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Absentee Property Law

When the judge is your enemy, to whom shall you complain?”, asked the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah residents to depict how “Israel’s” law discriminates against Palestinians. This legalized injustice is not new, the 1950 Absentee Property Law is another example. More about it: 

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This is a must listen...

Russel Brand
Many of you wanted clarity on the subject of Palestine and the current conflict. This, from Holocaust survivor Dr. Gabor Maté (on my podcast Under The Skin) is the most beautiful and powerful testimony on this subject I’ve ever heard. From someone with deep connections to the history of this situation.


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Abbas critic Nizar Banat dies after raid on his home by PA forces

Nizar Banat, a leading Palestinian activist and critic of the Palestinian Authority (PA), died early on Thursday (24 June 2021) after a raid by PA security forces on his home in Dura in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

In a statement, Governor of Hebron Jibreen al-Bakri said that Banat's "health deteriorated during the arrest". However, Banat's family said he officers had beaten him during his detention.

The arrest took place amid an ongoing security crackdown by the PA on political opposition and social media users in the West Ban

Banat was well known for his criticism of the PA leadership and had been arrested several times in the past by Palestinian security forces.

Thousands protested against Palestinian Authority in West Bank following Banat's death, which Lawyers for Justice described as an 'assassination'

So what is the PA (Palestinian Authority)?

The Palestinian Authority (or "PA" - which the Palestinians have renamed the "Palestinian National Authority" or "PNA") was created through the Oslo Accords of 1993 - a series of agreements concluded between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel. 

The PA was created as an interim governing body while Palestinians and Israelis were negotiating a final resolution of their conflict - which should have occurred by 1999 under the accords. Still, the PA is treated as if it enjoyed a continuing legal mandate. In 2013, Mahmoud Abbas signed a decree changing the PA’s name to the State of Palestine, after the United Nations General Assembly voted in 2012 to recognize Palestine as an observer state. Despite this change, it is still commonly referred to as the PA.

The PA was to take partial administrative and security responsibility over areas within the West Bank and Gaza Strip as Israeli troops withdrew from those areas. The two regions were subdivided into "A", "B", and "C" areas. In "A" areas, the PA has full civil administrative responsibility (i.e. running municipal governments, courts, schools, and other services), and was also responsible for security. 

In "B" areas, the PA has civil administrative responsibility, but shared security responsibility with the Israeli military. 

In "C" areas, Israeli military government exercises both civil administrative and security functions. 

The "A" and "B" areas contain the majority of the built-up areas and therefore most of the Palestinian population of the West Bank. However, the "A" areas, where the PA exercises sole security responsibility, has never exceeded more than 18% of the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, "A" areas constituted about 70% of the region, prior to Israel's withdrawal in 2005. 

The PA lacks authority over Israeli settlers and settlements, borders, airspace, water, and a variety of other spheres. Israel reserves power to review and veto any PA legislation. 

Since the Oslo accords, the Israeli military has never controlled less than 59% of the West Bank, and, until the Gaza withdrawal in 2005, 30% of the Gaza Strip. 

The PA is led by a ra'ees (Arabic word meaning either "head" or "president") and the first ra'ees was Yasser Arafat, who received 88% of the vote in 1996. After Arafat's death in November 2004, Mahmoud Abbas was elected in January 2005, receiving 62% of the vote. Palestinians outside of the West Bank and Gaza Strip have not been allowed to vote in any PA elections.

Palestinians in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip also elected members of an 88-member Palestinian Legislative Council in 1996. The PLC is the main legislative body of the PA, and has been central in the campaign for democratic reforms of the PA. The most recent PLC elections occurred January 25, 2006 for an enlarged 132-member council.

Following the elections, factional violence between Fatah and Hamas in 2007 left Hamas in control of governance in the Gaza Strip, with a Fatah-led PA functioning only in the West Bank. In April 2014, the two parties signed a reconciliation agreement and in June 2014 a new technocratic government was formed, reuniting the West Bank and Gaza Strip under the PA.

