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Academic Newsletter N° 62 (September 2020)

Contents:

Spotlight -- Actions -- Academia -- Analyses -- BDS -- COVID-19 -- International -- Israel -- Palestine  -- Refugees -- Resources -- Videos

Spotlight :
Palestinians in Israel's Colonial Prisons
"These chains must be broken"

"According to (an) estimate by the Ministry of Prisoners and former Prisoners' Affairs, approximately 650,000 Palestinians had been arrested in the course of 4 decades of Israeli military control (between June 1967 and April 2006)... The statistics are indicative... of the persistence of an Israeli policy of mass imprisonment in reaction to the varying manifestations of Palestinian resistance to Israel's military occupation... That mass imprisonment has had a fundamental impact on Palestinian society in the OPT is amply manifest in a range of spheres and areas. To start with, it is rare to find a family in the West Bank or in the Gaza Strip that has not experienced the incarceration (even if short-term) of at least one of its male members and many a family has faced the imprisonment of two or more members..."

Source: "THREAT. Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel."
Palestinian prisoners charged with security-related offences are immediately taken as a threat to Israel's security. They are seen as potential, if not actual, suicide bombers. This stereotype ignores the political nature of the Palestinian prisoners' actions and their desire for liberty.
22 contributions  (among them one of
Nahla Abdo: "Palestinian Women Political Prisoners and the Israeli State") edited by Abeer Baker and Anat Matar (Pluto Press, 2011, 261p.).

Statistics on Palestinians in the custody of the Israeli security forces 
At the end of June 2020, there were 4,279 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners being held in Israel Prison Service (IPS) facilities, including 263 from the Gaza Strip. In addition, at least 546 Palestinians, 7 of them from the Gaza Strip, were in IPS prisons for 'being in Israel illegally.' Due to IPS policy as of May 2020 not to provide B'Tselem with figures under 5, the overall number of detainees and prisoners, as provided B'Tselem, may not match the sum total of detainees and prisoners in the various categories. Continue...


Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association:
"Israeli Prisons and Detention Centers"

Palestinian adults and children in the West Bank are continuously facing arrest, prosecution and imprisonment under an Israeli military detention system that denies them their basic rights. The system consists of a network of military bases, interrogation centres (of the Shin Bet) and detention centers, military courts and policestations in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and in Israel. Some of the latter are established in a colony in the West Bank.


Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is an international network of organizers and activists working to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for freedom. Samidoun developed out of the September-October 2011 hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, seeing a need for a dedicated network to support Palestinian prisoners. We work to raise awareness and provide resources about Palestinian political prisoners, their conditions, their demands, and their work for freedom for themselves, their fellow prisoners, and their homeland. We also work to organize campaigns to make political change and advocate for Palestinian prisoners' rights and freedoms.

Samidoun mourns the passing of Palestinian prisoner
Daoud al-Khatib

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, September 2, mourns the death of Daoud al-Khatib from Bethlehem, who died of a heart attack in Ofer prison after over 18 years in Israeli prisons and with just less than six months remaining in his sentence.
His imprisonment itself was fundamentally unjust, like that of his over 4,700 fellow Palestinian political prisoners, imprisoned for their just resistance to colonization, occupation and oppression.
Daoud al-Khatib's death also reflects the systematic policy of medical neglect practiced against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, the denial of adequate health care and the damaging conditions of daily life. Over 225 Palestinian prisoners have lost their lives in Israeli prisons, many due to
medical neglect and mistreatment. All of them are martyrs in the struggle for justice and liberation.


"Palestinian student Nizar Issa Qaddoumi forcibly kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces"
(Samidoun, Aug 31):

Israeli occupation forces abducted Nizar Issa Qaddoumi, 26, on the evening of Monday, 31 August, 2020, as he worked at the Al-Natour gas station in Tulkarem. Nizar, a student at Kadoorie - Palestine Technical University, is the latest Palestinian student to be seized by occupation forces in a violent kidnapping (accompanying video).
There are currently over 200 Palestinian university students in Israeli prisons, and Israeli occupation forces routinely invade Palestinian university campuses and students' homes, interrogating them and imprisoning them - either in administrative detention without charge or trial, or by dragging these civilian students before military courts for participating in student activities like campaigns, book fairs and demonstrations on campus... Continue.

"Occupation routine, December 2019:
Four teenagers held for months witho
ut trial"

(B'TSELEM, February 6, 2020):

Since 2015, hardly a month has gone by without Israel holding Palestinian minors in administrative detention - after the practice was avoided for some four years since December 2011. At the end of April 2016, the number peaked at 13 and since 2017 the average has been two to four a month. At the end of December 2019, the Israel Prison Service was holding at least 186 Palestinian minors as "security prisoners", at least four of them in administrative detention.
In administrative detention, the minors do not even know the allegations against them. The judicial review is meaningless in these cases, too, as the judges sign off on almost all detention requests. The violation of minors' rights in administrative detention is compounded by uncertainty, as the detention orders can be extended time and again, so detainees never know when they will be released. This ambiguity makes the situation much harder for the minors and their families, as it is unclear when they will be able to go back to their lives. 
Continue...

Tamara Nassar, "Israeli neglect fuels virus spread among Palestinian prisoners"
(The Electronic Intifada, 31 August 2020):

Human rights groups are sounding the alarm over the spread of coronavirus among Palestinians in Israeli jails. At least five Palestinian prisoners have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 recently, including a child. They were being held at Ofer military prison near Ramallah, where Israeli occupation forces also detain Palestinian children. The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council warned of a "real disaster" in the case of an epidemic in Israeli prisons. Human rights groups have repeatedly warned of Israel's systematic medical neglect and overcrowding in its prisons in light of the pandemic. They have urged prison authorities to provide sanitary products and release at-risk detainees, including the sick and the elderly.

