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TOP STORIES THIS WEEK

Palestine: 1947 escape from British prison exposed as inside job (The Guardian)

"The storming of Acre prison has been credited as a critical event that led to the British decision to end what was increasingly viewed as an onerous mandate in Palestine. Until now, details of how the highly sophisticated operation was so successful had remained elusive."

"Menachem Begin, who led the Zionist Irgun paramilitary that claimed responsibility for the prison break, described it as the most important attack to have a “disintegrating effect on the [British] government’s prestige”. Begin later became Israel’s prime minister."

Video shows Israeli soldier kneeling on protester's neck (Al Jazeera)

"Footage circulating on Tuesday shows an Israeli soldier pushing Khairi Hannoun, a 65-year-old Palestinian protester, to the ground as other troops raise their rifles and shout at a group of news photographers to back away."

"The soldier then wrestled Hannoun to the ground and kneeled on his neck and back while putting him in handcuffs."

"The US protests were sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody after a white officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes as he cried out that he could not breathe."
UN: Israel Must Immediately Allow Entry of Fuel and Other Essential Items into Gaza; Hamas Must End Actions Risking Further Destabilization (United Nations)

Statement by Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick:

"In the context of this rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation, I call on Israel to immediately allow the resumption of fuel into the Gaza Strip, in line with its obligations as an occupying power, to ensure that the basic needs of people are met and to prevent a collapse of basic services."

"I call on the Hamas authorities to cease and prevent the launching of incendiary balloons, rockets and other actions that risk further destabilizing the situation."

Two-state solution needed for Palestine, Qatar emir tells Kushner (Al Jazeera)

"Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has told White House adviser Jared Kushner that Doha supports a two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, to end the conflict with Israel."

"Sheikh Tamim told Kushner that Qatar remained committed to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, in which Arab nations offered Israel normalised ties in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territory captured in the 1967 Middle East War."

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