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    • My father was jailed for believing Palestine must be free

      The Israeli occupation thinks that my father, non-violent organizer Munther Amirah, is a threat to its apartheid system because he radiates hope to our community. By Ghaida Amirah I was born at a time when people believed the Israeli occupation would soon be over. Following the signing of the Oslo agreement, my father was confident there would be no Israeli occupation by the time I entered school. Long years went by. I am 23 years old now and just recently graduated as a lawyer. But my father, Munther Amirah, is now in an Israeli prison. [tmwinpost] My father serves as the…

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    • Asylum seekers begin hunger strike to protest deportation deadline

      Hundreds in Israel's 'Holot' detention facility start a hunger strike after seven asylum seekers are sent to prison for refusing to leave Israel for Rwanda. By Yael Marom Israeli authorities sent seven Eritrean asylum seekers to prison on Tuesday, after they refused to be sent to Rwanda as part of a "voluntary" deportation program. Israel is giving Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers an impossible choice: leave for a third country where they are not guaranteed any legal status, or be imprisoned in Israel — indefinitely. [tmwinpost] Some 700 asylum seekers currently detained in Holot have begun a hunger strike in…

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    • Palestinian youth in Nablus: 'Unite and stop with the division'

      Palestinian youth demonstrate in Nablus, demanding peace and calling for non-violent opposition to the occupation.  By +972 Magazine Staff Palestinian youth from across the West Bank demonstrated near Al Najah University in Nablus on Monday. The demonstrators held a long banner bearing slogans calling for peace, supporting non-violent struggle, and thanking the countries that opposed U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The demonstration was organised by Zimam, a Palestinian grassroots movement. [tmwinpost] Samer Makhlouf, CEO of Zimam, said that the demonstration was intended not only to provide Palestinian youth “with a platform to express their…

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    • Israel is helping Rwanda rewrite the history of genocide

      Israel, which has supplied numerous despotic regimes with advanced weaponry, is now helping the Rwandan government rewrite the narrative of the 1994 genocide. So much for the lessons of the Holocaust. By Eitay Mack Israel was the only Western state to endorse the Rwandan dictatorship's scandalous proposal in January to change the factual and legal international consensus about the genocide that took place there in 1994. The Rwandan government seeks to create a new narrative that deletes from memory the murder of moderate Hutus who supported a compromise with the Tutsis. Following the resolution's adoption, Noa Furman, Israel's deputy ambassador to the UN, delivered a passionate…

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    • Ruling gives a drop of hope for asylum seekers facing deportation in Israel

      An appeals tribunal recognizes an Eritrean man's refugee status on the grounds that he fled the Eritrean army, rejecting a policy that has resulted in one of the lowest refugee recognition rates in the world. Attorney Elad Cahana, who worked on the case, speaks to +972 Magazine about its implications for the thousands of asylum seekers Israel is planning to deport. A Justice Ministry appeals tribunal last week handed down what many are hoping will be a groundbreaking ruling for Eritrean asylum seekers in Israel. A judge ruled that desertion from the Eritrean army, which forms at least part of the…

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    • How international performers are unwittingly brought to Israeli settlements

      A Honda-sponsored racing event is moved from a settlement into Israel proper. Organizers admit they didn't inform the headliner that it was in occupied territory, and the racer says he wouldn't have participated if he had known. For the past several weeks, the Israeli Motorsports Federation and Honda Israel have been promoting an event featuring a rising international motorcycle racing star and a legendary motorcycle racing team. The catch? The racetrack is located deep inside the occupied West Bank — in an Israeli settlement called Petza’el. Joe Roberts, the main attraction, says he was never told about its exact location. [tmwinpost]…

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    • Why Israel is so worried about Qatari outreach to American Jews

      Qatar has been focusing on prominent American Jewish leaders as the isolated Gulf state seeks to repair its image. Why American Jews? It's about Saudi Arabia. By Mitchell Plitnick On January 31, the Israeli embassy in the United States stated that Israel did not approve of several right wing, pro-Israel American Jewish leaders meeting with senior officials, including the emir, of Qatar. “We oppose this outreach effort in the Jewish and pro-Israel community,” said embassy spokesman Itai Bar Dov. It was an unusual, and in some ways bizarre, statement. What was Israel so worried about? [tmwinpost] “There is nothing wrong with analysts…

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    • The end of Israel's 'enlightened' occupation

      A decision to apply Israel's higher education law to the West Bank exposes as a ruse Israel's claims that it administers the occupied Palestinian territories according to international law. By Michal Luft For years, Israel nurtured its image as an enlightened occupier in the Palestinian territories. It not only insisted on portraying itself to the world as an occupying power that rules over the territories according to the laws of belligerent occupation, it also prided itself on how it administered those territories. That job was given to the IDF's regional commander, who was portrayed as someone whose job requires him to work in an…

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