At 31, My First Glimpse of Life Outside Gaza

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Abeer Almasri

I was born and grew up in Gaza. My father was a soccer coach for many years and his stories about his travels to other countries always made me want to travel too.

But Israel imposed a land, air and sea blockade on Gaza in 2007, including a generalised ban on travel, and has kept Gaza mostly closed ever since. So I never made it out until now, at age 31, and now only for a little while.

I work for a global human rights organization and spent months seeking the permit from the Israeli army that would allow me to travel abroad to participate in security and research training sessions, attend key organizational meetings, and meet colleagues located just a short drive away in Jerusalem and Ramallah, as well as those based overseas. But I faced obstacles every step of the way to obtaining the documents…

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Palestinians are facing genocide; Israel deserves its international pariah status

School children in an UNRWA institute fly kites carrying the hashtag 'dignity is priceless' to highlight the dire situation in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor] by Dr Firoz Osman Zionist fulminations against the evocative A-word will now have to contend with the ignoble G-word. That Israel is an Apartheid entity is now indisputable, with international institutions... Continue Reading →

How Israel and its partisans work to censor the Internet

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By Alison Weir

How Israel and its partisans work to censor the Internet Students at the Israeli military’s Computing and Cyber Defence Academy. Israel is also “scouring Jewish communities abroad for young computer prodigies willing to join its ranks.” Numerous well funded, organised projects by and for Israel work to flood social media with pro-Israel propaganda, while blocking facts Israel dislikes. The projects utilise Israeli soldiers, students, American teens and others, and range from infiltrating Wikipedia to influencing YouTube. Some operate out of Jewish Community Centres in the U.S.

Recently, YouTube suddenly shut down the If Americans Knew YouTube channel. This contained 70 videos providing facts-based information about Israel-Palestine.

People going to the channel saw a message telling them that the site had been terminated for “violating YouTube guidelines”—implying to the public that we were guilty of wrongdoing. And ensuring they didn’t learn about the information we were trying to disseminate.

When we tried to access our channel, we found a message saying our account…

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Israelis disguised as journalists shoot, abduct Palestinian students

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Undercover agents from Israel’s Border Police stormed the Birzeit University campus in the occupied West Bank disguised as journalists on Wednesday.

They beat and arrested Omar Kiswani, the head of the student council.

The university said Wednesday night that two students were injured by Israeli gunfire during the incursion and were being treated at the hospital.

Birzeit University condemned what it called a “barbaric intrusion.”

It said the assault was part and parcel of Israel’s “systematic destruction of Palestinian educational life by targeting academic institutions.”

During the incident, according to the university, students and campus guards confronted the occupation forces, but the Israeli soldiers confined the guards to their quarters.

Earlier, the university posted the video above on YouTube showing several Israeli gunmen beating and kicking Kiswani and brandishing their guns at other students.

The university also tweeted the video, stating that it shows “Israeli forces kidnap…

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Churches Closing in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem’s Church of Holy Sepulchre CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. (A sign on the Church says “enough is enough, stop the persecution of churches.)

In a rare move, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was closed on Sunday until further notice in protest of Israeli government legislation and new city tax policy. The decision was announced on Sunday by the churches sharing the management of the property, the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Armenian.

The heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem announced the move as the Ministerial Committee for Legislation was set to discuss a bill that would allowing the state to expropriate land in Jerusalem sold by the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches since 2010.

The churches are also protesting the Jerusalem municipality’s new policy on municipal tax payments for church property. Church representatives have accused Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat of breaching international treaties after the municipality said…

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Israel tortures 60 pct of detained Palestinian minors

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Israel tortures 60 pct of detained Palestinian minors

Around 6,500 Palestinians, including 350 children are currently being held at Israeli prisons

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sixty percent of Palestinian children detained at Israeli prisons get subjected to physical and psychological torture, Palestinian Society Prisoners Club said Sunday.

In a statement, the nongovernmental organization said minors were being exposed to “physical and psychological torture through several ways, including detention during late hours of the night and by beatings.”

Minors were also being subjected to “threats and confessions were being extracted from them under duress; they are kept for hours without food or drink and are subjected to interrogation for long periods; they also face direct insults and obscene words thrown at them.”

The statement included three testimonies from three children who were being held at the Ofer Prison in the West Bank.

Mustafa al-Badan, 17, Faisal al-Shaer, 16, and Ahmed al-Shalalda, 15, said in their testimonies that they were abused during detention…

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