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Israel Building New Overground Fence around Gaza Strip
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

3 Feb 2019 – The Israeli Defence Ministry announced today it has begun building the overground part of barrier around the blockaded Gaza Strip. “The barrier will be 65 kilometers long and will be six-meter-high, and will be connected to the new sea barrier Israel is building,” it added. The impact of the siege has been severe. Gaza’s industrial and commercial sectors have been damaged, with Israel’s ban on imports of fuel and gas leading to shortages and high unemployment.

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UN: 254 Palestinians Killed, 23,000 Injured in Gaza Peaceful Protests
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

22 Jan 2019 – More than 250 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army fire and over 23,000 injured since the start of the “Great March of Return” protests in the besieged Gaza Strip on 30 March until the end of last year, UN OCHA revealed in a report yesterday.

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UNESCO Should Cry No Tears over Israel’s Departure
Dr Daud Abdullah – Middle East Monitor, 7 Jan 2019

2 Jan 2018 – There will be no tears now Israel and the USA have withdrawn from the UNESCO. Both countries have undermined the organisation’s credibility and brought it into disrepute – UNESCO will be better off without them.

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Israel Arrested 5,700 Palestinians, 980 Children in 2018
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2018

29 Dec 2018 – Israel arrested 5,700 Palestinians in 2018, including 980 children and 175 women, the Palestine Prisoners’ Centre for Studies announced yesterday. The Israeli occupation continued its violations against Palestinian prisoners in clear violation of international law, Quds Net News reported.

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Israel Demolished 538 Homes, Facilities in West Bank in 2018
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2018

29 Dec 2018 – Israel demolished 538 Palestinian homes and facilities across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in 2018, leaving 1,300 Palestinians and 225 children homeless. These demolitions were carried out in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and other international laws.

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Israel Settlers Dump Sewage on Palestinian School in Qalqiliya
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

2 Nov 2018 – Israeli settlers dumped their sewage on a Palestinian school in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqilia yesterday. The Azzun Beit Amin School playground was flooded with sewage for the second time in two months as a result of the settlers’ actions. Principal Alaa Marabeh said it would take more than ten days for the sewage water to dry and this has caused a foul smell to spread across the school building and risks damaging the students’ health.

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Brazil’s Far Right President to Close Palestinian Embassy as Israel Hails His Victory
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

1 Nov 2018 – “Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” said Jair Bolsonaro, who won the national election on Sunday [28 Oct]. The right-wing political outsider, who has been portrayed in the West as a far-right nationalist with authoritarian tendencies and fascist inclinations, said: “We do not negotiate with terrorists.”

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‘101 Years since Balfour, Palestinians Have Not Let Go of Their Rights’
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

2 Nov 2018 – “Although it has been 101 years since the promise was made, the will of the Palestinians has not died down and generation after generation, they have not forgotten their rights and will not let go of their right to their lands,” the forum said in a statement.

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Second Wave of US Sanctions on Iran Starts Today
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

5 Nov 2018 – The US will reimpose today more sanctions lifted under a 2015 nuclear pact world powers struck with Iran. The new wave of sanctions, the second since August, will target Iran’s energy, shipbuilding, shipping, and financial sectors. In all, eight countries will receive temporary waivers to allow them to continue importing Iranian oil after the penalties take effect. The European Union is not one of the recipients, according to Pompeo.

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How Google Wipes Palestine Off the Map
Asa Winstanley – Middle East Monitor, 5 Nov 2018

30 Oct 2018 – Google’s dedication to Israel’s occupation can be seen in its maps and its refusal to recognise the reality of Israel’s apartheid system for Palestinians. Google should be compelled to end its complicity with Israeli racism and apartheid.

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Tehran Summit Calls for Political Solution in Syria
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Sep 2018

7 Sep 2018 – The leaders of Iran, Turkey and Russia “rejected all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism,” while expressing determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and national security of neighboring countries.

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Israel Killed 19 Palestinians and Wounded 1,600 in August
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

1 Sep 2018 – Israel’s occupation forces killed 19 civilian Palestinians, including four children, and wounded 1,600 during August, Quds Press reported on Friday [31 Aug]. The killings took place in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem.