"Torture positions in Israeli occupation prisons"
(Addameer, pdf, 32p., 2020):

Since its creation, the occupying state enforced and developed laws and practices that led to both the systematic use of torture and to absolute impunity for the perpetrator of this crime. Historically speaking, several torture methods were used against Palestinians, that included but were not limited to shaking, the baby chair, covering the head with a bag, forced listening to loud music, the closet, ripping of nails, and many other methods that were used to extract confessions from Palestinian detainees. In fact, since the beginning of the occupation in 1967, 73 Palestinian detainees were killed in Israeli interrogations.

"These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Prisoners Speak out"
Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons.

Foreword by Khalida Jarrar, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Afterword by Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories and Prof. Em. Princeton University. Beautifully illustrated by Dalia Alkayyali.
Clarity Press, 2020, pb, 181p. $24.95. 

Actions & Calls :             

Prominent Palestinian Astrophysicist set to administrative detention by Israeli military order!

After thousands of scholars worldwide demanded that Prof. Imad Barghouthi (Al-Quds Univ.) be freed from prison and his lawyer successfully argued for his release on bail, the release was granted by the judge on his case on September 2nd. The Israeli Military Commander of the oPt, however, overruled the judge's verdict. He placed our colleague under 'administrative detention' until November 15th.
Escalating their campaign for his release,
Scientists for Palestine (S4P) continue to call scholars from over the world to join their plea and demand the immediate release of Prof. Barghouthi.
On August 10th, Prof. Barghouthi wrote a
first letter from prison: click here!
September 12th he delivered to the S4P a second letter: "On my current administrative detention," click here!  This second letter is also available in French (on AURDIP). Available in Spanish (pdf): S4P's call and the second letter ("Sobre mi situación actual en detención administrativa").

ENDORSE THE S4P PETITION FOR HIS RELEASE!
and distribute the call among your colleagues, please!
[Sept 20: already 2.764 signatories, of whom at least 964 'academic' (waiting for an update)].

"À l'occasion de son 27ème anniversaire : Vaincre Oslo, affronter la normalisation, intensifier le boycott"
(Samidoun via Palestine Vaincra, le 14 sept): 

À l'occasion du 27e anniversaire de la signature de la déclaration de principes - les accords d'Oslo - à Washington, le réseau de solidarité avec les prisonniers palestiniens Samidoun souligne que la lutte pour mettre un terme définitif à la voie d'Oslo est peut-être plus cruciale que jamais. L'accord signé sur la pelouse de la Maison Blanche et la fameuse poignée de main d'Yitzhak Rabin et de Yasser Arafat ont été faussement présentés comme une promesse de paix et d'espoir pour les Palestiniens, refusée pendant des décennies, mais en réalité, il s'agissait d'un programme de poursuite et d'intensification de la colonisation et de suppression de la lutte de libération palestinienne. L'ensemble du projet d'Oslo a toujours été destiné à intensifier la répression, la division et la fragmentation du peuple palestinien, tout en imposant un cadre de « sécurité » palestinien au peuple palestinien qui lutte pour ses droits, pour le retour et la libération.
27 ans de dévastation d'Oslo. Depuis 27 ans, la dévastation causée par Oslo a entraîné le démembrement du mouvement de libération nationale palestinien, de ses syndicats et de ses institutions ; la dégradation de la situation pour les réfugiés palestiniens dans les camps et dans la diaspora et l'exil et les tentatives répétées de confisquer leur voix et leur décision ; la création d'une Autorité palestinienne (AP) soumise aux demandes états-unienne, européenne et israélienne tout en emprisonnant et en réprimant la résistance palestinienne ; l'expansion massive des colonies et le vol de terres dans toute la Cisjordanie palestinienne occupée ; la soumission de l'économie palestinienne à l'occupation israélienne...

"Salah Hamouri, bien décidé à rester dans la ville de sa naissance, Jérusalem" (Investig'Action, le 17 sept):

L'avocat franco-palestinien Salah Hamouri toute dernière cible de la politique israélienne de retrait du statut de résidence à Jérusalem. " Cette ville mérite qu'on connaisse pour elle toutes sortes de souffrances et je lutterai à jamais pour pouvoir y vivre ", dit-il... « La révocation du statut de résidence est une punition qui s'inscrit dans le cadre de la guerre démographique à Jérusalem. »  Continue...


Jewish Voice for Peace: "Tell Facebook - Part ways with Emi Palmor" (petition)

Emi Palmor, the former General Director of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, played a key role in implementing Israeli censorship policies. Tell Mark Zuckerberg that Facebook can't censor Palestinians - and Palmor has to go.
Co-sponsors: Palestine Solidarity Campaign - 7amleh - The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy - BDS Movement for Palestinian Rights.  
Continue...


Khaled Barakat, "Uphold Palestinian struggle in all its forms" (The Internet Intifada, 13 Aug):

Fifty years ago, Palestinian intellectual Ghassan Kanafani put forward a clear position about the boycott of Israel. Kanafani was, at the time, not only an esteemed novelist and short story writer. He was also one of the leading spokespeople of the Palestinian armed revolution, representing the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. "Our boycott of Israel is not based on an emotional position, but rather, it comes from the nature of our confrontation against this enemy. Boycott is in itself a statement," Kanafani wrote... Continue.


Academia :

"Inheriting the Impossible" - a conversation with Prof. Beshara Doumani (Gaby Kirk, in: Jewish Currents, Sept 3):

This past May, Brown became the first American university to endow a faculty chair in Palestinian studies when it announced historian Beshara Doumani's appointment as the inaugural Mahmoud Darwish Professor of Palestinian Studies. According to the university, the creation of the position - named for the famed Palestinian poet - "signifies Brown's commitment to the vitally important field of Palestinian Studies in perpetuity." Continue...


"University of Toronto rescinds job offer to academic over Israel criticism" (Middle East Eye Staff, Sept 17):

Valentina Azarova, fellow at Manchester International Law Centre, worked to establish human-rights enforcement mechanisms globally and has consulted on UN fact-finding missions (Reuters). - The University of Toronto is reported to have rescinded an offer to a prominent international academic for a position as director of its human rights programme because of her work on Israeli rights abuses, faculty have alleged.  Continue...

