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EU Parliament to vote on Palestinian statehood

File photo of the European ParliamentFollowing symbolic recognition of a Palestinian state by several European countries, the European Parliament is set to debate statehood recognition on November 27. According to the EU Observer's paraphrasing of a senior EU diplomat, "the pro-recognition feeling reflects 'frustration' that Israel is ignoring Europe on settlement expansion". Frustration has also been expressed in "brainstorming" punitive measures against Israel – a mere consideration of recalling ambassadors from the settler-colonial state as a response to unheeded advice to stop settlement expansion.

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‘Jewish state’ law furore misses the point: Israel already discriminates

Ben WhiteThe proposed 'Jewish nation-state' bill has prompted a huge amount of discussion and controversy within and outside of Israel.

But missing in most of the international coverage is the extent to which Israel already defines itself as a Jewish state, and in so doing, institutionally and legally discriminates. Here are three key ways in which Israeli law has created an ethnocracy, not a democracy.

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Shin Bet to monitor social media to detect individual resistance plans

Dr Saleh Al-NaamiThe Israeli intelligence services are currently working on intensifying their monitoring of social network sites used by Palestinians, especially the youth living in occupied Jerusalem. This is an effort to identify those who are willing and preparing to carry out individual resistance operations. According to Israel's Yedioth Ahranoth newspaper, this task has fallen to the Shin Bet internal security agency.

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Negotiations to end all peace...

Jamal KanjFollowing the historical recognition by the Swedish government, British legislators voted overwhelmingly on a non-binding resolution urging their government to recognise the state of Palestine.

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Israeli spokesman Mark Regev: punitive home demolitions are 'price to be paid'

Ben WhiteThe Israeli Prime Minister's spokesman Mark Regev has defended the internationally-condemned policy of punitive home demolitions as an appropriate "price to be paid".

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