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There Is a Bitter Legacy in Israel on Its Gaza Evacuation Anniversary
Adnan Abu Amer – Middle East Monitor, 3 Sep 2018

In August 2005, the Israeli occupation forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip. Many generals in the Israeli army admit that withdrawing from Gaza represented a real retreat in the face of the resistance. The Palestinians had dared to challenge the state which had maintained its deterrent superiority over regular armies in the region for over half a century. But thirteen years since the disengagement from Gaza, Israel has not enjoyed peace.

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Gift?
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

No legend

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The Palestinian Cause on World Humanitarian Day – 19 August
Dr Essam Yousef - Middle East Monitor, 27 Aug 2018

24 Aug 2018 – Involvement in humanitarian activities to help the Palestinians can be determined by two things: the effects of the Israeli occupation and colonisation of Palestine, with all its racism and tyranny; or the continued absence of justice despite the legitimacy of the Palestinian cause based on international laws and conventions. The presence of the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in occupied Jerusalem brings the third aspect into play; the cause carries with it a lot of symbolism across the Islamic world.

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Israel to Build 650 New Settlement Units in West Bank
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2018

22 Aug 2018 – Israel announced yesterday plans to build 650 new settler units in the central West Bank, according to Hebrew-language daily Israel Hayom. The new housing units will be built in the Jewish-only Beit El settlement, which is located adjacent to the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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What Everyone Should Know about Israel’s Siege of the Gaza Strip
Rebecca Stead – Middle East Monitor, 13 Aug 2018

10 Aug 2018 – For 11 years, Israel has imposed an unforgiving siege on the Gaza Strip. With severely restricted access in and out of the enclave — via land, air and, notoriously, sea — Gaza has effectively been sealed off from the world. The Strip is only 360 square kilometres in size, about the same as Las Vegas in the US or one-quarter the size of London. It is now home to almost two million Palestinians, making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world and leading some to dub Gaza “the world’s largest open-air prison.”

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Ireland’s Decision to Advance Boycott Bill Could Be the Tipping Point for Justice for Palestine
Prof. Kamel Hawwash – Middle East Monitor, 23 Jul 2018

12 Jul 2018 – Under pressure from Israel, the Irish Government, which does not support boycotts, postponed an initial attempt to bring the bill to a vote in January of this year. However, on 11 July the “Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018” was debated and passed. The vote was 25 in favour, 20 against and 14 abstaining.

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Israel Is Now Arming Seven Terrorist Groups in Syria
Asa Winstanley – Middle East Monitor, 16 Apr 2018

The illegal Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights has now been in place for more than 50 years. This substantial territory, part of southern Syria, was conquered by Israeli occupation forces in the 1967war. The majority of the Syrian population in the territory was then either expelled, or fled towards safety. Israel demolished their homes, buildings and entire villages in the Golan in order to build Jewish settlements where they once stood.

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Israel Offers Tourists the Chance to Be Soldiers
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2017

11 Jul 2017 – Ever wanted to try and shoot a Palestinian? Israel has set up a military simulator which allows tourists to do just that. Controversial fantasy “anti-terrorism” camps set up in the occupied West Bank provide visitors with the opportunity to play the role of Israeli forces in a variety of situations, ranging from an explosion at a Jerusalem marketplace, to a stabbing attack and sniper tournament.

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Israel Attempts to Block yet another UN Report
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jun 2017

15 Jun 2017 – Having succeeded in blocking a recent UN report that accused Israel of maintaining a system of apartheid, Israeli officials are now attempting to remove another UN report, which has charged Tel Aviv with carrying out extrajudicial executions along with a list of other human rights violations.

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Balfour’s Legacy: The Destruction of Palestine
Dr Salman Abu Sitta – Middle East Monitor, 8 May 2017

Author Salman Abu Sitta addressed the UK’s House of Lords on 28 Mar 2017 to discuss the Balfour Declaration and its consequences on the Palestinians. This year marks a century since the document was signed and the future of the State of Palestine was sealed.

