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The Israel Method? Actually That’s a Euphemism.

What do all these French pundits calling for “Israeli Methods” against terrorism really want? Reading between the lines, Sylvain Cypel in Orient XXI sees nostalgia for the good old days of the savage violence of the colonial era.

The July 14 attack in Nice that took the lives of 86 people and injured another 434 naturally raises questions about preventing such appalling events.

Techniques for Post-Mortem Punishment: an Israeli Guidebook

Israeli soldiers have shot to death dozens of young Palestinians in the occupied cities of the West Bank and Jerusalem in recent months, many of them after they tried to attack soldiers or settlers with knives. After they are killed, Majd Kayyal writes, the punishment continues for their families; the bodies are kept in Israeli freezers for ambiguous and unexplained months, until they are abruptly delivered: frozen, blackened blocks of ice, after midnight, often to graveyards far from home.

More than 200 Palestinians have been martyred since Oct 1 of last year, a quarter of them children not even in their teens.

Techniques for Post-Mortem Punishment: an Israeli Guidebook

Israeli soldiers have shot to death dozens of young Palestinians in the occupied cities of the West Bank and Jerusalem in recent months, many of them after they tried to attack soldiers or settlers with knives. After they are killed, Majd Kayyal writes, the punishment continues for their families; the bodies are kept in Israeli freezers for ambiguous and unexplained months, until they are abruptly delivered: frozen, blackened blocks of ice, after midnight, often to graveyards far from home.

More than 200 Palestinians have been martyred since Oct 1 of last year, a quarter of them children not even in their teens.

A Global City, Emptied of Inconvenient Reality

Behind the violence shaking occupied Jerusalem, writes Haneen Naamnih in Al Safir Al Arabi, is a vast colonial enterprise slowly remaking the city.

In 2013, Jerusalem hosted an exhibition show of Formula One car racing, transforming itself into a gigantic racetrack that attracted thousands of people eager to watch the thrilling event.

The Women Behind the Block the Boat Movement

American media are remaining predictably silent on an important new front in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. But the repeated blockades of cargo ships from Israel’s Zim line, which began with a four-day action in August during the heated aftermath of Israel’s latest armed assault on Gaza appear to be doing damage to the firm as well as giving new energy to the BDS movement, writes Daikha Dridi in Al-Huffington Post Algeria.

Behind the success of the California-based Block the Boat campaign are a multitude of activists, and two exceptional women in particular.

Palestine, Wounded and Proud

The latest round in Israel’s eternal war against Palestinian civilians seems to have ended in the usual fashion, with many dead, and with both sides enjoying new heights of public support. Lost as usual among the photographs of death and columns of smoke, writes Francoise Feugas, was a sense of the humanity of the people beneath the bombs. For that, she says, few photographers can match the lifelong work of Joss Dray. Images of the Palestinians, from Orient XXI:

Gaza is once more being bombarded. But the image that we are assailed with today, of a civilian population under siege, terrorized and at the mercy of violent Israeli military attacks, is not the one we find in the archives of Joss Dray.

Welcome to Hotel Hebron: Check Out Anytime You Like

In 1968, a half-dozen tourists check into a hotel in downtown Hebron: they never leave. Rue 89’s reporter visits this city of 200,000 Palestinians in the West Bank, where a few hundred unwanted American guests now occupy the downtown, endlessly repeating that “Hebron is a Jewish city,” a place where the surreal is the everyday.

Imagine this: one fine day, a rich investor knocks on your door, all smiles, and offers to buy your house. For how much? A million dollars for the land and the building.

Travel Like a Palestinian

On a train ride in Europe, boisterous seatmates provoke this introspective reflection on travel by a Palestinian writer.

Crunch...crunch...crunch... The sound of potato chips as the guy in the neighboring seat chomps them with his new acquaintance, sitting on the other side. He has picked her to pass the long journey with, striking up a conversation right away.

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