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29 novembre 2016 2 29 /11 /novembre /2016 08:55
Publish Date: 2016/11/28
Foreign Minister says resolution on settlements in few days
 
 
 

 

 

RAMALLAH, November 28, 2016 (WAFA) – Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said Monday work on a draft resolution on the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories to be submitted to the United Nations Security Council is underway and will be ready in few days.

Speaking to Voice of Palestine radio, Malki said consultations with the Arab countries are continuing to ensure their support to the Palestinian bid in the international organization.

He said that he expects the resolution to be submitted to a vote before the end of this year.

Malki said members of the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other friendly countries have pledged to vote in favor of the resolution.

Regarding France’s effort to hold an international peace conference, the foreign minister said talks are underway with Arab countries regarding the latest on this effort.

He said the United States position on participation in the conference that will be held at the level of foreign ministers has not been clarified yet.

M.N./M.A.

 

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From Palestine to Cuba: Palestinian leaders remember the late Fidel Castro

Nov. 26, 2016 4:24 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2016 3:59 P.M.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian leaders expressed their condolences on Saturday for the death of Fidel Castro, a Cuban leader and revolutionary who passed away late Friday at the age of 90, and remembered his staunch support for the Palestinian people and their struggle for freedom and independence.

The head of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), Salim al-Zanun, highlighted in a statement the historical relationship between the Palestinian struggle and Cuba, and recognized the late President Yasser Arafat’s relationship with the deceased Cuban leader, who broke off diplomatic ties with the state of Israel in 1973 and was one the first countries to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) after its founding in 1964.

Al-Zanun added that Cuba today still believes in the justice of the Palestinian cause and continues to support the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, return, and an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) eulogized the late leader in a statement, underscoring that Castro had “consistently stood with the oppressed peoples of the world in their confrontation with imperialism, Zionism, racism, and capitalism.”

The PFLP celebrated the Cuban revolution, which ousted the US-backed Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, saying that the revolution “belonged to the entire people,” and united workers and peasants to ensure the victory of their revolution, adding that Cuba has remained “an example of the nationalization of production, the division of wealth, and the construction of exceptional free education and health care systems.”

“From Angola to South Africa, Palestine to Mozambique, Bolivia to El Salvador, Castro’s legacy of international revolutionary solidarity and struggle continues to serve as an example in practice that transcends borders toward revolution, democracy and socialism,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Democratic Union also expressed sadness over the death of the celebrated leader, with the group’s Secretary-General Zahira Kamal saying that Castro’s death was an important moment for the Palestinian people, and extended their condolences to the Cuban people and all of his supporters around the world.

Similarly, Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Nayif Hawatmeh said that "the departure of the comrade, the leader, the friend, the great revolutionary, the patriot, and the nationalist Fidel Castro is a great loss for all revolutionaries and nationalist forces around the world."

Castro rose to power in Cuba in 1959 and was lauded as a leader of the poor and oppressed, while rearranging the global political landscape through a socialist regime that was staunchly opposed to American imperialist policies. The deceased leader also implemented policies which established free national education and health care services throughout the country.

The celebrated leader also survived more than 600 assassination attempts by the US government.

As a result of his failing health, his brother Raul took over the position of president in 2006.

The Palestinian cause was a central issue during the whole of Castro's political life. Diplomatic ties between Cuba and Palestine began in the same year that Castro became prime minister in 1959 following the Cuban revolution, when Raul Castro and Che Guevara visited the Gaza Strip.

According to Al Jazeera, Arafat and Castro developed close diplomatic and personal ties, with Castro inviting Arafat to Cuba at least eight times. Palestinian authorities have noted that during each visit Castro "always welcomed [Arafat] like he was a head of state."

Cuba publicly condemned Israel at the United Nations for the first time during the aftermath of the Six-Day War in 1967, when Israeli forces launched a military campaign that resulted in the ongoing occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. According to Al Jazeera, Cuba and Nicaragua were the only Latin American countries to grant the PLO full diplomatic status, with Cuba severing ties completely with the Israeli state several years later.

Following the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory, Cuba also began to provide military support to the Fatah movement, and eventually extended his support to Palestinian popular and democratic fronts that became central to the resistance movements during the first Palestinian intifada.

In addition, Castro cosponsored UN Resolution 3379 that was passed in 1975, which stated that "Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination." However, the resolution was eventually repealed in 1991.

In 2014, Castro, along with several other Latin American countries, directly spoke out against Israel’s most recent offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip, which left some 1,462 Palestinians dead, a third of whom were children, calling the assault a “new, repugnant form of fascism” in a column for a local Cuban newspaper.

