Palestinian hunger strike heightens tension with Israel

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Palestinian prisoners' strike

Palestinian hunger strike heightens tension with Israel,

A hunger strike by more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners over their treatment in Israeli jails has turned into a heated dispute over whether the leader of the protest secretly broke the fast, and whether Israel tempted him to do so.

Video of Barghouti eating hasn’t taken a bite out of his popularity,

Video clips purporting to show Marwan Barghouti eating in his prison cell are unlikely to damage his image among prisoners and the broader Palestinian public. Instead, they seem to be having the opposite effect.

Israelis simply don't want to know about Palestinian prisoners,

“The Israeli public doesn’t care about Palestinians on hunger strike, about conditions in prison, or what happens to a body after it is deprived of food for so long,” writes Orly Noy.

New Hamas chief backs hunger-striking prisoners,

Ismail Haniya calls prisoners’ dignity a ‘national duty’ in first public address since appointed Hamas’ political chief.

Occupation/Human rights

Palestinian teenage girl 'executed in cold blood' by Israel,

Witnesses in occupied Jerusalem have said troops fired 20 bullets at a teenage girl who allegedly approached a checkpoint carrying a knife.

Dozens of Palestinian cars defaced in J'lem 'price tag' attack,

Attack comes just days after a number of Jewish extremists were served with administrative restraining orders barring them from the West Bank.

Will FIFA Give Israeli Settlement Clubs a Yellow Card?,

“The longer FIFA allows the issue of Israel’s settlement clubs to go unresolved, the more its credibility will suffer, the more football will be politicized, and the more it will find itself drawn into the larger Israeli-Palestinian entanglement,” write Hugh Lovatt and Martin Konecny.

Abbas told Trump to base peace talks on 2008 Olmert maps – report,

At White House meet, PA president said to have shown Trump maps and documents from former PM’s proposed deal, including territorial swaps.

Archbishop of Canterbury expresses 'grief and sorrow' at plight of Palestinians,

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, has spoken of his “profound grief and sorrow” after hearing the testimonies of Palestinians whose land has been put beyond their reach by the vast concrete wall Israel has built near Bethlehem.


What happens when Gaza's water desalination stations can't get enough electricity?,

Water desalination can be a vital source of water in rain-deprived coastal areas, such as our own. It is particularly important in Gaza, where 96 percent of groundwater is undrinkable.

Profile: Ismail Haniya, Hamas' political chief,

Hamas, the Palestinian political movement that rules Gaza Strip, elected Ismail Abdulsalam Ahmed Haniya, 54, as the head of the group’s political bureau, replacing Khaled Meshaal.

Israeli politics

Bennett: We must tell Trump the 'truth' about peace process,

In an interview with Al-Monitor, HaBayit HaYehudi leader Naftali Bennett says that “the age of maneuvering is over” as the Israeli government must be honest with US President Donald Trump about the reality of creating a Palestinian state.

Lieberman: We Defeated the Nazis, I Hope We Can Defeat Our Enemies at Home,

While he mentioned terror organizations in his enumeration of Israel’s enemies, he also implied that those who “act against us” include Arab Knesset members and Israelis who attended an alternative Memorial Day ceremony with Palestinians last week.

EU's social democrats to cooperate with Arab-Israeli parties,

The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), the second-largest political group in the European Parliament, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Arab Movement for Renewal faction (Ta’al) within the Joint List party, strengthening its relations with Israeli-Arab political parties.