Articles by Jonathan Cook

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Israel Is Bulldozing Khan Al Ahmar – And with It the Two-State Solution
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jul 2018

8 Jul 2018 – Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan Al Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But the only vehicles allowed along it are the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes. If one community has come to symbolise the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan Al Ahmar.

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Robert Fisk Puts to Test the Free-Press Myth in Douma
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2018

18 Apr 2018 – The content of what he reported was incendiary. Just a few days after France, UK and US had bombed Syria, in violation of all principles of international law, on the grounds that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons in Douma, Fisk interviewed a doctor at the clinic where the victims were treated. The doctor said no chemical attack occurred. The video footage from last week was genuine, the doctor added, but it showed civilians who had inhaled dust after a Syrian bombing attack, not gas.

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As Israel Marks 70 Years, What Have Been the True Costs?
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Apr 2018

18 Apr 2018 – Independence Day celebrations tomorrow should be a moment for Israelis – and the many Jews who identify with Israel – to reflect on what kind of state it has become after seven decades. Israel is an ugly ethnic supremacist state that closes its doors to Jews who decry the oppression of the native Palestinian population.

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Israel Has Accelerated Its Annexation of the West Bank from a Slow Creep to a Run
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2018

18 Mar 2018 – Last week, during an address to students in New York, Israel’s education minister Naftali Bennett publicly disavowed even the notion of a Palestinian state. What is needed now is someone to arm-twist the Palestinians. Mike Pompeo’s move from the CIA to State Department, Mr Trump may hope, will produce the strongman needed to bulldoze the Palestinians into submission.

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How Israel Is ‘Cleansing’ Palestinians from Greater Jewish Jerusalem
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

23 Nov 2017 – Israel is putting in place the final pieces of a Greater Jewish Jerusalem that will require “ethnically cleansing” tens of thousands of Palestinians from a city their families have lived and worked in for generations, human rights groups have warned. Measures aim to annex settlements to city and turn Palestinian areas into no-man’s land.

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Palestinian Villages Hidden Under Israeli Forests
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2017

Saffuriya was one of more than 500 Palestinian villages ethnically cleansed by Israel in 1948, during the Nakba. Journalist Jonathan Cook explains how Israel quickly acted to raze the villages so the 750,000 refugees could not return and then covered up these war crimes by planting forests over the ruins.

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Israel Maintains Robust Arms Trade with Rogue Regimes
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2017

23 Oct 2017- Human rights activists are stepping up efforts to expose Israel’s long and covert history of supplying weapons and military training to regimes while they actively commit massacres, ethnic cleansing and genocide. The issue of Israel’s trade with rogue regimes has been thrust into the spotlight again after revelations that it is sending weapons to Myanmar, in defiance of a US and European arms embargo.

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Balfour Declaration: How Britain Broke Its Feeble Promise to the Palestinians
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2017

30 Oct 2017 – Palestinian objections to the 2 Nov 1917 document are well-known. Britain’s Lord Balfour had no right to promise a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, on the land of another people. But Israelis have been taught a different history in which they, not the Palestinians, were betrayed.

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The US and Israel Kick Up a Fake Storm Over UNESCO
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

15 Oct 2017 – At first glance, the decision last week by the Trump administration, followed immediately by Israel, to quit the United Nation’s cultural agency seems strange. Why penalise a body that promotes clean water, literacy, heritage preservation and women’s rights? Washington’s claim that UNESCO is biased against Israel obscures the real crimes the agency has committed in US eyes.

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Jodi Rudoren Admits Palestinians Experience ‘Apartheid’ – But Not in NYT
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

An obvious question arises: why have we not heard about Jodi Rudoren’s incendiary view that Israel is practising apartheid in the pages of the New York Times? In her four years as Jerusalem bureau chief, she never wrote an op-ed or analysis expressing that view, or gave a voice to experts in Israel and abroad who have reached a similar conclusion.

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Is Gaza-Sinai State a Possibility for Palestinians?
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jul 2017

The long-discussed plan could see most of Gaza’s population end up in Sinai, alongside millions of Palestinian refugees.

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Marwan Barghouti and the Battle of the Empty Stomachs
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

Often described as the Palestinians’ Nelson Mandela, Barghouti led the recent prisoners’ hunger strike. Paradoxically, his incarceration has served only to make him more visible, a Palestinian national icon. And now he is said to be developing a new model of resistance, to replace the failed strategies of Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas.