Also: "Search for new director of U of Toronto law faculty's International Human Rights Program leads to resignations, allegations of interference" (Shree Paradkar, The Star, Sept 17):

The faculty advisory board of the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law has resigned following a controversy over the hiring of a new director for the program. Several national and international scholars wrote to the university to express their consternation that the reversal came after reports of pressure from a sitting judge - a major donor to the faculty. He reportedly expressed concerns in private over (Valentina) Azarova's past work on the issue of Israel's human rights abuses in Palestine... "She's a human rights practitioner in a wide variety of areas,"said Itamar Mann, associate professor at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law, who worked closely with Azarova at the non-profit Global Legal Action Network on migration and refugee issues in Europe.   Continue...


Scientists for Palestine (S4P) is an international organisation created by and for scientists to promote science and support the integration of the occupied Palestinian territories in the international scientific community.

A Campaign for Non-Recognition of and No Ties With Ariel University

Authoritative Palestinian academic bodies are calling on states, academic institutions, multilateral research bodies and international academics not to recognize Ariel University and to refrain from any institutional relations with it. 
Ariel University is an illegal institution, and is deeply and directly complicit in Israel's system of oppression that has denied Palestinians their basic rights guaranteed by international law, including the right to education and academic freedom. 
Ariel University is the most prominent of several Israeli institutions of higher education built in illegal Israeli colony-settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank (it is financially heavily supported by American miljardairs like Sheldon Adelson).

No Academic Business as Usual with Ariel University and all other Israeli Academic Institutions illegally built on Occupied Palestinian Land! A Call from Palestine.

Supporting the Palestinian call to end ties with Israeli academic institutions in illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land:

ADD YOUR SIGNATURE, PLEASE!


Analyses and Comments :                                                

Amos Goldberg, "Dear Facebook: Please don't adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism" (Forward, Sept 13):

A coordinated public pressure campaign is attempting to induce Facebook to adopt the controversial definition of antisemitism used by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and to use it to police content published on its platform. On August 7, 128 organizations sent an open letter to Facebook's Board of Directors, calling on them "to fully adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism" and to implement a hate speech policy on antisemitism with that definition "at its core."...
Together with 55 other scholars specialized in antisemitism, Jewish and Holocaust history and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I have just sent my own letter to Facebook's Board of Directors warning them against adoption and application of the IHRA definition. We call on Facebook to fight all forms of hate speech on Facebook. But don't do so by adopting and applying a politicized definition of antisemitism, which has been weaponized to undermine free speech, in order to shield the Israeli government and to silence Palestinian voices and their supporters.

"Joint letter of 56 scholars to Facebook: Don't adopt the 'IHRA definition of antisemitism'" (7 Sept, pdf, 5p.). With the full list of signatories.

Prof. Amos Goldberg teaches at the Dpt of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Yael Berda, "The 'Permit Regime': Bureaucracy as a Weapon"
(Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, August 2020)

The institutional logic behind Israel's bureaucratic apparatus that regulates and restricts life under occupation.

Those who pay attention to Israel's military rule of the civilian Palestinian population since 1967 imagine military rule and the control of millions of civilians through images of pointed barrels of a gun, barbed wire, checkpoints and the notorious wall. Yet most of the weapons that control millions of Palestinians and effect their daily life are the invisible weapons of a vast bureaucratic structure that restrict mobility, through permits, identity documents, a massive system of surveillance enabled by separate rules governing Palestinians and Israelis in the same territory. Imagine if in order to go to work, go shopping, visit family, go to a cultural event you had to receive permission to move. Imagine that when you applied for a permit, you did not know if you would get one, what the procedure was like, who gets permits, and why. Imagine that you were one of over 250,000 people that were denied entry because they were defined as a "security threat" by the secret service. Imagine you do not even know why you were defined as such...
In the course of 53 years, accelerated by the Oslo process, (the Israeli) bureaucracy of the occupation became one of the most extreme cases of a sophisticated apparatus to manage population movement. The specific context of this regime is best understood with a settler-colonialism framework, but that does not mean it does not bare many similarities with other types of contemporary border controls and policing...

Yael Berda is Ass. Prof. at the Dpt of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University. 
Cf. her book, "Living Emergency. Israel's Permit Regime in the Occupied West Bank," 2017.

Raja Shehadeh, "Occupying Palestine is rotting Israel from inside. No Gulf peace deal can hide that" (The Guardian, Sept 17):

Israel has twisted its laws and contorted its politics to protect the occupation. The UAE and Bahrain deals won't create peace. -- More than a quarter of a century after Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, Israel has managed to turn its occupation of Palestinian territory from a burden into an asset. What was for so long a liability - the flagrant violation of international law - has now become a valued commodity. Understanding this development is key to explaining why the Israelis are making peace with two distant Gulf states but not their closest neighbours, the Palestinians – without whom there can be no real peace. Continue...


Jonathan Ofir, "'Iron wall' and 'Villa in the jungle' - Israel's colonialism has many names" (Mondoweiss, Sept 7):

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has chalked up more victories in his "normalization" efforts - Serbia and Kosovo will be opening embassies in Jerusalem, going against UNSC resolutions, since Israel unilaterally annexed East Jerusalem in flagrant violation of international law. They follow in the footsteps of USA and Guatemala...
For Israel, "peace" has always meant avoiding Palestinian statehood and marginalizing Palestinians. When Netanyahu says "circle of peace", what it really means is a colonialist cabal of war against Palestinians. Netanyahu has always seen such "peace" agreements as a means of increasing nationalist strength and further marginalizing adversaries to the colonialist designs.
Continue...
[In the picture, center, Zeev Jabotinsky]


Daanyaal Heydari, "It's time to defund the IDF" (Mondoweiss, Sept 9):

The IDF is an instrument of racialized population elimination, expulsion, transfer, concentration, and management. It is an authoritarian power that controls the lives of millions of Palestinians who don't have democratic access to the Knesset, Israel's parliament. What it "defends" is Jewish-Israeli supremacy over non-Jewish Palestinians, an ethnonationalist system that seizes executive authority over Palestinian bodies, lives, and land. It "defends" colonization and, ultimately, "defends" Israeli fear of Palestinians - fears rooted in racist stereotypes that paint Palestinians as violent monsters. Continue...


