Olympic Training Under Apartheid; Palestinian Swimmer Prepares for Rio

A young swimmer plans to represent Palestine at the Olympics. Let’s hope she makes it to Rio. I guess it all depends on whether the Israelis decide to arrest her for “incitement” between now and August 5.

After posting this, I came across another video of a Palestinian athlete–a runner–who also hopes to make it to Rio…

Israeli Court Sentences Palestinian Journalist to 6 Months in Prison for ‘Incitement’

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Palestinian journalist Samah Dweik

[ Ed. note – Praise the Lord for women of courage. In the photo above, Palestinian journalist Samah Dweik looks rather defiant and unrepentant as she is hauled off to jail for “incitement.” Apparently such laws apply only to Palestinians. In addition to the story below about Dweik, you might be interested in recent comments by Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog, who believes the country is caught up in “growing hatred and racism” which he says is encouraged by right-wing politicians.

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Profanation of the Dead: ‘Waiting is the Worst Part,’ Says Palestinian Father

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[Ed. note – This issue of Israelis withholding the bodies of slain Palestinians is one I have covered in several previous posts, but the article below makes mention of some things I had not formerly been aware of, including the return of bodies that have been held for extended periods of time and the state of the corpses when they arrive into the hands of grieving families.

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Downing Street Protest Against Israel, Held Saturday, July 8

Londoners refusing to remain quiet in the face of Israeli war crimes and occupation. The protest is taking place on the second anniversary of the Israeli assault upon Gaza known as “Operation Protective Edge.” The 51-day attack, which began on July 8, 2014, resulted in the deaths of more than 2,100 Palestinians, including 448 children.

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Palestinian Leadership Slams Quartet Report

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[Ed. note – The British newspaper The Independent (hat tip Blake) has published a report underscoring what we pretty much already knew: that Israel had engaged in heavy lobbying of Quartet members in order to water down the report just issued. Here are a few key quotes from the story:

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