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Hersh’s New Syria Revelations Buried from View
Jonathan Cook - CounterPunch, 3 Jul 2017

27 Jun 2017 – Veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, the man who exposed the Mai Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and the US military’s abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib in 2004, is probably the most influential journalist of the modern era. Hersh’s investigations have not only undermined evidence-free claims being promoted in the west to destabilise Assad’s goverment but threatened a wider US policy seeking to “remake the Middle East”. Hersh’s new investigation was paid for by the London Review of Books, which declined to publish it. This is almost disturbing as the events in question.

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Inside the US Fight to Fix Israel’s Global Standing
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2017

U.S. and Israel lead a campaign of intimidation against the UN to forcibly rehabilitate Israel’s international standing.

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Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Bill ‘Declaration of War’
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2017

New legislation to cement the definition of Israel as a state belonging exclusively to Jews around the world is a “declaration of war” on Palestinian citizens of Israel, the minority’s leaders have warned. Critics are also concerned that the Jewish Nation-State Bill is intended to stymie prospects of reviving peace talks with the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

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Land Law Is Final Nail in the Two-State Solution Coffin
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Feb 2017

“The train departing from here has only one stop – at The Hague,” opposition leader Isaac Herzog said in reference to the home of the International Criminal Court. If ICC prosecutors take their duties seriously, the legalisation law significantly raises the pressure on them to put Israeli officials – even Mr Netanyahu – on trial for complicity in the war crime of establishing and nurturing the settlements.

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In Umm al-Hiran, Palestine, It Is a ‘Continuing Nakba’
Jonathan Cook | The View from Nazareth – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jan 2017

Israel has advanced plans to raze the village of 150 homes and replace it with a town for Israeli Jews.

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How Israel Aims to Redefine ‘Ethnic Cleansing’
Jonathan Cook | The View from Nazareth – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2016

Netanyahu argues that a Palestinian demand to dismantle Jewish settlements amounts to the “ethnic cleansing” of some 650,000 Jews living in the occupied territories in violation of international law. His aim is not hard to decipher. Netanyahu can argue that when Palestinian leaders call for a state free of armed, Jewish-only colonies breaking up any hope of Palestinian territorial contiguity they should be labelled as ethnic cleansers.

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Nakba Survivors Share Their Stories of Loss and Hope
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2016

In 1948, Zionist militias attacked Palestinian cities and villages and destroyed more than 530 Palestinian villages. About 13,000 Palestinians were killed and more than 750,000 were expelled from their homes, becoming refugees. Here Palestinians share their stories of displacement, loss and hope to return to their villages.

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Annexing Archaeology: Will UNESCO Take On Israel?
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2016

19 May 2016 – Israel is stepping up its efforts to seize control of Palestinian heritage sites and antiquities in the occupied territories in violation of international law. The experts echoed criticisms leveled against Israel in a recent resolution passed by the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO, that accused Israel of interfering with major holy sites in occupied areas.

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Zionism’s Roots Help Us Interpret Israel Today
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2016

Recognising Zionism’s ideological roots, inspired by racial theories of peoplehood that in part fuelled the Second World War, might allow us to understand modern Israel a little better. And why it seems incapable of extending a hand of peace to the Palestinians.

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In Israel, an Ugly Tide Sweeps Over Palestinians
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2016

The trigger-happy soldier Elor Azaria and the peace camp leader Isaac Herzog have more in common than either might wish to admit. In their different ways, both have helped to turn all Palestinians into outcasts – and crush any hope of concessions from Israel to peace.

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Behind Israel’s Campaign to Vilify Peace Groups
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2016

Far-right activists spying on Israeli human rights community received hidden funds from Netanyahu government.

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Welcome to Israel’s Version of Apartheid
Jonathan Cook - CounterPunch, 18 Jan 2016

Moments before an Aegean Airlines flight was due to take off from Greece, three Israeli passengers demanded that two fellow passengers, from Israel’s Palestinian minority, be removed from the plane. Like a parable illustrating Europe’s bottomless indulgence of Israel, Aegean staff caved in to the pressure and persuaded the two Palestinian men to disembark.

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Smart Resistance: A Palestinian Call for ‘Unarmed Warfare’
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2015

Some Palestinian intellectuals are advocating non-violent resistance as they warn against an armed uprising. Palestinians have a right in international law to resist the occupation, even violently, but this group emphasises the futility of violence faced with Israel’s military superiority. Theirs is a pragmatic argument.

