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On civil disobedience
Neve Gordon, The Palestine Chronicle


Gaza families demand answers
Ma'an News


Goldstone and the 'peace process'
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Resisting the "cannibalization" of Palestine's heritage

The port city of Akka (also known as Acre) is one of the places where the conflict over ownership of Palestinian history and culture is most stark. The recent campaign to prevent the historic Khan al-Umdan being turned into a luxury hotel by Israeli developers highlighted the struggle by an economically and politically marginalized Palestinian community to resist gentrification and an insidious ethnic cleansing. Director Patrick Stewart does an admirable job in "It's Better to Jump" of conveying both the staggeringly long history of this beautiful port and the challenges which beset its people on a daily basis. 

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Medics: Palestinian woman dies after inhaling tear gas

A Palestinian woman died in hospital after inhaling tear gas used by the Israeli army to disperse protesters near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a medical official said Tuesday. Late on Monday the army "fired tear gas near the home of the woman, who was suffering from health problems," the medical official told AFP. The woman, in her 40s, "died after arriving at hospital," the official said. 

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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian youth in northern Gaza

Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, witnesses told Ma'an. Soldiers positioned at Erez crossing opened fire at a group of Palestinian men collecting stones from nearby fields, hitting 19-year-old Wasim Abu Audah in the leg, locals said. An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the shooting, saying there were 30 Palestinians gathered in the area. 

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Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar aims for a global stage

Tamer Nafar, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, has undergone a vivid transformation since his teenage years in the nightclubs of Tel Aviv, where he got his start rapping in Hebrew under the wing of a Zionist Jewish MC. Politicized during the Second Intifada, Nafar denounced his mentor, shifted to Arabic and gave voice to a generation of young, disaffected Palestinians on both sides of the green line. 

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Israel allows settlers back into contested West Bank home

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on Sunday approved the return of Jewish settlers to a contested house in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, his office said. The supreme court ruled last month that settlers were the lawful owners of the building in the heart of the occupied Palestinian city, ending a legal dispute lasting nearly seven years. 

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Israeli forces critically injure, detain youth in Aida camp

Israeli forces raided Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem late Sunday, where they shot and arrested a Palestinian youth, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society told Ma'an. The society quoted the family of 20-year-old Hamza Battah as saying Israeli soldiers shot him in the leg and the abdomen. Israeli soldiers then detained him and brought him to Shaare Zedek medical center in Jerusalem in critical condition. 

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Israeli forces close down Beit Ummar village

Israeli forces closed down the village of Beit Ummar north of Hebron and erected several flying checkpoints around it. Spokesman for the local resistance committee Mohammad Ayyad Awad said dozens of Israeli soldiers and vehicles were deployed at the entrances of the village and were searching passersby. Awad said that Israeli forces raided the house of Ahmad Younis Abu Ayyash and turned it into a military barracks. 

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