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House demolition in Silwan leaves bride and groom homeless

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12 June 2012

A demolition in Silwan has left Sameh Idris, aged 26, without a house to live in after his wedding. Mr Idris, who has been building the house for several years, had planned to move in with his new wife after their wedding in September.

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Palestinian Hunger Strikers close to death

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12 June 2012

On 17 April 2012, Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons declared a mass hunger strike to demand an end to administrative detention, isolation and other punitive measures taken against Palestinian prisoners. War on Want supports the demands of the hunger strikers, and joins thousands of individuals and organisations around the globe in calling for the immediate release of all Palestinian political prisoners held illegally in Israeli prisons.

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"Enchanted Jerusalem" tour sparks anger in Silwan

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08 June 2012

4 million Isreali shekels to improve the "Enchanted Jerusalem" tour while local Palestinian residents face imminent evicition
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War on Want supports the ‘Take the Flour Back’ campaign and the right to protest

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27 May 2012

Hundreds of anti-GM protesters gathered to express their opposition to the genetic modified wheat research at Rothamsted today. War on Want joined the call from the Take the Flour Back to stop the development of genetic modified seeds.

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David Cameron is unfit to chair the UN development panel – and here's why

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24 May 2012

The British PM's record suggests he could hardly be more ill-equipped to devise the post-2015 development agenda

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Gold miners seek justice at the Royal Court of Justice

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11 May 2012

Today, 1,200 ex-miners suffering from the deadly disease, silicosis, are seeking justice at the Royal Court of Justice. The court will hear whether ex-workers will be able to take legal action against the mining company Anglo American plc in the English courts. War on Want is supporting the call of the South African National Union of Mineworkers for compensation, treatment, screening and support for sick workers from Anglo American plc.

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Campaign success! Government promises action on supermarket bullying

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09 May 2012

After years of campaigning by activists across the UK the government has finally promised to act to curb supermarket bullying by introducing a supermarket watchdog.

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Seven new demolition orders in al-Bustan, Silwan

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03 May 2012

Seven new demolition orders have been issued in the Palestinian town of Silwan. Israeli officials, accompanied by soldiers, sealed off part of Silwan's al-Bustan neighbourhood on Tuesday while they issued the demolition orders to several homes and businesses. Residents have been given 30 days to appeal.

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Thirteen arrested in Silwan; Relatives beaten at court house

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03 May 2012

13 people have been arrested in the Palestinian town of Silwan, five of them children. In an escalation of violence, the Israeli army violently attacked relatives as they waited for news of their loved ones at the court house, leaving one Palestinian man in hospital.
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Forced evictions in East Jerusalem leave 67 homeless in a week

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27 April 2012

67 people, over half of them children, have been forcibly displaced by the Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem this week. The evictions come at a tense time for East Jerusalem, as the Jerusalem municipality announced plans earlier this year to redevelop large areas around the Old City. The planned developments, designed to make way for National Parks and housing units for Israelis, would wipe out some existing Palestinian neighbourhoods.

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New Evictions in East Jerusalem

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19 April 2012

Yesterday the Natsheh family were evicted from their home in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, leaving the 11 members of the family homeless. The eviction took place just hours before the property was taken over by settlers, marking the first settlement of the previously all-Palestinian neighbourhood. Further evictions are threatened in Beit Hanina and neighbouring Sheik Jarrah.

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Silwan Activist released from House Arrest

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13 April 2012

"We will keep dreaming to die in our houses": Jawad Siyam, a leading community activist in Silwan and director of Silwan's two community centres, remains defiant despite spending the months under house arrest.

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Sweatshop workers fight against garment company

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02 April 2012

Honduran women workers, organised within the Honduran Women’s Collective (CODEMUH) and War on Want took the Honduran streets last Friday to protest against US Company Hanesbrands Inc. The protest follows the company's decision to sack several female workers with serious work-related diseases.

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Food Sovereignty Day: Reclaiming our food system

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05 March 2012

The present food system is clearly unsustainable. A number of extremely powerful corporations have transformed the production and distribution of food into a money-making activity under the blind eye of governments and international institutions.

In this short film War on Want presents the views of our partners from La Vía Campesina, on how an alternative food system can be developed under the principles of food sovereignty.

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Private military & security contractors: a culture of impunity

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28 February 2012

War on Want today launched its campaign for tougher legal regulation of Private Military & Security Companies, criticising current attempts at regulation for showing 'no real determination to deter or punish human rights violations'.

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