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Outrage at Israeli Plan to Build on Historic Muslim Cemetery
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Aug 2015

19 Aug 2015 – Officials in Jerusalem have approved a massive construction project, including plans for housing, shops and a hotel, on one of the largest and most historically important Islamic cemeteries in the Middle East.

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If the ‘Product’ Is Wrong, a Rebrand Won’t Help Israel
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu warns that Israel must “rebrand” itself to avoid pariah status from the growing movement calling for an international boycott. Ordinary Israelis are therefore being conscripted into an army of spin doctors in a campaign termed “hasbara” – Hebrew for “public diplomacy” or, most literally, propaganda.

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Israeli Court Says Arab Village Must Make Way for Jewish Town
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2015

15 May 2015 – Israel’s Palestinian minority is preparing to hold a “day of rage” to protest against a court ruling last week that cleared the way to destroy an entire Bedouin village so that it can be replaced by a Jewish town. Palestinian minority fears decision will revive legislation to drive tens of thousands of Bedouin off their lands in Negev.

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Arab Village Fears Being Wiped Off Israel’s Map
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2015

While industrial parks, shopping malls and estates of luxury villas have sprung up all around them, Dahmash’s residents have been treated like “illegal squatters”. What distinguishes Dahmash from the communities around it is that it is Arab, an unwelcome relic from a time when the country was called Palestine.

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Israel’s Insolence to Obama Is Likely to Rebound on It
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Feb 2015

As with any mafia boss, Mr Obama is in trouble if he can no longer inspire fear, let alone respect. But the problem is of his own making. For six years, Mr Netanyahu “spat in our face”, as one White House official memorably observed while referring to his latest attempt to humiliate Mr Obama, but paid no discernible price.

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To Strike or Not to Strike: Israel’s Electoral Calculus
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jan 2015

An Israeli air strike in Syria on Sunday [18 Jan 2015] that killed 12 commanders from Hizballah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard follows a long and ignoble tradition in Israeli politics. Prime ministers facing poor ratings have been tempted to launch a major military offensive in the middle of an election campaign. The strike was the biggest against Hizballah since summer 2006 and Israel’s first undisguised military clash with Iran.

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The US Feels the Heat on Palestine Vote at UN
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Dec 2014

The floodgates have begun to open across Europe. On Friday [12 Dec 2014] the Portuguese parliament became the latest European legislature to back statehood, joining Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. Similar moves are expected in Denmark and the EU. The Swiss government will join the fray too this week.

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Israel’s Occupation Is More Complex Than a Genocide
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Oct 2014

And what to make of a plan just disclosed by the Israeli media indicating that Mr Netanyahu and his allies have been secretly plotting to force many Palestinians into Sinai, with the US arm-twisting the Egyptians into agreement? Such a policy would certainly satisfy Lemkin’s definition of genocide.

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Israeli Occupation’s Dark Underbelly Exposed
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Sep 2014

A letter signed by 43 veterans of an elite intelligence unit has sent shockwaves through Israeli society. The implication of their revelations is that the success of Israel’s near half-century of occupation depends on a vast machinery of surveillance and intimidation, while large numbers of Israelis benefit directly or indirectly from industrial-scale oppression.

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The Lesson Hollywood Cannot Teach Us
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Sep 2014

Possibly the most insightful statement ever made by a journalist was from Gary Webb, who killed himself in 2004, years after the CIA and media rivals destroyed his career and credibility. Now Hollywood is making a film, called ‘Kill the Messenger’, about the San Jose Mercury News reporter.

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Israel’s Gaza Backlash Targets Arab Minority
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Aug 2014

Record levels of incitement, street violence and harassment at places of work and universities has Israel’s Palestinian citizens feeling the heat.

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Israel: Anti-Palestinian Arson Attacks on the Rise
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 May 2014

A wave of violence over the past fortnight, including attacks on two mosques and a church, has shocked Israel’s large Palestinian minority. Growing ever bolder, it seems, Israeli right-wing extremists are shifting attention to Palestinian areas inside Israel. Palestinian leaders, meanwhile, have accused Israeli authorities of repeatedly turning a blind eye to the attacks.

