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Why the watermelon has become a Palestinian symbol of ‘defiance’

Key Points At pro-Palestinian rallies in Australia and around the world, protesters have held signs and flags with watermelons. The fruit shares the colours of the Palestinian flag, but experts say it symbolises a lot more. Melbourne artist Aseel Tayah told SBS signs and art bearing watermelons were a “symbol of surviving and resistance”. Watermelons

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Prisoner-for-hostage swaps shine light on incarcerated Palestinian minors

JERUSALEM —  As he waited for word on whether his 14-year-old son, Ahmad, would be released in the prisoner-for-hostage exchanges between Israel and Hamas, Nawaf Salaymah entered an East Jerusalem courtroom earlier this week and tried to put another son, Ayham, 13, behind bars. “I don’t want another postponement,” Salaymah said. “If Ayham goes in now,

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Hamas reports 109 Palestinian deaths since expiration of truce

Hamas has reported 109 deaths since the expiration of the Israel-Hamas truce, and resumption of fighting in Gaza. Israeli fighter jets hit targets in Gaza on Friday shortly after the weeklong truce expired, resuming the war in full force. 100 hostages and 250 prisoners were released as part of the exchange that both sides negotiated

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