George Zeidan, "The Palestinian's ultimate guide to crossing an Israeli checkpoint" (+972 Magazine, Aug 19):

Not all Palestinians have the "privilege" to cross an Israeli checkpoint to enter occupied East Jerusalem or Israel. Indeed, many have never been to the "other side" because they were never granted a permit or even a chance to request a permit... So as not to trouble our oppressors too much, here's a 10-step guide to help Palestinians avoid racial profiling at checkpoints - and perhaps get to places on time. The trick, put simply, is to approach the crossing as a "non-Arab."
1) Have you considered raising a pet?...  Continue...


Jonathan Cook, "How Israel wages its war on Palestinian history" (The Nation, Aug 20):

The state is using a variety of means to create a perception that its policies vis-a-vis the Palestinians have been driven by security concerns. - When the Palestinian actor Mohammed Bakri made a documentary about Jenin in 2002 - filming immediately after the Israeli army had completed rampaging through the West Bank city, leaving death and destruction in its wake - he chose an unusual narrator for the opening scene: a mute Palestinian youth. Bakri's film "Jenin, Jenin" shows the young man hurrying silently between wrecked buildings, using his nervous body to illustrate where Israeli soldiers shot Palestinians and where bulldozers collapsed homes, sometimes on their inhabitants. It was not hard to infer Bakri's larger meaning: when it comes to their own story, Palestinians are denied a voice. They are silent witnesses to their own and their people's suffering and abuse. The irony is that Bakri has faced just such a fate himself since "Jenin, Jenin" was released 18 years ago. Bakri has been tied up in Israel's courts ever since, accused of defaming the soldiers who carried out the attack. He has paid a high personal price. Deaths threats, loss of work and endless legal bills that have near-bankrupted him...  Continue...


Mor Gilboa, "Israel's climate justice movement has a colonialism problem" (+972 Magazine, Sept 11):

Across the world, climate movements are firmly rooted on the political, social, and economic left. Their campaigning and advocacy make connections with struggles for democracy, social justice, and human rights, and speak out against racism, discrimination, nationalism, and neoliberalism. Not merely content with demanding a change in environmental policies, the global climate justice movement seeks to change economic power structures and liberate all living beings from all forms of oppression, violence, and dispossession.
Yet the Israeli climate movement often remains silent when it comes to fighting neoliberalism, racism, oppression, and the occupation and its profound ecological damage to this land and the people who live on it. To understand the depth of the crisis plaguing the Israeli climate movement, one need only to remember that its roots were planted in the earliest days of the Zionist movement, by those who believed that caring for the environment required, first and foremost, ensuring it was transferred from Arab to Jewish hands. 
 Continue...


BDS :

BDS : le jugement historique de la Cour Européenne des Droits de l'Homme est définitif ! (Euro-Palestine, 16 septembre):

ça y est ! C'est définif : il n'y a pas eu de recours de la part du gouvernement français auprès de la Chambre d'appel de la Cour Européenne des droits de l'Homme, en ce 18 septembre 2020, qui était la date limite pour un éventuel recours. L'Etat français est bel et bien condamné pour avoir sanctionné l'appel au boycott d'Israel... Un jugement à l'unanimité, d'une portée remarquable, puisqu'il ne concerne pas que les membres de l'Union européenne mais tous les pays européens, y compris la Suisse, la Russie, ou encore la grande-Bretagne, même si elle a quitté l'UE. En fait, c'est une juridiction internationale et elle peut même avoir des effets sur les USA. Continue...

Ali Abunimah, "Amid criticism, scholar Homi Bhahba pulls out of Israel conference" (The Internet Intifada, Sept 15)):

Homi K. Bhabha, the renowned scholar of postcolonial studies, has confirmed his withdrawal from a conference in Israel amid criticism of his acceptance of the invitation. Bhabha, a humanities professor at Harvard, had been scheduled to give the keynote address via Zoom at the annual conference of the Israeli Sociological Society (ISS) in February.
...Bhabha is best known for his explorations of the concept of
hybridity - a way of talking about the cultural outcomes arising from the encounters between colonizers and those they colonized. He has received the Padma Bhushan Award, one of India's highest civilian honors. Bhabha has however come in for strong criticism over his treatment of the question of Palestine...

"Palestinians lead Arab artists to boycott UAE culture events after Israel deal" (The Times of Israel, Sept 3):

The United Arab Emirates' move to pursue normalization with Israel has prompted a backlash from Arab artists and intellectuals, with several boycotting Emirati-backed cultural awards and events to support the Palestinian cause. "I announce that I am withdrawing from your exhibition," Palestinian photographer Mohamed Badarne wrote to the Sharjah Art Foundation, based in one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE. "As a people under occupation, we must take a stand against anything to do with reconciliation with the (Israeli) occupier," Berlin-based Badarne told AFP...


COVID-19 in the oPt:

Afif Abu Much, "Second wave of virus ravages Israel's Arab population" (Al-Monitor, Sept 14):

Israel will go into full lockdown this week starting Sept. 18, the eve of the Jewish New Year. Once that happens, Israel will be the first country in the developed world to impose a second lockdown... What happened in the second wave? How did the Arab community go from being a source of admiration to one of infection since life went back to normal in May? The main source of infection seems to be weddings and other special events... One hub of infection is the Arab town of Tira. In a conversation with Al-Monitor, chemist Riam Samara-Abu Much of Tira explained, "Tira may be considered a red city, but the apathy and indifference are widespread among the inhabitants. We’ve seen weddings with hundreds of participants, restaurants are full and the stores are packed with shoppers. In other words, life continues as normal... I do support the decision to impose a total lockdown, because I am worried that we will reach the point that Italy and Spain did. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the government has been a complete failure in everything to do with fighting the coronavirus. This is an emergency government that was formed to fight the virus, but it looks like the coronavirus is at the bottom of its list of priorities. The government is dealing with everything except for COVID-19."  Continue...


