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Israel's military occupation in 2014, by the numbers

A Palestinian child at a protest in Nabi Saleh, West Bank against Israeli settlement expansion2,312 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces. 56 of those Palestinian fatalities were killed in the West Bank.

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The Art of Drone War Drone Art and Lit from the Middle East

Shadow of droneSince 2002, when the first targeted drone strike against Al Qaeda was ordered in Afghanistan, US armed drones have resulted in thousands of deaths (of both suspected terrorists and civilians) in Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. As drones are remotely controlled by operators far from the killing fields, and thus operate more invisibly, it is argued they produce less accountability from the US in its "shadow war". By being a subject of US political debate, the function of drones and the ethics of drone strikes have come to take on a life of their own in art and literature. However, drone art and literature from the Middle East remains woefully underrepresented.

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Palestine in Print: Showcasing home-grown Palestinian talent

A postcard on sale at Palestine in Print store. Photo by Tazim HamidTazim Hamid's story began with a dream, and a voice fuelled by a passion to help the Palestinian cause. Set up to provide a platform for Palestinian artists and writers to publish their own work free of charge, the Palestine in Print project has done exactly that. Shortly after visiting Palestine in February 2012 as a volunteer to plant olive trees, Hamid's first published photo book, Roots Run Deep: Life in Occupied Palestine by Hamde Abu Rahma, was born, thus paving the way for Palestine in Print. She came into contact with Abu Rahma, a photographer and activist who was featured in the Oscar-nominated film 5 Broken Cameras, and after a few conversations learnt of his dream of publishing a photo book illustrating the unjust and inhumane occupation. This aspiration, however, was stunted by the lack of finances at his disposal in being represented by a publisher, designer, or even in possessing basic resources such as a bank account.

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Could FIFA Suspend Israel?

File photo of Palestinian footballers in GazaNow in the Washington, D.C. area, Kuttab is founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq and also a co-founder of Nonviolence International, which just put out a 45-page report "Report: Israel Hinders Football in Occupied Palestine" with the Palestine Football Association. Kuttab edited the report.

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An Appeal to Parliamentarians Worldwide

ACTION ALERT:Haneen Zoubi

MK Haneen Zoubi (BALAD) faces death threats as the Israeli Knesset House Committee votes to revoke her Parliamentary privileges for participating in the Gaza-bound humanitarian aid Flotilla and protesting against the blockade.

An Appeal to Parliamentarians Worldwide

June 9, 2010

On June 7, 2010, the Knesset House Committee of the Israeli parliament voted by a majority of seven-to-one to recommend that the parliamentary privileges of MK Haneen Zoubi (NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY-BALAD) be revoked. In accordance with the committee's decision, MK Zoubi will be stripped of three rights usually enjoyed by members of the Israeli parliament. First, her diplomatic passport will be rescinded. Second, her privileges regarding travel abroad will be curtailed. Third, her legal costs incurred while in service will no longer be covered by the Knesset. Before taking effect, the revocation of these privileges must be approved by the Knesset plenum. A vote on these matters may take place as early as next week.

The House Committee decision followed several stormy days in the Knesset, during which MK Zoubi was accused by fellow parliamentarians of being a "terrorist" and a "traitor," and subjected to racist and sexist remarks so offensive and abusive, that some were ordered stricken from the public record. In light of this hateful atmosphere, it is likely that the Knesset plenum will approve the House Committee's recommendations.

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