“Why does the government of this country (Israel) think that the world will be impervious to this macabre genocide that is being committed today against the Palestinian people?” it read.

However, others have criticized the leader for his longstanding rule over Cuba and what critics said was the concerted stifling of political dissent, as Cuban Americans in Miami flocked to the streets to celebrate the leader’s death, with one critic commenting on Twitter: “Rest in Peace for education, healthcare, and racial equality for the people. Rest in Pain for starving, murdering, and silencing them.”

Despite criticisms, Castro has remained an icon for left-wing movements and underdeveloped countries which saw the leader as a voice of the oppressed who could stand up against destructive American policies, while instilling hope into independence movements around the world throughout the anti-colonial rebellions of the 1960s and 70s.

 
 
 
 
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27 novembre 2016 7 27 /11 /novembre /2016 10:00

In Israel, only Muslim prayer is noisy

 

Israel’s attempt to ban the Muslim call to prayer faces accusations of colonial annihilation of Muslim identity, Amira Howeidy reports

 

In Israel, only Muslim prayer is noisy
 
 
 
The Israeli Knesset is expected to discuss a bill that officially seeks to ban the use of loudspeakers from places of worship, but practically targets mosques only as the source of intolerable noise.

Church bells and sirens sounded to mark the beginning and end of Jewish holidays have not been part of the discussion as exceptions to synagogues are being debated.

The “Muezzin Bill” as it’s commonly called — in reference to the person tasked with making the call to prayer from dawn to evening five times daily — has been described by critics as yet another assault on the Muslim identity of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, targeting further Judaicisation of Jerusalem.

Because there are already laws and regulations for noise pollution in Israel, efforts to defend the new bill against accusations of racism have been unsuccessful. Both Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the bill’s primary sponsor, MK Moti Yogev from the Zionist Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is our Home) Party, have not been shy in singling out the Muslim call to prayer specifically as the source of unacceptable noise.

An explanatory note with the bill said that hundreds of thousands of citizens in Galilee, the Negev, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa and other locations in the centre of the country regularly and daily suffer from noise caused by the muezzin’s call in mosques.

The controversial law was backed by the Netanyahu government last week and unanimously approved by the Ministerial Legislative Committee. As Al-Ahram Weekly was going to press Wednesday, the Knesset was to begin voting.

If enforced, the law will target mosques in Jerusalem in 1948 Palestine, not the Occupied West Bank, which is under Palestinian Authority rule.

“We do not intend to violate freedom of religion, but rather to prevent harm to citizens whose sleep is affected by the muezzin’s call,” said Yogev.

Palestinian officials disagree, arguing that the move serves to antagonise Muslims and flare up sectarian tension in an already explosive region. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to turn to the international community to fight against bill. His spokesman, Nabil Abu Rodeina, said the bill will lead to a “catastrophe in the region” if passed.

“The Palestinian leadership will turn to the UN Security Council and all other international organisations to stop these Israeli measures,” he added.

In protests during the weekend, thousands of Palestinians living in Israel decried the bill and its authors as racist and anti-Muslim. In the Arab city of Kafr Qassim, protesters carried placards in Arabic and Hebrew which read: ‘You will not silence a voice that took off 1,400 years ago’ (since the advent of Islam).

Proponents of the bill cite European laws banning loudspeakers in mosques. They went as far as claiming — inaccurately — that Arab Muslim states like Egypt and Saudi Arabia similarly ban loudspeakers for prayers.

“Those who are disturbed by the sound of the call to prayer and think they are in Europe, should return to Europe,” Arab MK Haneen Zoabi wrote on her Facebook page. She said that the objective of the bill is to “alter” the nature and identity of place.

“The sound of minarets is part of our homeland and its culture; that’s why they want to silence it… The sound of the Muezzin is part of the sentiment of the indigenous people and that’s what they want to uproot.”

There are over 1.7 million Palestinians living in Israel — roughly 20 per cent of the population.

The main opposition to the bill was inside the Israeli Knesset where the Joint List that comprises of Arab MKs threatened to go to the Israeli Supreme Court if the draft law exempts the siren for the Jewish Shabbat.

Legal experts say the bill would not stand in the high court because of its discriminatory nature. The Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth news Website quoted a senior legal official who was doubtful that the attorney general would defend the government and the Knesset before court if a version of the bill passes exempting the loudspeaker systems of synagogues.

The official said such a law would be unconstitutional for permitting discrimination and would damage the freedom of religion and worship.

Reported changes to the bill seek to apply the ban late at night and in early morning, which means that mosques would still be allowed to operate loudspeakers for the rest of the day.

