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Palestinians condemn Israeli plans to annex West Bank

Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have denounced Israeli plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, saying it represented “an end to the remnants of the peace process” and would “lead to more Palestinian resistance”. On Sunday, about 1,500 members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s Likud party voted  unanimously to impose Israeli sovereignty over “Judea and Samaria”, referring to the Israeli name for the occupied Palestinian territory. The non-binding resolution also called for the unlimited construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank, land that Palestinians want for a future state. “Likud’s decision to impose Israeli control over the occupied...

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How mainstream media gets Palestine wrong

Israeli forces detain Fawzi al-Juniadi during a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron on December 7 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images] The photo of 16-year-old Fawzi al-Junaidi blindfolded, bruised and surrounded by a dozen Israeli soldiers went viral on social media. It was touted as the emblem of Israeli oppression. But for Western mainstream media, it was difficult to accommodate this photo, amid all the talk about “anger”, “rage”, “violence”, and the regularly recycled imagery of burning tyres and young men with hidden faces hurling stones. Fawzi’s arrest was presented as a singular case, an exception, and what...

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Al Jazeera’s must-see documentaries of 2017

Al Jazeera has released dozens of documentaries in the last 12 months, many of them award-winning. So we’ve compiled a list of our must-see documentaries of 2017, covering some of the year’s major news events. From the battle in the Philippines to take back Marawi from ISIL, to the showmanship of US president Donald Trump, these are seven Al Jazeera documentaries you cannot miss.  The Boy Who Started the Syrian War Mouawiya Syasneh was just 14 when he sprayed anti-government slogans on his school wall in Deraa, Syria. It was February 2011, and he could never have imagined that such a...

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Ebola Survivors May Develop Immunity to the Disease

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The immune systems of people who survived the first Ebola outbreak 40 years ago appear to be protecting them against future infection with the deadly virus, a new study finds. The discovery could help in efforts to develop vaccines and drugs to treat Ebola, according to the researchers. “With the number and frequency of Ebola outbreaks increasing over time, the need to find effective measures to combat and prevent outbreaks is critical,” study lead author Anne Rimoin said in a news release from the University of California, Los Angeles. She’s an associate professor of epidemiology at UCLA’s School of Public Health. “Unimaginable death tolls and devastation to families and communities have occurred as a result of Ebola,” she noted. Death rates among people infected with Ebola range from 25 percent to 90 percent. Ebola has been recognized since 1976, and has become infamous for its gruesome lethality — in some cases, causing patients to hemorrhage internally and externally. For the study, the researchers collected blood samples and compiled other health data from 14 people who survived the 1976 outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The survivors still lived in the same small, remote villages in the northwestern part of the country. It’s the first time that the effects of Ebola infection have been studied four decades later, and the first...

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Palestine slams Israeli plan for new settlement units

Israel’s construction minister announced plans for the building of 300,000 settlement housing units in occupied East Jerusalem [File: EPA] The Palestinian foreign ministry has denounced a new Israeli settlement construction plan, which includes the building of 300,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. In a statement on its Facebook page, the ministry on Sunday held US President Donald Trump responsible for “Israeli arrogance” that has endorsed the annexation of East Jerusalem. “The ministry affirms that this Israeli colonial arrogance would not have happened without US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” the statement read. “Trump’s...

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