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Israeli soldiers kill innocent unarmed Palestinian teen in Tulkarem clashes

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341983C-is-force-plIsraeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager during clashes in the northern West Bank village of Bala, east of Tulkarem, overnight Sunday, medics said.
Red Crescent officials told  that 18-year-old Huthayfa Othman Suleiman was shot in the chest during clashes and died in the operating room.

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Hamas: The resistance knows how to respond to the desecration of Al-Aqsa

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plf resistance-knowsHamas stressed that the resistance factions in the West Bank know how to respond to the violation of Al-Aqsa Mosque's sanctity after hundreds of Israeli soldiers and settlers stormed mosque complex to mark the Tisha B'Av holiday, a Jewish holiday commemorating what Jews believe to be the destruction of the First and Second Temples.

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On ‘Lost Causes’ and the Future of Palestine

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filehe appearance of Palestinian defeat is an optical illusion—one that hides the probability of eventual Israeli defeat.
Mourners carry the bodies of two Palestinians, Nadim Nuwara, front, and Mohammad Abu Daher, who were shot dead by Israeli forces in May 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Richard Falk, a Nation editorial-board member and professor emeritus of
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Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue hunger strike

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More than 70 Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons have continued a hunger strike for a seventh day to demand an end to Tel Aviv’s solitary confinement policy.
pp plThe Palestinian Prisoners Society, a non-governmental organization, said on Sunday that the number of striking prisoners has risen to 100.
The Palestinian Detainees Committee said the prisoners are striking against Israel’s recent decision to place a number of inmates in solitary confinement.
“Forcing the detainees into solitary confinement is an illegal, vindictive and punitive measure,” the detainees are reported to have said in a statement. “Solitary confinement is like graves for the living; we call for urgent and serious measures to oblige Israel to end its violations of international law.”
According to the Palestinian NGO, Israel’s Prison Service, the agency responsible for overseeing jails, had transferred several strike leaders to the Israeli Ktziot, Nafha, and Raymond prisons in order to counter the protest.
A number of prisoners at Ktziot and Raymond jails were also reportedly told that they would be transferred to other centers.
Israeli officials have not yet made any comment.
The strike is also in solidarity with Nahar al-Saadi, who’s been refusing to eat since November 20 to protest his solitary confinement since May last year.
More than 30 Palestinian prisoners are being held in solitary confinement under inhumane circumstances in Eshil, Nafha, Majeddo, Asqalan, Ramla and Ramon prisons.
Reports say more than 7,000 Palestinians are being held in Israeli jails, many of them without charge or trial.
The Israeli Prison Service has come under criticism from human rights groups for rampant rights abuses in jails.

Israeli forces kill senior Palestinian official

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Israeli forces have killed a senior Palestinian official during a protest rally near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
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According to Palestinian security sources on Wednesday, Ziad Abu Ein, who was in charge of  the issue of Israeli settlements within the Palestinian Authority, died after Israeli soldiers hit him with the butts of their weapons and their helmets during the rally in the village of Turmus Ayya.
Abu Ein "was martyred after being beaten in the chest," said Ahmed Bitawi, the director of the Ramallah hospital.
The president of the Palestinian national unity government, Mahmud Abbas, condemned "the brutal assault that led to the martyrdom" of Abu Ein, calling it "a barbaric act that cannot be tolerated or accepted."
"We will take the necessary measures after the results of the investigation into the incident," Abbas said.
Tensions have been running high in the past few weeks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem Al-Quds over the desecration by Israeli troops against Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Pakistan Makes its Largest Ever Contribution for UNRWA, Gaza Reconstruction

