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HRW report highlights mistreatment of children in Israeli settlement farms

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has published a report entitled: "Ripe for Abuse: Palestinian Child Labour in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank". The 74-page report is based upon interviews with 38 children and 12 adults in Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley. Of these children, 33 had dropped out of school and were working full-time on Israeli settlements.

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A tale of two marathons - and a microcosm of Israeli Apartheid

Ben White

The West Bank was cut in two today so Israeli settlers could run a marathon. For seven hours, from 6am to 1pm, Israeli forces shut down the Palestinians' main north-south road in order to facilitate the 'Bible Marathon', a race that cut east across the West Bank and finished at Shilo settlement.

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Racial supremacy in anti-racist movements

Refugees of the fighting in the Central African Republic observe Rwandan soldiers being dropped off at Bangui M'Poko International Airport in the Central African Republic"Okay then, so where exactly are you from originally?"

From my accent, it's obvious that I'm born and bred in Britain. People can also tell just by looking at me that I haven't lived anywhere outside my home city that is my beautiful London. To some, my Semitic features stand out, but most can tell that although I'm "white", I don't have the "normal" Anglo-Saxon features; not enough to identify my racial background, though. So when I tell them that my ancestral roots are Palestinian, I get mixed reactions. One of many is being told that the struggle of my native country is something people can relate to; that makes me smile, although I can't help but feel a little guilty at times.

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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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The students juggling drugs, books and resistance in Gaza

Palestinian students at graduation ceremony, University in Birzeit, West Bank

No matter how pessimistic the prospects may seem to Palestinians, parents in Palestine refuse to give up on educating their children. Education is valued as a step to resisting Israel's brutal occupation, in addition to being an important tradition for generations. In Gaza, 93% of children are in primary education. The average enrolment rate drops to 67% at secondary level, with around a 75% enrolment rate for girls and a 59% enrolment rate for boys (many are sent to work earlier to support their families). Even after the last attack on Gaza in the summer of 2014, over half a million children bravely returned to their schools which were scarred with the marks of war.

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