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“A brave man who stood alone. If only the world had listened to him... I wish I had met him because – looking back over the history of that terrible war – Hurndall’s journals (soon to be published) show a remarkable man of remarkable principle.”
Robert Fisk

 

Read about Tom's Hurndall's sonn to be published journals here.

 


The tiny village of al-Arakib has been torn down by the Israeli authorities 18 times in seven months, but each time the Bedouin rebuild their homes

 

Read it all at the Guardian

 


As it slides further into open and violent racism, Israel offers the Western world a reflection of itself.

by Mya Guarnieri

 

There was that jarring week in December - a protest against Arab-Jewish couples, a south Tel Aviv march and demonstration against migrant workers and African asylum seekers, the arrest of Jewish teenagers accused of beating Palestinians and the expulsion of five Arab men from their home in south Tel Aviv. It left me with the question: What is next?

It is impossible to predict the future. But there are signs that violence, perpetrated by citizens, could be spreading.

In mid-January, dozens of young Jews attacked Muslims at a mosque in Yafo or Jaffa, the historically Arab city just south of Tel Aviv. An Israeli media outlet reports that the youth, who were armed with stones and Israeli flags, shouted "Mohammed is a pig" and "Death to Arabs" just as the Muslims were preparing to pray.

When the police arrived, they did not arrest any of the assailants.

 

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Robert Grenier

It has been an American mantra throughout the many years of the peace process that both sides must take "risks for peace". Those risks have taken different forms over time, but the most compelling risk for both Israelis and Palestinians has been a domestic political one: so long as the prospect of peace has remained a hazy dream, no one could object to it compellingly; but just begin to seriously consider the hard compromises necessarily involved, and it becomes clear to important constituencies on both sides that they will lose. To accept and politically manage those realities: that is the essence of "risks for peace".

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Children in Gaza are coming under regular gunfire from Israeli soldiers while scavenging in the ruins of buildings bombed during the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2009, a new Save the Children report has warned.

Twenty-six children were shot by Israeli troops close to the border last year, according to the UNICEF-led working group on children affected by armed conflict.

That number includes 16 children who were shot outside the Israeli-imposed 'exclusion zone' that extends 300m into Gaza.

 

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