Gaza's first community COVID-19 cases are only the latest crisis in a pan-regional humanitarian emergency affecting Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory and Lebanon.

On 24 August the Ministry of Health in Gaza declared that it has discovered the first cases of COVID-19 outside of quarantine centres, with four individuals infected within the densely-populated refugee camp of Maghazi. A 48-hour curfew has been declared as local authorities scramble to identify and isolate any further cases in the community and prevent further infections. On 26 August, nine new cases were identified in Gaza as the infection continues to spread. These cases raise fears of the "nightmare scenario" of a widespread outbreak of the disease beyond the coping capacity of  Gaza's healthcare system, long on the brink of collapse, and a society that is suffocating under illegal collective punishment in the form of Israel's 13-year closure and blockade.

Gaza Strip on Verge of Real Collapse Due to Coronavirus Outbreak and Ongoing Israeli Closure
(Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Aug 27):

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) warns of the collapse of humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip due to the closure imposed by the Israeli authorities on the Gaza Strip for 14 years along with the serious challenges following the outbreak of coronavirus across the Gaza Strip, where 26 coronavirus cases were confirmed and 2 deaths were reported during the past two days outside the quarantine centers.
PCHR further warns of the catastrophic consequences resulting from the ongoing restrictions on entry of hundreds of basic needs into the Gaza Strip, practically medicines, medical supplies and equipment, construction materials and the fuel required to operate the Gaza Power Plant...

OCHA oPt: "COVID-19 Emergency Situation Report 17
(29 August - 8 September 2020)

Highlights

  • The number of active COVID-19 cases rose by over 33 % and exceeds 11,000; 57 more people died. The cumulative number of cases since the start of the crisis reached 35,518 (as of 16:00, 8 Sept). Fifty-seven more people died during the reporting period, bringing to 215 the cumulative number of fatalities. Thirty-two patients are in intensive care units (ICU), with five requiring mechanical ventilation. 
  • Over 1,100 of the 8,132 additional cases, and another six fatalities, detected during the reporting period were in the Gaza Strip, where community transmission has surged since 24 August. In the West Bank, Hebron accounts for most of the active cases, with Qalqilya identified as a new hotspot. The rate of infection also remains high in East Jerusalem... Continue...

International :

Asa Winstanley, "TUC calls for Israel sanctions to "end apartheid" (The Electronic Intifada, Sept 15):

The British Trades Union Congress has condemned Israel's annexation plan, calling it "another significant step in the creation of a system of apartheid" in the West Bank. Passed on Tuesday, the motion is thought to be the first time the British trade union umbrella body has described Israeli policies as apartheid. The TUC motion calls for the UK to "take firm and decisive measures, including sanctions" against Israel to stop annexation, end the occupation and respect the right of Palestinian refugees to return.  Continue...


Ramona Wadi, "The EU is Rewarding Israel for Merely Postponing Violations of International Law" (The Palestine Chronicle, Sept 7):

It was not a half-hearted scramble by the EU to get Israel to abide by international law, but rather another maneuver biding time to rekindle suspended diplomatic meetings. Following a meeting of Israel's Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi with his EU counterparts in Berlin, the bloc is seeking to reinstate the annual meeting of the EU-Israel Association Council. The call for this has the backing of the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell... If the Palestinian Authority has any shard of political conscience and self-respect left, it would do well to stop chasing the illusion of diplomatic allies in EU. It doesn't have any.


Avi Shlaim, "L' "accord Abraham" contre la Palestine" (Orientxxi, 29 août):

Prétendre que les Émirats arabes unis ont conclu un accord de paix avec Israël afin d'aider les Palestiniens à atteindre leurs objectifs est une hypocrisie de tout premier ordre... Les médiateurs américains de l'accord EAU-Israël lui ont donné le nom d' "accord d'Abraham". Abraham est vénéré comme un homme de paix par les trois religions monothéistes fondées au Proche-Orient : le christianisme, l'islam et le judaïsme. En baptisant l'accord du nom du patriarche, les médiateurs ont tenté de le faire passer pour une contribution à la paix. C'est là que le fossé entre la rhétorique et la réalité est le plus choquant. Selon les mots d'Ali Abunimah, le fondateur de The Electronic Intifada, l'appellation "accord d'Abraham" est "une tentative pour grimer un accord politique sordide qui sape les droits des Palestiniens en une noble réalisation pour la compréhension interconfessionnelle."


Noura Erakat, "Trump's Israel-Bahrain deal furthers oppression, not peace" (THINK, Sept 15):

As President Donald Trump presides over a White House ceremony Tuesday that celebrates the establishment of diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, boosted by Friday's announcement that the Kingdom of Bahrain and Israel will normalize relations, as well, the world needs to see this charade for what it is. Friday's development was framed as a peace agreement, but Bahrain and Israel were never at war. In fact, they had already enjoyed unofficial diplomatic, security and trade relations. While Trump may be looking to score points as a peacemaker for his presidential bid, what he is doing is simply providing the military, financial and diplomatic infrastructure to further repress popular struggles for democracy and freedom in the Middle East.  Continue...


Aaron Boxerman, "In blow to Palestinians, Arab League refuses to condemn Israel-UAE deal" (The Times of Israel, Sept 9):

The Arab League failed to pass a resolution on Wednesday proposed by the Palestinian Authority which would have condemned the normalization deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. "After a three-hour debate, some Arab countries refused to include [a] statement condemning [the UAE] for abandoning Arab decisions. Additionally, they struck out a clause which discussed the trilateral agreement" between the UAE, US, and Israel, Palestinian Authority Representative to the Arab League Muhannad al-Aklouk told Ma'an News... Senior PA official Hussein al-Sheikh called the Arab League's failure to condemn the normalization deal "the triumph of money over dignity."...   Continue...


