The Fight to Save Lifta, the Last Remaining Palestinian Village

11 July 2021 — MintPress News

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Lifta, the only town Israel did not demolish after the Nakba, stands as a symbol of the Palestinian right of return, but an Israeli government “development” plan may soon change that.

by Jessica Buxbaum

LIFTA, JERUSALEM — Yacoub Odeh is 81 years old but he can still remember his childhood in the Palestinian village of Lifta as if it were yesterday. Children playing together in the gardens, swimming in the pools and laying in the grass.

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Palestine: Smashed Houses, Crushed Orchards, A Trail of Unrestrained Malice

19 June 2021 — Barbara Nimri Aziz

by Barbara Nimri Aziz

Christian Science Monitor Illustration accompanying my 1996 article, below

Residents of Sheikh Jarrah’s resistance to eviction by Israeli Jews evolved into a military confrontation so lopsided, the Israeli bombardments against Gaza so terrifying, it drew widespread condemnation (the US government excepted).

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This time it’s different

14 May 2021 — The Electronic Intifada

Ahmed Abu Artema

A streak of light from a rocket blazes through a dark skyResistance movements in Gaza are responding to a wave of popular anger over Israeli provocations in Jerusalem and at al-Aqsa. – Bashar Taleb APA images

As I write, the building I live in here in Gaza is shaking continuously. Above us, Israeli F-16 warplanes pummel us with a seemingly endless barrage of bombs.

I am writing amid a rapid flow of developing events, so it is certain that by the time this is published, many things may have changed, but I am trying to highlight the general features of this current round of escalation in Palestine.

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Palestine/Gaza News Links 14 April – 12 May 2021

12 May 2021 18:49  — The New Dark Age

Enough is Enough: It is Time for Apartheid to End, by Kenn Orphan
I have anxiety in my heart tonight. I have friends in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, Palestinians and Israeli Jews, and I am truly fearing for them. Several of them have reported explosions close to their homes.

Muna is Palestine, Yakub is Israel: The Untold Story of Sheikh Jarrah
There are two separate Sheikh Jarrah stories – one read and watched in the news and another that receives little media coverage or due analysis.

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Israel’s Pogroms in Jerusalem Could Spark the Destruction of al-Aqsa

11 May 2021 — Mint Press News

A Palestinian man runs away from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces in front of the Dome of the Rock Mosque at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City Monday, May 10, 2021. Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters at a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site on Monday, the latest in a series of confrontations that is pushing the contested city to the brink of eruption. Palestinian medics said at least 180 Palestinians were hurt in the violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, including 80 who were hospitalized. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

There is every reason to believe the tragic (and seemingly unbelievable) scenario that one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites, and one of the world’s most revered monuments, could soon lay ruined in ashes as Zionist forces smile in satisfaction.

by Miko Peled

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“Deep concern” won’t halt Jerusalem evictions

7 May 2021 — The Electronic Intifada

Maureen Clare Murphy

Israeli police detain a Palestinian protester in Sheikh Jarrah on 4 May. – Ammar Awad Reuters

Israel, it would seem, is counting on getting away with murder and ethnic cleansing in perpetuity.

The state’s authorities said they were investigating the death of Said Yousef Muhammad Odeh, a Palestinian boy who was shot in the back by Israeli soldiers earlier this week.

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An Israeli charity group is uprooting Palestinians – not planting trees

21 July 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The Jewish National Fund has won plaudits for its environmental work, but its agenda has been to evict on behalf of the state

The National – 21 July 2020

The Jewish National Fund, established more than 100 years ago, is perhaps the most venerable of the international Zionist organisations. Its recent honorary patrons have included prime ministers, and it advises UN forums on forestry and conservation issues.

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Palestinians hunker down for Ramadan, facing a virus that doesn’t discriminate but an occupier that does

25 April 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Palestine DeepDive – 25 April 2020

As the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins, the coronavirus outbreak in Israel and the Palestinian territories is proving how inevitably intertwined the two populations’ lives are, while also underlining the extreme differentials of power between them.

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FCO Speeds Up Planning to Move UK Embassy to Jerusalem

18 August 2019 — Craig Murray

Following US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s talks with Boris Johnson and his ministers in London last week, FCO officials have been asked to speed up contingency planning for the UK to move its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, with an eye to an “early announcement” post Brexit.

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Sur Baher home demolitions illustrate a vicious spiral of oppression in Palestine By Jonathan Cook

28 July 2019 — Jonathan Cook

The more the West represses criticism, the more Israel luxuriates in its impunity

The National – 28 July 2019

Recent events have shone a spotlight not only on how Israel is intensifying its abuse of Palestinians under its rule, but the utterly depraved complicity of western governments in its actions.

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Israel’s machinery of dispossession has crushed the hopes of an inspirational family By Jonathan Cook

14 July 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook: the View from Nazareth - www.jonathan-cook.netThe struggle of Jawad Siyam perfectly illustrates the relentless oppression faced by all Palestinians

The National – 14 July 2019

Israeli police forced out the Siyam family from their home in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem last week, the final chapter in their 25-year legal battle against a powerful settler organisation.

The family’s defeat represented much more than just another eviction. It was intended to land a crushing blow against the hopes of some 20,000 Palestinians living in the shadow of the Old City walls and Al Aqsa mosque.

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Shoot protesters while they rest — Israel’s new rules By Maureen Clare Murphy

28 June 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

A protester in central Gaza during Great March of Return protests on 30 March 2019. Mahmoud Khattab APA images

Shooting “key instigators” during unarmed protests in Gaza when they’re resting. Opening fire on teenagers attempting to make their way to pray in Jerusalem when they pose no danger.

This is the routine, unjustified and criminal use of live fire against Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces.

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Jerusalem cable car project passes over objections from many quarters

13 May 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Political interests drive tourism plan that would blight historic city’s skyline and bypass Palestinians

The National – 13 May 2019

A proposed cable car project through occupied East Jerusalem has received new impetus from the rise of the Israeli far right and Washington’s decision to move its embassy to the city. But if completed, critics say, the long-running proposal would contribute to erasing the visibility of Palestinians in the city they hope to make their capital.

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Is leaked document Trump’s ‘deal of the century’? By Jonathan Cook

9 May 2019 — Jonathan Cook

If genuine, the report published by an Israeli newspaper widely seen as Netanyahu’s mouthpiece offers a catastrophic vision of the Palestinians’ future

Middle East Eye – 9 May 2019

A report published this week by the Israel Hayom newspaper apparently leaking details of Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” reads like the kind of peace plan that might be put together by an estate agent or car salesman.

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A new capital? Palestinians say Abu Dis is no substitute for East Jerusalem By Jonathan Cook

9 September 2018 — Jonathan Cook

It is being touted as part of a peace plan, but Jonathan Cook finds only a wasteland in the West Bank

The National – 9 September 2018

From the offputting concrete edifice that confronts a visitor to Abu Dis, the significance of this West Bank town – past and present – is not immediately obvious.

The eight metre-high grey slabs of Israel’s separation wall silently attest to a divided land and a quarter-century of a failed Middle East peace process.

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