Red carpet but no cinema as Gaza film festival forced outdoors | AFP

In the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, without a cinema for 30 years, a few hundred walk the red carpet to a rare film screening — held on the street. The opening of the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival on Wednesday evening had been expected to take place inside the Amer Cinema, which has been abandoned for three decades.

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Israel strikes Gaza in response to rocket fire: army | AFP

Explosions are seen following an Israel air strike on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Israel struck a series of military targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rockets fired from the Palestinian enclave, the Israeli army said. IMAGES

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In new pro-Israel shift, US no longer calls settlements illegal | AFP Extrait

The United States no longer believes that Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories are illegal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says in the latest pro-Israel shift by Washington. SONOREN°1MD6IJ

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US softens position on Israeli settlements

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood. (Nov. 18)

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Israel’s Iron Dome missile shield | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Iron Dome defence system. Israel’s military killed a commander from Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, prompting a retaliatory barrage of almost 200 rockets fired into Israel.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander

The Israeli military says it has killed an Islamic Jihad commander in an airstrike. The Islamic Jihad confirms it. A short time later, video from southern Israel showed Israeli defenses possibly intercepting Palestinian rocket fire. (Nov. 12)

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Israel kills Palestinian militant commander in Gaza strike | AFP

Israel’s military killed a commander for Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, officials said, prompting retaliatory rocket fire. IMAGES from Gaza Strip

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Palestinian farmers rush to harvest their olive trees across Israel separation barrier | AFP

Early every morning, a group of Palestinians farmers from the occupied West Bank, hurry to harvest olives from their lands which currently lie on the Israeli side of the controversial separation barrier, after having crossed the Beit Awwa checkpoint by special permission from the Israeli army. Israel started the construction of its controversial separation barrier in 2002 during the second Palestinian Intifada (uprising).

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Demolished Palestinian house becomes conflict symbol | AFP

The piles of rubble that Latifa Naji used to call home have become an unlikely symbol in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The two-storey cement home in the Al-Amari refugee camp in the occupied West Bank has been demolished by the Israeli army four times, most recently this month, as punishment for attacks carried out by the 71-year-old’s sons. For Palestinians the desire to keep rebuilding symbolises an ability to withstand Israeli collective punishment and a refusal to be forced from their homes.

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Today in History for September 16th

Highlights of this day in history: Vietnam War deserters and draft evaders receive conditional amnesty; Palestinian refugees massacred in Lebanon; Mexico pushes for independence; Opera star Maria Callas dies; Blues great B.B. King born. (Sept. 16)

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