Clothilde Mraffko, "Des ONG palestiniennes abandonnent les fonds européens pour dénoncer des conditions qui 'criminalisent la résistance'" (Middle East Eye, fr, 24 août):

Le bras de fer a commencé il y a presqu'un an. À partir de juillet 2019, les organisations palestiniennes découvrent une nouvelle clause dans les contrats qu'elles signent avec l'Union européenne (UE) pour obtenir des financements... Via son ministère des Affaires stratégique, Israël tente en effet depuis des années de discréditer la plupart des ONG palestiniennes. Dans une lettre en réponse aux questions de Middle East Eye, un représentant du ministère argue ainsi que "les institutions de l'UE ont donné des millions d'euros d'aide financière à des organisations de la société civile qui ont des liens avec des entités terroristes et promeuvent le boycott d'Israël..."  Continue...


Julian Borger, "US imposes sanctions on top international criminal court officials" (The Guardian, Sept 2):

The US has imposed sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the international criminal court, Fatou Bensouda, in the latest of a series of unilateral and radical foreign policy moves. Announcing the sanctions, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, did not give any specific reasons for the move other than to say the ICC "continues to target Americans" and that Bensouda was "materially assisting" that alleged effort.  Continue...


Israel :

Afif Abu Much, "Will Netanyahu now make peace with Israel's Arab citizens?" (Al-Monitor, Sept 18):

"As-salaam aleikum." That's how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose to begin his Sept. 15 message. He continued, "to all of Israel's friends in the Middle East: those who are with us today, and those who will join us tomorrow."  Continue...


Haaretz Editorial, "Rampant violence in Arab society is Israel's badge of dishonor" (Sept 3):

The murder of Sharifa Abu Muammar, the 30-year-old mother of three and schoolteacher from Ramle, who was shot to death on Monday night in her home, is a badge of dishonor to Israel's police, who have lost all control over crime in Arab communities and over the possession of illegal arms there. It is also a badge of disgrace for Israel's government, which has not placed the dealing with crime and violence in Arab society at the top of its list of priorities, and a disgrace for the state, which treats its Arab citizens as second-class citizens, giving them second-rate police protection. Israeli society should also be ashamed for relating to violence in Arab society as a natural phenomenon with no chance of being uprooted. Abu Muammar is the 56th homicide in Arab communities since the beginning of this year. This inconceivable number underscores the fact that criminal gangs are operating unhindered, without being apprehended, tried or deterred...


David Horovitz, "A terrible injustice, belatedly acknowledged for the wrong reasons" (The Times of Israel, Sept 10):

In The Times of Israel's newsroom on the morning of January 18, 2017, our editors looked over and over at a video, released by police, purporting to show "a terrorist attack" in which a Bedouin Israeli man rammed his car into a group of police officers who were overseeing the demolition of homes in the unrecognized Negev village of Umm al-Hiran. A civilian lost his life. A cop lost his life. The authorities rushed to an unsupported and unsupportable conclusion, and for long years refused to acknowledge the truth. And that truth has only emerged now because of unrelated legal and political battles, raising the question of what else is being covered up by Israeli law enforcement that has yet to emerge because it does not serve somebody powerful's unrelated personal interests... Continue...


Palestine Occupied :

Israeli soldiers carry away a Palestinian protester in Kufr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, August 23, 2019 (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90).

"The dehumanization is the point"
"Last week, Israeli soldiers placed IEDs [Improvised Explosive Devices!] at the entrance to a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. Why is such an act so hard to believe, even after everything we've seen the army do to Palestinians?"
By Sarit Michaeli (+972 Magazine, Sept 4, 2020).

I believe it comes from our inability to accept something far more shocking: the scope of the dehumanization and erosion of basic human dignity of the residents of Kufr Qaddum, and all Palestinians in the West Bank, that we Israelis carry out as a society and state. The prevailing belief in Israel is that we can do anything we please to the Palestinians, and that somehow, an entire people struggling against a much stronger occupying force will be deterred if we only harm, intimidate, or abuse them enough... Continue...

Jack Khoury & Hagar Shezaf, "Israeli military officer filmed kneeling on Palestinian's head during arrest" (Haaretz, Sept 2):

A military officer was filmed kneeling on the head of a 60-year-old Palestinian while arresting him during a protest in a West Bank village on Tuesday. The man arrested in the video, Khairi Hanoun, said demonstrators were protesting the expropriation of land in the area. "As far as I'm concerned, this is a totally legitimate, nonviolent protest," he said. "A few elderly people marched, thinking that soldiers wouldn't attack us, but we were mistaken. They attacked us like thugs. I'm 60, what can I do to an armed soldier? But for the officer on the scene, I'm a threat, and within minutes he began to brutally attack me." Hanoun referenced the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, saying: "That's how I felt, and I felt he was choking me." In another video from the scene, a different officer is seen breaking the window of a car the man had entered and pointing his gun at another Palestinian's head. [See also video below]

"Israeli authorities arrest cancer patient traveling to hospital" (Al Mezan Center for Human Rights via Israel-Palestine News, Sept 16):

On Monday evening, 14 September 2020, the Israeli authorities at Erez crossing arrested Mohammed Tayseer Sawali, a 36-year-old cancer patient from Khan Younis, despite having granted him a travel permit. Sawali was on his way to Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem. Israeli authorities continue to use the crossing as a means of entrapment and attempted coercion of Palestinians residing in Gaza, particularly of those in urgent need of medical exit permits, which are only granted for pressing humanitarian needsContinue...


Amira Hass, "A treat for Israeli soldiers: Raiding a Palestinian home at 3 A.M." (Haaretz, Sept 7):

"Arrests are an exciting activity for soldiers. At least in the beginning. It's the only sort of operation they're involved in that's like combat. All the rest are policing missions. This is more of a military mission."...
Re the same arrest:

A.H., "Hamada was dragged from one Israeli prison to another and freed four days later without questioning" (Haaretz, Sept 9):

Israeli soldiers raided the home of Hamada Mohamed) Tamimi in the early hours of Sunday, August 23, in his home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. They confiscated phones and a camera, beat up his family and took him away. The IDF spokesperson told Haaretz Hamada "was arrested by order of the security forces and based on operational considerations." He was released on Wednesday, August 26, in the evening. Nobody interrogated him, nobody told him why he had been detained, nobody apologized for the false arrest...


