palestine

"At a time when leadership and institutional vacuums in Jerusalem have left Palestinians there without representation, it is impossible to assess the Palestinian economy in the city, and further afield, in isolation from politics. This was made apparent yet again in recent months, with four specific developments exposing the extent to which nearly 350,000 Palestinian Jerusalemites have been...
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Hanging by a Thread: Jerusalem’s Economic Woes and Crisis of Representation

Indeed, Castro conflated Cuba's "strife to fight imperialism" with the Palestinian quest for independence from Israel's occupation.

"Cuba's backing of the Palestinians wasn't exceptional," explained Abdel Wahad, who studied journalism in Cuba.

"It was part of the Cuban support system to all people struggling for freedom and fighting against colonialism."

Fidel Castro: The Palestinian connection

Building the occupation in three steps: demolish, construct, and separate.

Building the Occupation

Palestinian Civil Defense crews have continued to assist in putting out fires that have erupted in Haifa city and Jerusalem, while fires have continued to spread across Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on Friday.

In pictures: Palestinian Civil Defense assist in putting out fires in Haifa, Jerusalem

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In fact, some of the projects are outright ridiculous, as for example, the construction of a luxurious modern tennis court in the heart of the Old City, undoubtedly to encourage Jerusalem’s children to take up this little-known sport.

It is difficult to see how such insignificant and marginal efforts can change Palestinian reality in any way, or even constitute a message to the besieged and...
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Hanging by a Thread: Jerusalem’s Economic Woes and Crisis of Representation

In “Sunday Sermon,” published in April 2015, Makhoul tackles the polarized politics of his identity by challenging Israeli military recruitment of religious minorities, such as Druze and Christian Palestinian Arabs.

Arise from temporary death
O Jesus
And forgive the occupier
Such is the Covenant of your Lord
Never would you break
Come pray for the governments
that anathematize all meaning in...
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Marwan Makhoul: Poetry, Prose, and Identity Politics