“If taken in a vacuum, the bill could seem something that could be up to debate; should there be loud noise for religious practice late at night?” said Joel Branauld, executive director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace. “Of course this bill is not happening in a vacuum and further creates distinctions between Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens. There are pre-existing arrangements and informal relationships that sort this out in general. It seems to be a law whose main purpose is to create a reaction from the Arab community which feels under threat already.”

The prospect of banning the call to prayer has been so infuriating to Palestinians that Arab MKs Ahmed Al-Tibi and Talab Abu Arab took to the podium in the Knesset and sounded the Muslim prayer in a show of defiance to the bill.

“We will not respect this law, and I call on our public to revolt against it and reject it. Netanyahu personally stands behind this bill, and he spreads incitement against Islam,” said Al-Tibi.

Yogev’s bill is not the first legislative attempt to muzzle the Muslim call to prayer. In 2011, an MK from Yisrael Beiteinu proposed a similar law, but despite Netanyahu’s pledge of support for the bill it failed to pass.

This time, ahead of the Knesset debate, illegal Israeli settlers lobbying for the ban have been gathering outside of Israeli politicians’ homes in West Jerusalem at odd hours to play the call to prayer to demonstrate the noise, according to reports.

As the controversy surrounding the bill progressed, ultraorthodox MKs who had initially opposed it under the presumption it also banned the sirens sounded for Jewish holidays, withdrew their opposition after receiving promises that Jewish sirens wouldn’t be affected.

According to The Jerusalem Post, a spokesman for Interior Minister Arye Deri issued a statement in the name of a senior figure in the ultraorthodox Shas Party who described the “Muezzin Bill” as “unnecessary”, saying there was no need for the measure and that current laws can be used to require mosques to reduce the volume of the call to prayer.

The Arab League described the bill as a “very dangerous precedent... a threat to peace and security in the region” and a rejected escalation by Israel. In the same vein, the Islamophobia unit in Egypt’s Dar Al-Iftaa issued a statement that deemed the bill incendiary and in violation of the principle of freedom of worship. The statement associated the bill with increasing violations by Israel, in particular hampering access of Muslim worshipers to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied East Jerusalem.

On Saturday, fans of Jordanian football team Wahdat erupted in chants sounding the call to prayer during a match in a stadium east of the capital Amman, in solidarity with Palestinian protesters.

The Jordanian government came out against the bill last week with Undersecretary for Islamic and Waqf Affairs Abdullah Abadi saying, “an occupier cannot make any change to the city it occupies and things must remain the same.”

On Monday, Turkey’s deputy prime minister denounced the bill as unacceptable and “an insult to the culture, past and history of Jerusalem. It makes no sense and is contrary to freedom of belief.”

 

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27 novembre 2016 7 27 /11 /novembre /2016 09:56

Israeli court sentences Palestinian teen girl to 13-and-a-half years in prison

Nov. 23, 2016 2:29 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2016 10:36 P.M.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) – An Israeli magistrate court in Jerusalem Wednesday sentenced a teenage Palestinian girl to 13-and-a-half years in prison for a stabbing attack carried out exactly one year ago in Jerusalem.

According to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), lawyer Mufid al-Hajj reported that the prison sentence handed down to 17-year-old Nurhan Awwad also came with a fine of 30,000 shekels ($7,757).

Exactly one year ago, when Awwad was 16-years-old, she carried out a stabbing attack with her 14-year-old cousin Hadil Wajih Awwad, who was shot dead by an Israeli security guard during the incident.

Meanwhile, Nurhan was severely wounded with two bullet wounds in her stomach.

Video footage showed both girls running at the security officer waving scissors, before the security guard and another Israeli managed to knock the girls to the ground.

Once on the ground, the security guard ran forward and shot each of them several times.

Hadil Awwad, a resident of the Qalandiya refugee camp, died almost immediately. Her brother, Mahmoud Awwad, reportedly died in 2013, several months after he was shot and injured during clashes with Israeli troops inside the refugee camp.

Rights groups have repeatedly denounced what they have termed Israeli forces' "shoot-to-kill" policy against Palestinians since a wave of violence first erupted in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October, so far leaving 240 Palestinian killed, stating that a number Palestinians had been shot dead even when not constituting an immediate threat at the time of their death or when they could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.

Nurhan Awwad’s prison sentence is the latest in an Israeli crackdown on Palestinian teenagers who have committed attacks against Israelis, while Israeli authorities have ordered lengthy prison sentences for Palestinians as young as 14 years old.

