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Israelis opposed to Gaza air strikes face violence, intimidation


It’s never easy time be an Israeli opposed to the country’s policies in the Palestinian Territories. But after a week of escalating IDF attacks, with Israel carrying out air strikes on Gaza and Palestinian militants firing rockets into Israel, Israeli activists are ramping up demonstrations to decry the violence – on both sides. And they are facing increasingly violent and agressive opposition.  During their latest protest on Saturday, they were attacked by an angry mob. Read more...
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Photo shows Israelis watching Gaza air strikes 'like it was cinema'


Relaxed on deck chairs, popcorn in hand, a group of Israelis sit down for the evening to watch Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza. For our Observer who took the photo, the scene reveals a lack of empathy until then "never seen before". Read more...
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Air raids on Gaza: "There are no warning sirens or shelters here"


The Israeli army launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Monday. Named 'Operation Protective Edge', the Israeli Defence Forces say it is a counter-terrorism operation against Hamas and other militants. But unarmed civilians seem to be the ones suffering the consequences. Our Observer in Gaza told us about the panic sweeping across the region...
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How Tel Aviv residents take cover from rockets


Since Tuesday, the Israeli city of Tel Aviv has been the target of rocket fire from Gaza for the first time since November 2012. While the scream of sirens and the deafening noise of explosions have both surprised and scared residents, our Observer says that people know how to protect themselves. Read more...

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Israeli police beat up handcuffed protester in East Jerusalem


Videos have emerged showing a handcuffed and limp protester being beaten up by two Israeli police officers in an alley. The scene, shot from two different angles by people filming from their windows, took place Thursday evening in Shuafat, a neighbourhood in East Jerusalem that’s been under high tension since the murder of a Palestinian teenager. Read more...
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Police arrest hundreds of African migrants trying to flee Israel


Several hundred African asylum-seekers, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, were brutally arrested by Israeli authorities on Sunday evening after attempting to cross the border into Egypt. These men had walked out of their detention facility in Israel’s Negev desert, hoping that if they made it across the border, the United Nations might come to their aid. Our Observer, who witnessed the arrests, was shocked by the violence of the authorities’ intervention. Read more...
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Videos appear to show Israeli soldiers shoot live bullets at protesters

 
Two young Palestinian protesters were killed and two more were wounded during clashes with the Israeli soldiers on May 15 in Beituna, a town near Ramallah. While the Israeli army denied having used lethal weapons, surveillance videos have emerged showing the protesters shot by what appears to be live bullets. Read more...

'Forced' to sleep outside at Israel detention centre, migrants claim

Photos and videos taken at the Holot detention centre, in the middle of Israel’s Negev desert, show hundreds of African migrants protesting in the yard on Tuesday night. They were angered that nine new arrivals were forced to sleep outside due to overcrowding, they said. Read more…

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Video: Israeli soldiers accused of 'collusion' in settler violence

 
Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank are being accused of complicity in an attack by settlers on a Palestinian village. In a video posted online, soldiers appear to stand idly by while masked settlers throw stones at the homes below. Read more...
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