Ramzy Baroud, "The 'Desaparecidos' of Palestine: Israel Escalates War on the Dead" (Informed Comment, Sept 16):

( Middle East Monitor) - On September 2, the Israeli government approved a proposal that allows the military to indefinitely withhold the bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli army. The proposal was made by the country's Defense Minister, Benny Gantz. Gantz is the main political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu... The new policy, according to Israeli officials, is different from the previous practices. While in the past, Israel has only kept the bodies of alleged 'Palestinian attackers' who belonged to 'terror groups', the latest decision by the Israeli government would extend the rule to apply to àll Palestinians, even those who have no political affiliations. Continue... [video below]


"'Dying to Fish': How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza's Once Thriving Fishing Industry" (The Palestine Chronicle, Aug 31):

On August 16, the Israeli navy declared the Gaza sea a closed military zone. A few days later, a group of Gaza fishermen decided to take their chances by fishing within a mere two or three nautical miles off the Gaza shore. No sooner had they cast their nets, Israeli navy bullets began whizzing all around them. Soon after the incident, I spoke with one of these fishermen. His name is Fathi. "My wife, my eight children and I, we all live off fishing. The Israeli navy shot at us today and asked us to leave the sea. I had to return to my family empty-handed, without any fish to sell and nothing to give to my children," Fathi told me. This fisherman's story is typical. According to the Israeli rights group B'tselem, "about 95% of fishermen in Gaza live below the poverty line". Gaza's fishermen are true heroes... Continue...


"This Week, August 30 - September 5, 2020, in the Occupied Territories" (Ta'ayush - Arab Jewish Partnership, Sept 7):

Another attempt by settler-colonists to raise a new outpost near Birin (Hebron District) was thwarted; the Israeli army violently quenched a protest vigil by farmers of the Palestinian village of Shufa (Tul Karm District) against their land being taken over for the sake of paving an access road to the illegal outpost Avnei Hefetz, built on their land - an army officer was documented wildly beating a 60-year old Palestinian; settler-colonists have been assaulting Palestinian shepherds from Deir Jarir in the West Bank hill range for some time now, and harassing their flocks - Israeli activists are needed for daily accompaniement there, as well as in Hamra and Auja in the Palestinian Jordan Valley; a Palestinian woman, 9-months pregnant, was wounded by stones thrown by dozens of settler-colonists at Palestinian vehicles on road 60; confiscation of equipment, damage and structure demolitions by Israeli army forces at Zif and Jinba in the South Hebron Hills, as well as near Taqu'a (Bethlehem District), Wadi Al Siq in the West Bank hill range, and in East Jerusalem neighborhoods.  Continue...

Belal Yasin, "Thousands of Palestinian homes face demolition as Israel refuses building permits" (Informed Comment, Sept 19):

In the early 1990s, Wael Al-Tahan submitted an application to the Israeli authorities for a permit to build a house on his land at Jabal Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem. The application was refused with no reason given. After many such attempts, Al-Tahan had no option but to build his house without a permit. At that stage the Israeli-led municipality started proceedings against him and issued a demolition order.  Continue...


"House fire claims the lives of three children in Middle Gaza"
(Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, press release Sept 2):

On Tuesday evening, 1 September, three siblings: Yusuf Omar Al-Hazeen, 5, Mahmoud, 4, and Mohammed, 2, died in a fire that broke out in their house in Al-Nuseirat refugee camp, in the Middle Gaza district. The severely burned victims were transferred to Al Aqsa Hospital. 
Initial field information indicates that the fire started in the Al-Hazeen's simple, asbestos-roofed house from of a candle that was lit during a power blackout on Tuesday evening, after the LED lights the family use as an alternative ran out of battery. Major ele
ctricity shortages have been a feature of life in the Gaza Strip since 2006. Al Mezan's documentation shows that 35 people, including 28 children, have lost their lives, and some 36 others, including 20 children, have sustained burn injuries in similar incidents since 2010. Al Mezan is deeply saddened by the tragic death of the Al-Hazeen children and expresses serious concern over the continued loss of life from the ongoing power crisis, which stems from Israel's illegal and punitive closure.  Continue...

Irit Segoli, "Palestinian holy sites are crumbling under Israeli rule" (+972, Sept 7):

Israeli land grabs are preventing Palestinians from accessing Muslim shrines in the West Bank, with some falling into ruin or being deliberately destroyed. - Israel's takeover of the mountain ranges and hills throughout the occupied West Bank has not spared sacred places of worship for Palestinian Muslims. According to a new report by Israeli anti-occupation group Machsom Watch (Women for human rights and against the occupation), maqams - tombs or shrines built on a site associated with a Muslim saint or religious figure - across the West Bank have been informally annexed to Israeli settlements through military orders, the expansion of IDF open-fire zones, and entrapment in nature reserves and antiquity sites... These three examples show how Israel's land takeovers are carried out through the destruction of Palestinian heritage and religious sites. These takeovers prevent Palestinians from accessing these sites, all while Judaizing the area through the establishment of memorial sites for Jews who supported and took an active role in the occupation.


"Position Paper by Human Rights Organisations' on the Independence of the Palestinian Judicial System" (Addameer, August 10):

Palestinian human rights organisations are following, with concern, the rapidly unfolding developments in the Palestinian Judicial Authority, coinciding with additional serious challenges facing the Palestinian people. In addition to the so-called "Deal of the Century", the Israeli occupying authorities continue to advance and entrench their annexation, emboldened and supported by the US, in flagrant violation of international human rights and humanitarian law.  Continue...


Ahmed el-Komi, "Private gun ownership soars in West Bank" (Al-Monitor, Sept 9):

The Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights issued a warning Aug. 23 about an armament race between Palestinian families in the West Bank provoked by "their feeling of insecurity, weakness and lack of protection." Only the Palestinian security apparatus is allowed to own arms in the West Bank, according to the Oslo Accords. Nevertheless, Ammar Duweik, director general of the Independent Commission for Human Rights, told Al-Monitor, "Weapons are widely spreading among families in the [West Bank] areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority and under the protection of influential PA or Fatah figures." ...


