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Palestinian Activists Seek New Strategies to Confront Israel

Palestinian activists look for alternatives to international law to hold Israel accountable for its settlement policies.
A Palestinian refugee knocks on the closed gate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters with his walking stick, during a protest demanding UNRWA to resume aid for refugees in Gaza City April 8, 2013. The main U.N. humanitarian agency for Palestinians closed all of its relief and distribution centres in Gaza after protesters stormed its headquarters on Thursday demanding it to reverse a decision to cut annual cash handouts of $40 for the poorest beneficiaries. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

RAMALLAH — June 5 will mark the 46th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem following the 1967 war.

After decades of Israeli colonialism, settlement expansion and land confiscation, Israel’s hold on the Palestinian territories appears ironclad. One of the country’s most right-wing and pro-settler governments is at the helm, the so-called “peace process” negotiations have been stalled for years and Israeli settlements continue to swallow up more Palestinian land.

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