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Why Palestinians Fight Back: The Logic of Life and Death in Gaza


By: Ramzy Baroud Another row is brewing between Israel and the Palestinian Resistance Movement, Hamas, over the release of Avraham Mengitsu, an Israeli citizen who, according to Israeli military sources, ‘slipped into Gaza’ on September 7, 2014. The circumstances of Mengitsu’s entry into Gaza remain unclear, especially since Hamas’ political leader,Khaled Mashaal, denied that the military wing of Hamas is …

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September in Numbers


The following are some interesting figures from September: It will cost  $7.8  billion to reconstruct Gaza, according to a study by the Palestinian Authority. 43 members of the elite intelligence-gathering Unit 8200 of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stating their refusal to serve in reserve duty in Palestine. The refuseniks decried many tactics …

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Mahmoud Abbas announces Rami Hamdallah as Prime Minister of Palestine unity government


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday named Rami Hamdallah as Prime Minister, as the two Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah appear to be on the verge of a historic unity government after seven bitter years as rivals. The official announcement brings the two parties substantially closer to a final reconciliation, after they established separate governments in 2007. Hamas took control …

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Pope Francis plans to visit tomb of Zionist founder on trip to the Holy Land, muddling already diplomatically complicated visit


Palestinian activists on Tuesday were critical of Pope Francis’ plans to visit the tomb of Zionist founder Theodor Herzl. Omar Barghouti, a member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement called the planned visit “nauseating”. “Laying a wreath on the grave of the founder of Zionism, a patently racist ideology that has served to enable and justify the ethnic cleansing …

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Israel Security Cabinet meeting over response to Palestinian, Hamas unity deal


The Israeli Security cabinet is set to meet on Thursday to discuss its response to the unity deal struck between the Hamas rulers of Gaza and the Palestinian leadership. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not react well to the agreement between the two rivals on Wednesday, and accused Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas of “choosing Hamas, not peace”. The ministers …

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