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JERUSALEM, December 8, 2014 (WAFA) – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has pledged its largest ever donation 
of US$ 1 million in support of emergency needs in Gaza, including reconstruction.
plf pakis 2The Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United Nations, Ambassador Masood Khan, presented the donation to the Director of the UNRWA Representative Office in New York, Richard Wright.
“UNRWA is extremely grateful to the Government and people of Pakistan for this exceptional gesture, which will help alleviate the suffering of Palestine refugees in Gaza, in particular those living under extreme hardship following the summer’s hostilities and large-scale destruction,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl.
“It is my hope that other countries will, like Pakistan, come forward generously to show their support for Palestine refugees.”
The agency recently issued a $1.6 billion appeal for funds for recovery and reconstruction.
More than 30,050 homes were bombed and demolished were demolished during the summer Israeli aggression on Gaza.
Over 5,238 structures were also demolished, while 4,374 others were partially demolished.
The aggression resulted in the killing of at least 2,150 Palestinians, including women, children and entire households.

Israeli forces arrest 12 Palestinian fishermen off Gaza coast

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Israeli forces have arrested 12 Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip and confiscated their boats and equipment by force.
plffishIsraeli naval forces detained the fishermen from four boats near al-Sudaniyya area in northern Gaza early on Sunday, a researcher for the Gaza-based al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said.
The arrests marked largest detention of Gaza fishermen since the seven-week Israeli offensive on the besieged enclave which started on July 8 and ended on August 26, the researcher said.
An Israeli army spokeswoman claimed the fishing boats were apprehended after crossing to a fishing zone restricted by Israel.
Israeli warships have opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Gaza on many occasions, violating a ceasefire agreement with the Palestinians that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
Under the ceasefire agreement, Israel said it would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast and allow fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore. The Israeli military actions have significantly damaged Gaza’s fishing industry.
The Gaza Strip has been under Israel’s blockade since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standard of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

Gunmen kill Palestinian worker in Qalansuwa

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Gunmen have killed a Palestinian worker in the town of Qalansuwa in the occupied territories.
plfkillAbd al-Azim al-Wadiya, the head of the village council of Qusra in the Nablus district, where the victim was from, said that the incident occurred on Saturday when three gunmen opened fire on a workers’ apartment in the Arab town.
Kathem Ramadan Sami Odeh, 25, lost his life after three bullets hit him in the stomach and the neck, Wadiya said.
He added that other workers in the apartment managed to escape the attack.
The motives behind the shooting remain unclear.
Odeh’s body has been transferred to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv, Wadiya said.
Israeli police have made no comment on the incident.

Palestine not to recognize Jewish state: Abbas

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The president of the Palestinian national unity government says Palestinians cannot and will not recognize Israel as a "Jewish state".
plfyo08Palestinians "cannot recognize a Jewish state. We will stand against this enterprise, not out of obstinacy, but because it contradicts our interests,” Mahmud Abbas said an interview with the Egyptian daily Akhbar Al-Yawm.
He further said that there are six million “Palestinian refugees”, including himself, who’ve become homeless since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1948.
The recognition of a Jewish state contradicts the Palestinians’ interests by “preventing the return of the Palestinian refugees,” Abbas added.
Abbas further said in the interview that Israelis are too difficult a partner to negotiate with because they are not interested in "peace".
"Working with Israel is very difficult, if not impossible. We are conducting mutual relations with people who don't believe in peace. You ask for peace, and they do not want it...,” he said
The president of the Palestinian national unity government also reiterated the Palestinians’ call for an independent state based on the pre-1967 boundaries and an end to the Israel occupation.
"We want a state in the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, and we want to [set] a date to end the occupation. That is all we want. If Israel agrees to this now, we will go to negotiations. [But] they use deception and excel at media fraud,” Abbas said.
In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem Al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip. However, Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.On May 17, 2014, almost all countries in the United Nations voted in favor of Resolution 58/292 stipulating that the borders of a Palestinian state should be based on the pre-1967 borders.
"If we cannot get what we want, there are other steps [we can take]. The first step is joining many international organizations, such as the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice,” Abbas further said, adding, “There are 520 international organizations, and [joining them] will surely bother everyone. If there is an appeal to the ICC, and a Palestinian files a lawsuit against an Israeli, they [the Israelis] get scared, because they are wanted and cannot travel."
Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of East Jerusalem Al-Quds.

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