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Israel frees 550 Palestinians in Shalit swap

Israel frees 550 Palestinians in Shalit swap | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
RAMALLAH/GAZA (Reuters) - Israel released 550 Palestinian prisoners Sunday in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home soldier Gilad Shalit after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.While...
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Who’s Burning Palestinian Mosques in the West Bank and Israel?

Who’s Burning Palestinian Mosques in the West Bank and Israel? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There have been six torchings in the West Bank and Israel in the past two years—but not a single indictment. Dan Ephron reports.
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Fayyad: Israeli sanctions have 'devastating impact' on Palestinian economy

Fayyad: Israeli sanctions have 'devastating impact' on Palestinian economy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad says he will be unable to pay the salaries of tens of thousands of civil servants due to Israel's withholding of tax revenues it collects on behalf of PA.
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Hamas Gains Momentum in Palestinian Rivalry

Hamas Gains Momentum in Palestinian Rivalry | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Recent events have strengthened the hand of Hamas as it prepares for negotiations this week with its Palestinian rivals to set up a transitional unity government.
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Palestinians embark on series of civil disobedience protests against 'demographic segregation'

Palestinians embark on series of civil disobedience protests against 'demographic segregation' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
'We have the right to reach Jerusalem. Why doesn't a settler need an entry permit? We do not obey apartheid rules. We're Palestinian, and this is Palestine,' protesters insisted.
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Palestinian 'freedom riders' board Israeli buses in protest

Palestinian 'freedom riders' board Israeli buses in protest | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Drawing what they say are parallels between Israeli policies in the West Bank and the laws in the Jim Crow American South, Palestinian activists emulating the 'freedom riders' of 1961 attempted to ride into Jerusalem on an Israeli bus today.
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Is Hamas Moderating?

Is Hamas Moderating? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
With Hamas’s Syrian patrons weaker, the group may be softening its hard line and open to a Fatah deal. By Ei Lake.
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Vandals set fire to Arab restaurant in Jaffa in suspected 'price tag' attack

Vandals set fire to Arab restaurant in Jaffa in suspected 'price tag' attack | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Phrases 'price tag' and 'Kahane was right' were reportedly scrawled on walls at the scene; police are investigating incident.
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Arab schools watchdog draws up educational plan for 'Palestinian minority' in Israel

Arab schools watchdog draws up educational plan for 'Palestinian minority' in Israel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Education Ministry: We will not allow the material to be taught in schools.
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Who Gains, Who Loses in Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap to Free Gilad Shalit? - Global Spin

Who Gains, Who Loses in Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap to Free Gilad Shalit?   - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Win-win outcomes are all too rare in the Middle East, but the agreement that will see Hamas free captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for a reported 1,000 Palestinian prisoners will allow each of its stakeholders to claim victory.
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We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Conflict

We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Conflict | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The spread of conflict and violence across the Middle East is dampening widespread hopes of an "Arab Spring" that followed the peaceful ousters of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia.
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Thousands of Gazans rally for Palestinian reconciliation

Thousands of Gazans rally for Palestinian reconciliation | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Palestinian Facebook activists organize multi-party grass-roots rally calling for reconciliation between Hamas government in Gaza and Fatah government in the West Bank.
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Israeli lawmakers move to annex West Bank, one museum at a time

Israel's parliament appears likely to pass a law funding Israeli museums in the West Bank – the latest settler effort to promote a creeping annexation of the disputed territory.
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Israel-Gaza violence: Testing the Arab world's appetite for fresh conflict?

Israel-Gaza violence: Testing the Arab world's appetite for fresh conflict? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Israel-Gaza violence has flared up again, with Israel killing two militants suspected of plotting attacks along the Israel-Egypt border.
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Fallout from the Arab Spring has Hamas agreeing to nonviolent protest and seeking PLO membership, which means recognizing Israel

Fallout from the Arab Spring has Hamas agreeing to nonviolent protest and seeking PLO membership,  which means recognizing Israel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The leaders of the two biggest Palestinian parties met in Cairo on Thanksgiving, and just going by the headlines afterward, you'd have thought nothing had happened. "Palestinians talk unity, no sign of progress," said Reuters.
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Advocating the two state solution: the best bet?

We need to convince our governments and the EU to invest in a political strategy that reverses the destructive dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They need to understand that respect for international law is not a detail, but lies at the very heart of the conflict.

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Israeli-Palestinian jolt? Why some want to dismantle PA.

Israeli-Palestinian jolt? Why some want to dismantle PA. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Their UN membership bid failed. They don't want to resume Israeli-Palestinian talks without a settlement freeze. Now some Palestinian officials have a new idea: dismantle the Palestinian Authority.
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The Palestinian crossroads | openDemocracy

The Palestinians' current political impasse offers them only difficult choices, says Ghassan Khatib.

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Israeli doctors 'failing to report torture of Palestinian detainees'

Israeli doctors 'failing to report torture of Palestinian detainees' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Human rights groups accuse doctors of failing to document signs of torture and returning detainees to interrogators...
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Abbas: Arab world was wrong to reject 1947 Partition Plan

Abbas: Arab world was wrong to reject 1947 Partition Plan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says in interview with Channel 2, 'it was our mistake, it was an Arab mistake as a whole,but do they (the Israelis) punish us for this mistake for 64 years?
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Revolutionary change in the Arab world: what prospects for Palestinians?

It may be that the era of Palestinian nationalism as it was born, post-1948, is coming to an end. Instead we may be heading in a new direction of unity and common identity across boundaries; 1948, 1967, Diaspora - a form of unity of ‘condition’.

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IDF strikes Gaza smuggling tunnels amid mounting tensions

IDF strikes Gaza smuggling tunnels amid mounting tensions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In statement, IDF says it would 'not suffer' the continued launching of rockets and mortars on communities around the Gaza Strip.
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In the West Bank, a Facebook Uprising Fizzles

In the West Bank, a Facebook Uprising Fizzles | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Young Palestinians organized demonstrations against the ruling parties in Gaza and the West Bank. But Hamas and Fatah got the better of them -- for now
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