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Keep up to date with the main news, events and developments on Palestine domestically and internationally as our struggle for independence, statehood and self-determination continues.
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This week: Remembering the Palestinian Declaration of Independence.
On November 15th every year, Palestinians celebrate and remember the day that Independence was announced by Yasser Arafat.  The historic occasion was marked with the reading of a poem by Mahmoud Darwish, which stated 

"The Palestine National Council, in the name of God, and in the name of the Palestinian Arab people, hereby proclaims the establishment of the State of Palestine on our Palestinian territory with its capital Jerusalem (Al-Quds Ash-Sharif)."

PLO holds Israel fully responsible for escalation in Gaza
The Palestine Liberation Organization has held Israel fully responsible for what it described as the dangerous escalation in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to a statement by the Department of Public Diplomacy and Policy.
"Israel bears full responsibility for the grave escalation it instigated in the Gaza Strip and the wanton destruction and terror it has caused,” it said.

Read the full statement here.

Read: Eyewitness Blog from the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel

Volunteers from the EAPPI regularly carry out what's known as the "school run", where they accompany children to school along roads busy with settlers and soldiers.  Read how the occupation infringes on a child's right to an education, and the difficulties Palestinian parents face in getting their children safely to school.
Banksy's Art Shows Destruction of Separation Wall by 2 Angels

Renowned artist Banksy has created a new image as part of a campaign to increase Palestinian tourism.  It shows his trademark cherubs prying the wall apart. 

He publicised the 
trade fair on his Instagram with the following comment 
"Opening my first ever stall at a trade fair next week. I’ve painted a replica separation barrier to promote the Walled Off Hotel."

The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem is beautifully appointed, with rooms customised by  artists Banksy, Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin.  It is also uniquely placed against the separation wall, with the beauty of the rooms providing a juxtaposition against the harshness of the stark backdrop of a military installation.

The quirky hotel also features a gallery and museum. Click here to have a look through their site.
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Read: Violence Escalates Following Botched Israeli Raid in Gaza

Schools were closed across Gaza this week as tensions along the Israel/Palestine border soared following a botched raid in Khan Younis by Israeli forces.  Al Aqsa television headquarters was destroyed, as were several residential buildings.  6 Palestinians were killed and 20 others injured as rocket fire was exchanged through the night.  See the aftermath here.
Gig for Gaza Kids

Siptu have organised a night of music in aid of the Middle east Children's Alliance, and in support of the Occupied Territories Bill which is currently making it's way through the Oireachtas.  Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
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