Although created by the PLO, the PA appears to be eclipsing the PLO in political importance. Mahmoud Abbas is received abroad as either "President of the Palestinian Authority" or “President of the State of Palestine,” not Chairperson of the PLO Executive Committee. 

The PA has now held two presidential elections, two municipal elections, and two parliamentary elections. Meanwhile, the PLO's main policy setting body, the Palestinian National Council, has not convened since 1996. 

Many Palestinians are wary of this trend because the PA, unlike the PLO, only represents Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, but not the Palestinian refugees and Palestinian citizens of Israel. Some fear that Israel will offer the Palestinians limited sovereignty in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which might alleviate the acute suffering of the Palestinians in those regions, and therefore appeal to the PA's electoral constituency. 

It will not, however, address the concerns of Palestinian refugees and Palestinian citizens of Israel, whose voices are represented by the PLO.



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Palestinians live under two Occupations, the Israeli one, and the Palestinian Authority's regime that functions under the regulations of the Israeli one. These are ain't our representatives. For years our voice did not reach the world because they were the ones who pretend to be carrying it to the world, while in fact all what they have done is exploiting our struggle for their own benefits. The new generation is sick of these games, we want to live in dignity.

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Israeli police used 'ruthless excessive force' against Palestinian protesters - new research

Amnesty International
Posted 24 Jun 2021, 3:51pm

‘Discriminatory crackdown’ allowed Jewish supremacists to freely organise their own violent demonstrations

‘Tonight we are not Jews, we are Nazis’ - Jewish supremacists circulated extremist social media messages to organise attacks on Palestinians

‘This discriminatory crackdown was orchestrated as an act of retaliation and intimidation to crush pro-Palestinian demonstrations’ - Saleh Higazi

Israeli police committed a catalogue of violations against Palestinians in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem - including using unlawful force against peaceful protesters, sweeping mass arrests, and subjecting detainees to torture and other ill-treatment - during and after recent armed hostilities in Israel and Gaza, Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty researchers spoke to numerous witnesses and Amnesty’s Crisis Evidence Lab verified 45 videos and other forms of digital media to document more than 20 cases of Israeli police violations between 9 May and 12 June. Hundreds of Palestinians were injured in the crackdown and a 17-year-old boy was shot dead.


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Why the UK needs to challenge Israel's annexation of the West Bank

Once again, the Israeli authorities are demonstrating their complete disregard for international law. The UK government has condemned Israel's plans to illegally annex parts of the occupied West Bank, but it needs to urgently match fine words with effective actions: at a minimum, it should ban Israeli settlement goods from UK markets and prevent UK companies from operating in the settlements.

Read more at Amnesty International

This was posted in July 2020. Incidents have escalated since then...

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Pepper Spray

Two weeks ago during an art event in Sheikh Jarrah, Israeli settlers attacked four young girls with pepper spray. Pepper spray is a weapon used by the Israeli settlers along with the Occupation Forces to oppress Palestinians. More about it:















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What is the "Israel Defence Force"?

The Israel defence force is the armed forces of Israel, comprising the Israeli armynavy, and air force.

The IDF was established on May 31, 1948, just two weeks after Israel’s declaration of independence. Since its creation, its guiding principles have been shaped by the country’s need to defend itself from its numerically superior neighbours. The primary element of this doctrine is the belief that Israel cannot afford to lose a single war. IDF planners believe that this goal can be attained only through a defensive strategy that utilizes the rapid mobilization of overwhelming force to take the war to the enemy....


However Palestinians call it IOF - Israel OCCUPATION Force





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Administrative Detention

Administrative detention is another form of oppression “Israel” uses against Palestinians under which people can be detained indefinitely without trial, sometimes for years. Torn from their families, detained Palestinians end up spending their lives in Israeli prisons without any pressed charges






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Military checkpoints separating loved ones

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Eid is a joyful occasion to visit family and friends, but in Palestine, this tradition turns into a tiring journey with hundreds of military checkpoints separating loved ones. Similar to the Occupation’s oppression, these military checkpoints come in different forms, one being “The Container.”

Drives between the south and north of the West Bank through Al-Quds that took no longer than 20 minutes before now take an hour or 5 hours or people are turned back


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