Ahmad Manasra, 14, made headlines earlier this month when he was sentenced to 12 years in Israeli prison after he was charged with attempted murder for carrying out a stabbing attack on Oct. 12, 2015 that left two Israelis seriously injured. In addition, the court imposed a fine on his family of 180,000 shekels ($47,187).

Meanwhile, on Monday, an Israeli court in Jerusalem also sentenced 19-year-old Subhi Abu Khalifa from the Shufat refugee camp in the West Bank’s Jerusalem district to 18 years in prison for committing a stabbing attack in Jerusalem last year that left two Israelis injured.

Meanwhile, the family of Palestinian prisoner Abed Dwiyaat, 20, told Ma’an on Monday that their lawyer had reached an agreement with Israeli prosecution, suggesting that Dwiyaat would be sentenced to 18 years in prison for causing the death of an Israeli man after throwing rocks at his vehicle.

In August, the controversial “Youth Bill” was passed in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. The bill allows Israeli authorities to imprison a child under the age of 14 if convicted of “terrorism” against Israeli civilians or military personnel.

While critics said the bill was intended to punish primarily Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem who attempt attacks on Israeli civilians and military, it is just one of several laws which have been passed over the last year targeting Palestinian minors and fast-tracking the imprisonment of Palestinian youths.

In July 2015, legislation was passed in the Israeli Knesset allowing sentencing for up to 20 years for someone convicted of throwing stones at vehicles if intent to harm could be proven. However, the law allows the Israeli state to imprison someone for up to 10 years without proof of intent.

The vast majority of those detained for throwing stones at Israelis are Palestinian minors.

In November, Israel established legislation allowing the sentencing of Palestinians to a minimum of three years in prison for the act of throwing a stone at an Israeli. Included in the legislation were provisions allowing Israeli authorities to strip stone throwers in East Jerusalem of their state benefits and cancel access to national health insurance and social services for the families of the accused.

According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), proposals are also underway to allow Israeli authorities to hand down life sentences to children under the age of 14.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 400 Palestinian minors were detained by Israel as of October, many of whom the group said were beaten, threatened, sexually assaulted, and placed in solitary confinement during their interrogation and detention.

 
 
 
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Publish Date: 2016/11/24
PA expresses readiness to cooperate with Trump
 
 
 

 

 

RAMALLAH, November 24, 2016 (WAFA) - Tayyib Abdul Rahim, secretary-general of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' office, said Thursday the Palestinians are ready to cooperate with US President-elect Donald Trump to achieve a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.

Abdul Rahim said during a celebration of the Japanese Emperor’s birthday in Ramallah that Palestinians have always responded well to all peace initiatives to achieve a comprehensive and just peace in the region.

He said the Palestinian Authority hopes negotiations would not become a way to only manage the conflict.

Abdul Rahim also commended Japan on its efforts in the peace process and said the Palestinians look forward to advancing its role, which will leave a positive impact on the region.

M.H./M.K.

 

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Publish Date: 2016/11/24
PA expresses readiness to cooperate with Trump
 
 
 

 

 

RAMALLAH, November 24, 2016 (WAFA) - Tayyib Abdul Rahim, secretary-general of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' office, said Thursday the Palestinians are ready to cooperate with US President-elect Donald Trump to achieve a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.

Abdul Rahim said during a celebration of the Japanese Emperor’s birthday in Ramallah that Palestinians have always responded well to all peace initiatives to achieve a comprehensive and just peace in the region.

He said the Palestinian Authority hopes negotiations would not become a way to only manage the conflict.

Abdul Rahim also commended Japan on its efforts in the peace process and said the Palestinians look forward to advancing its role, which will leave a positive impact on the region.

M.H./M.K.

 

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25 novembre 2016 5 25 /11 /novembre /2016 10:23
Un vote massif pour le droit du peuple Palestinien à l’auto-détermination
 
 
 

Ma’an News, mercredi 23 novembre 2016

 

 

 

New York - Ma’an - Un vote a eu lieu lundi 21 novembre, à la Commission des questions sociales, humanitaires et culturelles de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies (la Troisième Commission) sur une résolution approuvant le droit du peuple palestinien à l’autodétermination, la résolution a été adoptée par 170 pays contre 7 qui se sont opposés, (Canada, Israël, Îles Marshall, Micronésie, Nauru, Palaos, États-Unis) et cinq pays se sont abstenus de voter (Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, le Royaume de Tonga et Anwato).

La résolution réaffirme le droit du peuple palestinien à l’auto-détermination, y compris le droit à un état palestinien indépendant, et prie instamment tous les États, les organismes et les organisations des Nations Unies de continuer à soutenir le peuple palestinien et les aider à réaliser leur droit.

