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April 27, 2014
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acknowledges that the Holocaust was heinous, which is a big deal because Holocaust denialism is a somewhat common thing in the Middle East. (Though that said, some have disputed this perception.) 
Back in the ’80s, Abbas himself wrote a book that some consider a piece of Holocaust denialism. 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acknowledges that the Holocaust was heinous, which is a big deal because Holocaust denialism is a somewhat common thing in the Middle East. (Though that said, some have disputed this perception.) 

Back in the ’80s, Abbas himself wrote a book that some consider a piece of Holocaust denialism. 

12:18 // 2 months ago
November 25, 2012

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Palestinian children return to school for the first time since Israel’s latest attack on Gaza but not all students made it back. Sarah Al-Dalou had to be excused from class as she — along with 9 other members of her family and 2 neighbors [graphic] — were killed by an Israeli airstrike when F-16 fighter jets reduced their house in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza to rubble.

A sign now occupies her seat instead, calling her a ‘martyr’. She is one of over 30 children killed by the Israeli Army during their week-long assault on the blockaded coastal enclave, with 161 Palestinians dead in total.

(Photo source: @mohammednazmi)

Bottom photo: Palestinian children return to school in January 2009 after Israel’s massacre in Gaza, named ‘Operation Cast Lead’, when over 300 children were killed by the Israeli Army, and 1,400 Palestinians in all.

Signs replaced the once-occupied seats at al-Fakhura School in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza; names of victims written under the word in red: ‘Martyr’, 24 January, 2009.

(Photo credit: Anja Niedringhaus / AP)

It’s incredibly difficult to try to see from the perspective of these children — sitting in class with just placards beside them, where friends used to be.

15:26 // 1 year ago
July 4, 2012

Eight years after his death, Yasser Arafat’s body may be exhumed

  • before In 2004, PLO leader Yasser Arafat died under bizarre circumstances, falling ill while under effective house arrest. Despite this, his wife would not allow for an autopsy to take place.
  • then Recently, Swiss researchers analyzed Arafat’s clothing, which had been in storage since his death, and found high levels of the radioactive isotope polonium; was he poisoned?
  • nowArafat’s wife, Suha, has now changed her tune, requesting an autopsy. Arafat’s body would have to be exhumed, which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to allow. source

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10:33 // 2 years ago
January 9, 2011
Hotel Shepherd demolished – along with the Israeli peace process?: Thought of the day – tearing down a hotel in Jerusalem with any sort of sentimental value to Palestinians is probably a very bad idea that might hurt the ongoing peace process. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Hotel Shepherd demolished – along with the Israeli peace process?: Thought of the day – tearing down a hotel in Jerusalem with any sort of sentimental value to Palestinians is probably a very bad idea that might hurt the ongoing peace process. source

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20:36 // 3 years ago