Refugees :

UNICEF's Palestinian Programme in Lebanon:

UNICEF's Palestinian Programme aims to further children's rights, improve access to essential services, strengthen the protective environment and promote social inclusion of vulnerable Palestinians.

Currently, the number of Palestine refugees in Lebanon is approximately 192,000 (174,422 Palestine refugees in Lebanon and 17,706 Palestine refugees from Syria).Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (PRL) and Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) living in the country's numerous Palestinian neighbourhoods and 12 Palestinian camps face social exclusion, are regarded as foreigners, and are effectively excluded from enjoying most civil and socio-economic rights. Palestinians in Lebanon are barred from owning property and from working in more than thirty occupations including all liberal professions. According to the 2015 AUB/UNRWA survey:

  • 89% of PRS are in poverty (cannot meet their basic food and non-food needs set at US$ 6.84/person/day), with 9% living in extreme poverty (unable to meet essential food requirements set at US$ 2.47/person/day);
  • 65% of PRL are in poverty, while 3% live in extreme poverty;
  • 56 % of Palestine refugees are jobless.

At both community and household levels, violent disciplinary practices remain prevalent, affecting 81.7 % of Palestine refugee children in Lebanon and 77% of Palestinian refugee children from Syria. Child labour and child marriage are increasingly used as coping mechanisms against deepening financial constraints.

Resources, Reports & Books :

Fact Sheet Water Shortage in the Gaza Strip Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Sept 2020 (pdf, 7p.)

This fact sheet addresses the deteriorating living conditions in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israel's 14-year blockade and recent punitive measures, notably the ban on fuel entry to the Strip, and their repercussions on the provision of municipal services, particularly water and sanitation. In addition, the fact sheet sheds light on the struggle of low-income families to access alternative sources of water to offset the intermittent supply of municipal water amid a full lockdown imposed on Gaza to fight the spread of COVID-19, which further exacerbated these families' financial troubles.


"DENIAL OF ACCESS TO NATURAL RESOURCES AND SERVICES"

BADIL Working Paper No 20, September 2017 (pdf, 90p.), ISBN: 978-9950-339-42-2
Editors: Nidal Alazza and Amaya al-Orzza

This paper focuses on Israeli control of Palestinian access to natural resources such as water, and services, like healthcare, and the legal implications and consequences of this domination. While other policies of forced population transfer target Palestinians individually, the denial of access to natural resources and services has a collective character, targeting Palestinian communities or the Palestinian people in general. As such, these policies not only constitute a practice of denial of the right to self-determination, but directly contribute to the de-development of Palestinian communities, which affects their ability to enjoy an adequate standard of living generally, and reduces their capacity to remain in their homes.

"SEGREGATION, FRAGMENTATION AND ISOLATION" 
Israeli Apartheid practices utilized to eliminate the Palestinian People

BADIL Working Paper No 23, 2020 (pdf, 109p.), ISBN: 978-9950-339-54-5
Editors: Nidal Alazza and Melissa Yvonne

The newest paper in the series demonstrates how the use of these apartheid practices of segregation, fragmentation, and isolation is not an end in and of itself, but is rather a mechanism designed to eliminate the Palestinian people by undermining their identity, cohesion and collectivity. Through this, Israel seeks to make the Palestinian right to self-determination an unrealizable, illusory right and to, simultaneously, contrive a purported Israeli-Jewish right to self-determination that is somehow exceptional, legitimate and applicable to the whole of Mandatory Palestine.

>> Series of Working Papers on Forced Population Transfer: The Case of Palestine
This series of working papers on "Forced Population Transfer: The Case of Palestine" constitutes an overview of the forced displacement of Palestinians as a historic and ongoing process which detrimentally affects the daily life of Palestinians and threatens their national existence.
© BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights


7amleh & Saleh Mashareqa, "Fake News in Palestine". August 2020, pdf, 47p.

This research is part of 7amleh's ongoing publications on Palestinian digital rights in order to raise awareness and create a knowledge-base for advocacy work. - In response to the increasing phenomena of fake news in Palestine and worldwide, which increased during the coronavirus pandemic, 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media and Saleh Mashareqa, a lecturer in the Media Department at Birzeit University's Media Development Center, conducted a research entitled "Fake News in Palestine: Exploratory Research into Content, Channels and Responses." This is the first research on fake news and Palestinians published to date. It indicated that the majority of Palestinians (72%) have been exposed to misleading news. 

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© Haim Bresheeth-Zabner, "An Army Like No Other. How the Israel Defense Force Made a Nation."  Verso, August 2020, 448p. ISBN 9781788737845. Hb with free ebook, £25.00 (£15.00: 40% off).

A history of the IDF that argues that Israel is a nation formed by its army. The Israeli army, officially named the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), was established in 1948 by David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, who believed that "the whole nation is the army." It was the instrument that might transform a diverse population into a new people. Since the foundation of Israel, therefore, the IDF has been the largest, richest and most influential institution in Israel's Jewish society and is the nursery of its social, economic and political ruling class. The army being embedded in all aspects of daily life and identity, we should not merely see it as a fighting force enjoying an international reputation, but as the central ideological, political and financial institution of Israeli society. As a consequence, we have to reconsider our assumptions on what any kind of peace might look like.  Review by Rod Such, "Repressing Palestinians is in Israel's DNA" (The Electronic Intifada, Aug 24).


Sami Tamimi & Tara Wigley, "Falastin - A Cookbook" (Palestine Museum US):

From refugee-camp cooks to the home kitchens of Gaza and the mill of a master tahini maker, Sami Tamimi teases out the vestiges of an ancient culinary tradition as he records the derivations of a dynamic cuisine and people in more than 130 transporting photographs and 120 recipes. A soulful tour of Palestinian cooking today from the Ottolenghi restaurants' executive chef and partner, shaped by his personal story as well as the history of Palestine. Critics described the book as "a stunning love letter to Palestinian Cooking!"


Videos:

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Israeli Supreme Court approves holding bodies of killed Palestinians

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