La résolution souligne également la nécessité urgente de mettre, sans délai, fin à l’occupation israélienne qui a commencé en 1967, et de parvenir à un règlement pacifique juste, durable et global entre les parties palestinienne et israélienne, sur la base des décisions des Nations Unies, les termes de référence de Madrid, l’Initiative de paix arabe et la feuille de route, pour trouver une solution durable au conflit israélo-palestinien sur la base de l’existence de deux États.

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25 novembre 2016 5 25 /11 /novembre /2016 10:21
Publish Date: 2016/11/24
Settlers set fire to farming land south of Nablus
 
 
 

 

 

NABLUS, November 24, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers from Yitzhar Thursday set fire to farming land in the town of Huwwara, south of Nablus, according to Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settler activities in the north of the West Bank.

He said residents saw dozens of settlers setting fire to the land and watched from the hills celebrating as the fire raged in the area.

Fire gutted olive trees in the area, he said, as fire fighters and residents were trying to contain it before it spreads to other areas.

Weather conditions and high wind cause fires to spread fast as officials have warned against starting fire anywhere.

However, officials said the settlers took advantage of the bad weather conditions to destroy as much as possible of the Palestinian agricultural land knowing very well that the fire is going to spread fast.

M.K.

 

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Un vote massif pour le droit du peuple Palestinien à l’auto-détermination
 
 
 

Ma’an News, mercredi 23 novembre 2016

 

 

 

New York - Ma’an - Un vote a eu lieu lundi 21 novembre, à la Commission des questions sociales, humanitaires et culturelles de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies (la Troisième Commission) sur une résolution approuvant le droit du peuple palestinien à l’autodétermination, la résolution a été adoptée par 170 pays contre 7 qui se sont opposés, (Canada, Israël, Îles Marshall, Micronésie, Nauru, Palaos, États-Unis) et cinq pays se sont abstenus de voter (Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, le Royaume de Tonga et Anwato).

La résolution réaffirme le droit du peuple palestinien à l’auto-détermination, y compris le droit à un état palestinien indépendant, et prie instamment tous les États, les organismes et les organisations des Nations Unies de continuer à soutenir le peuple palestinien et les aider à réaliser leur droit.

La résolution souligne également la nécessité urgente de mettre, sans délai, fin à l’occupation israélienne qui a commencé en 1967, et de parvenir à un règlement pacifique juste, durable et global entre les parties palestinienne et israélienne, sur la base des décisions des Nations Unies, les termes de référence de Madrid, l’Initiative de paix arabe et la feuille de route, pour trouver une solution durable au conflit israélo-palestinien sur la base de l’existence de deux États.

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Publish Date: 2016/11/22
 
Israeli bulldozers demolish remaining part of home in Jerusalem
 
 
 

RAMALLAH, November 22, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli bulldozers Tuesday demolished the remaining part of a Palestinian home in the Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur for being built with Israeli-issued permit, said locals.

Escorting a bulldozer, Israeli police and Israeli Municipality of West Jerusalem staff raided al-Tur neighborhood in East Jerusalem, cordoning it off and deploying throughout the alleys of the neighborhood before proceeding to demolish the remaining part of a building under construction.

The home reportedly occupied an area of 150 square-meters and belonged to local resident Mahmoud al-Hadra. It had been partly demolished by Israeli bulldozers together with two other buildings in Wadi al-Joz and al-Issawiya neighborhoods on November 8.

Despite filing building permit applications, Palestinians in the West Bank, especially East Jerusalem and Area C, are rarely granted permits by Israeli authorities. As a result, they are forced to embark on construction without obtaining rarely-granted permits.

Israel frequently utilizes the lack of construction permits as a pretext for demolishing Palestinian houses.

Many humanitarian and legal bodies have maintained that Israel have been adopting planning policies discriminatory against Palestinians in West Bank Area C and East Jerusalem, making it extremely difficult for them to obtain building permits.

“As a result, many Palestinians build without permits to meet their housing needs and risk having their structures demolished. Palestinians must have the opportunity to participate in a fair and equitable planning system that ensures their needs are met,” OCHA reports.

Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian Territory that has been subject to Israeli military occupation since 1967, they are denied their citizenship rights and are instead classified only as "residents" whose permits can be revoked if they move away from the city for more than a few years.

They are also discriminated against in all aspects of life including housing, employment and services, and are unable to access services in the West Bank due to the construction of Israel's separation wall.

K.F./T.R.

 

 

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