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Abbas to Award Khalaf with Palestinian Highest Medal
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday [18 Mar 2017] said he would award the highest Palestinian medal to former UN official Rima Khalaf for her courageous stand for Palestinians, local media reported.

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The ESCWA Report: Guterres Falls at the First Hurdle
Julie Webb-Pullman – Middle East Monitor, 3 Apr 2017

The resignation of the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Rima Khalaf, under pressure from Guterres to withdraw her agency’s report titled Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid, and the report’s subsequent removal from the website, demand serious world attention, if the UN is to retain any semblance of independence, impartiality and integrity.

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Why Is Israel Tightening the Gaza Blockade?
Ben White - Middle East Monitor, 31 Oct 2016

21 Oct 2016 – Let us begin with the facts: Israeli authorities have tightened the long-standing blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli blockade – an illegal policy of collective punishment in the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – is continuing to severely harm the lives of Gaza’s two million residents, furthering the enclave’s de-development.

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Google Slammed for Removing Palestine from Its Maps
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2016

4 Aug 2016 – The Palestinian Journalists’ Forum has denounced Google for deleting the name of Palestine from its maps and replacing it with Israel. In a statement released yesterday, the forum said Google’s decision to remove Palestine from its maps on 25 July “is part of the Israeli scheme to establish its name as a legitimate state for generations to come and abolish Palestine once and for all.”

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Spanish Court Issues Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu and Other Officials
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2015

A Spanish court has issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials for their role in the 2010 attack on the Freedom Flotilla heading to Gaza, local media reported on Friday [13 Nov 2015].

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Missing the Target, Forgetting the Point, Forgetting the Profession
Dr Paola Manduca – Middle East Monitor, 12 Oct 2015

The “occupation” of medical journals by pro-Israel professionals without any “preoccupation” about health issues. Here I will write about facts and the lack of facts, and the absence of intellectual, moral and professional adequacy. First, though, some context behind the original letter.

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Israeli Think-Tank Holds Anti-BDS ‘Hackathon’
Ben White – Middle East Monitor, 26 Jan 2015

16 Jan 2015 – Pro-Israel activists have vowed to fight back against a growing global boycott campaign. Improving Zionist groups’ “toolbox” in the fight against Palestine solidarity campaigners means “develop[ing] methodologies to be able to penetrate, with messaging and for other purposes, often protected and niche internet-mediated worlds.”

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{MUST READ} Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian Doctor
Dr. Mads Gilbert – Middle East Monitor, 28 Jul 2014

17 Jul 2014 – The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent. The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads, they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

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Israel’s New Settlements Will Coincide with the Release of Palestinian Prisoners
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2013

28 Dec 2013 – According to Maariv newspaper half of the settlement units will be built in occupied East Jerusalem. Israel is preparing to announce a plan to build 1,400 settlement units by the time the third batch of Palestinian prisoners is released.

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Israel Destroys More Houses and Wells in the Jordan Valley
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2013

3 Dec 2013 – Local sources claim that the Israelis are on standby to carry out even more demolitions on the pretext that the buildings do not have planning permission. This is often used as an excuse by the Israelis who are trying to drive Palestinians off their land so that more illegal Jewish settlers can be moved in.

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Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire on Palestine, Political Prisoners and Nuclear Weapons
Dr. Hanan Chehata – Middle East Monitor, 19 Dec 2011

“Israel started the nuclear arms race in the Middle East, it’s the only country that has them, and we all know they have them. Israel has the power to start the whole movement for Middle East nuclear disarmament. The choice is between nuclear disarmament or nuclear proliferation. If we have nuclear proliferation we will never turn the clock back. Every Tom, Dick and Harry and everyone with a back garden will want a nuclear bomb! It’s absolutely crazy.

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Israel Places Resources at Suleiman’s Disposal “To Protect the Egyptian Regime”
Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Feb 2011

Well-placed Israeli sources have disclosed that the Zionist state has offered to place “all its capabilities” at the disposal of General Omar Suleiman, the recently appointed Vice President of Egypt, for the “protection of the regime in Egypt”. This offer includes the implementation of “various operations to end the popular revolution”. Israel has also asked Suleiman to work on preventing arms being smuggled into the Gaza Strip.

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