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New Report Details ‘Brutal’ Israeli Policies
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Mar 2014

Remember that the defence minister, Moshe Yaalon, said that the army’s job was to ‘burn into the consciousness’ of the Palestinians their defeat. The only aim one can infer from that is that the army’s role is to use force to make the Palestinians weak and compliant.

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The Tide Turns against Israel
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rarely been so politically embattled. His travails indicate the Israeli right’s inability to respond to a shifting political landscape, both in the region and globally. The delegitimisation of Israel is truly under way, and the party doing most of the damage is the Israeli leadership itself.

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Netanyahu Rolls Out New Roadblock to Peace
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2014

To the surprise of observers, given the many issues blocking progress in the current Middle East peace talks, Israel and the United States now appear to regard the Palestinian refusal to recognise Israel as a Jewish state as the key obstacle to an agreement.

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Gaza: Life and Death under Israel’s Drones
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2013

There are many things to fear in Gaza: Attacks from Israel’s Apache helicopters and F-16 fighter jets, growing isolation, blackouts from power shortages, polluted drinking water, rivers of sewage flooding the streets, and the anxiety-inducing constant buzz of the remotely piloted aircraft – better known as “drones” – that hover in the skies above.

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Israel’s ‘Exceptionalism’ and the UN
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2013

Israel ended a 20-month boycott of the UN Human Rights Council last month under pressure from Western allies. However, it did so only after securing promises of reforms that human rights groups fear will further weaken international efforts to hold Israel accountable for its illegal occupation.

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How Come Uri Avnery Knows So Little about Israel, or Apartheid?
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2013

What color the victims of apartheid are, what proportion of the population they constitute, whether the economy depends on their productive labor, whether the early Zionists were socialists, whether the Palestinians have a Nelson Mandela, and so on have precisely zero relevance to determining whether Israel is an apartheid state.

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The Disappearance of Palestine
Jonathan Cook: the View from Nazareth – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2013

The idea that a financial lifeline – whether Kerry’s plan or Netanyahu’s economic peace – is going to smooth the path to the conflict’s end is an illusion. Peace, and prosperity, will come only when Palestinians are liberated from Israeli control.

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(Castellano) El Arsenal Químico de Israel Vuelve a la Actualidad
Jonathan Cook - TeleSur, 30 Sep 2013

Israel mantiene una postura que califica de “ambigua” sobre si posee armas nucleares o químicas. Pero la opinión general es que Israel tiene un gran arsenal de bombas nucleares, ocultas al escrutinio internacional, y hay fuertes sospechas de que ha desarrollado en secreto un programa de armas químicas. Estas preocupaciones se intensificaron después de la revelación, este mes, de un informe confidencial de la CIA.

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Israel’s Chemical Arsenal under New Scrutiny
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2013

A plan to inspect and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons has focused new attention on Israel’s undeclared WMDs.

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Another Dead End in the Middle East: The Flawed Logic of the Peace Talks
Jonathan Cook - CounterPunch, 5 Aug 2013

The talks, which will begin in mid-August, are taking place not because either Israel’s prime minister or the Palestnian president believe a deal is in reach. The two sides are talking each to avoid being blamed for embarrassing John Kerry, the US secretary of state.

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Palestinian Plight Hits UEFA Spotlight
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2013

Desmond Tutu, the leading South African anti-apartheid campaigner and Nobel peace laureate, in a letter to The Guardian argued along with other prominent human rights activists that UEFA was acting to “whitewash” Israeli racism. “We find it shocking that [UEFA] shows total insensitivity to the blatant and entrenched discrimination inflicted on Palestinian sportsmen and women by Israel,” they wrote.

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Israeli Football, Racism and Politics: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game
Jonathan Cook, The View from Nazareth – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2013

Israel’s increasing integration into European competitions, despite its refusal to revive peace talks with the Palestinians, respect human rights and halt illegal settlement, is, according to critics, contrary to sporting values and should be met with international opposition of the kind faced by apartheid South Africa.

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Why Gaza Must Suffer Again
Jonathan Cook, The View from Nazareth – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2012

The inciting cause of the latest confrontation between Israel and Hamas has little to do with the firing of rockets, whether by Hamas or the other Palestinian factions. The conflict predates the rockets – and even the creation of Hamas – by decades. It is the legacy of Israel’s dispossession of Palestinians in 1948, forcing many of them from their homes in what is now Israel into the tiny Gaza Strip.

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