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Bombing Homes in Gaza: "It was supposed to be their shelter"Samer Badawi - +972 "“Even if the Israeli cabinet thought this policy would bring an end to attacks on Israeli communities, it should not have implemented it because of its foreseeable, horrifying consequences as well as because of the black flag of illegality flying over it.” Of course, B’Tselem’s report coincides with the recent Palestinian decision to sign the Rome Statute, a precondition for leveling war crimes charges against Israeli leaders at the International Criminal Court. B’Tselem, though, stops short of naming Israel’s actions “crimes” under international humanitarian law, or IHL. It concludes instead that, “at least in some cases, the military’s actions ran contrary to IHL provisions and, in other cases, there is grave concern that they did so.” ca30/1/2015
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Gaza 2014 : No safe placePhysicians for Human Rights - the report was written following a request by Physicians for Human Rights–Israel (PHR-IL) in order to determine the scope of destruction in body and spirit. It is the only report written by an independent international body granted a permit from Israeli authorities to enter the Gaza Strip during the war.-rh 29/1/2015
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Five Palestinians Kidnapped In Hebron, Many InjuredSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "The latest arrests in Beit Ummar raise the number of Palestinians kidnapped by the army since the beginning of this month to 38, including 17 children" [ry]26/1/2015
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Today in Palestine for January 23, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn25/1/2015
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80 Cartoon Artists Push Israel Boycott MeasureJTA--Dozens of comics artists signed a letter calling for a boycott against any Israeli entity that does not “promote freedom and justice for Palestinians.” The open letter, cosigned by more than 80 individuals involved in producing comics, was sent out Wednesday to the organizers of an international festival for comics artists scheduled to open next week in France, and which is cosponsored by the Israeli company Sodastream. dn25/1/2015
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One family, three dead, three maimed: `Black Friday` in GazaElior Levy--The al-Namlah family fled the intense fighting that followed Hamas` truce violation and abduction of an IDF soldier during the summer war, but they did not get far enough. dn25/1/2015
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Health Condition of Palestinian Detainees in Israeli Prison Severally DeterioratingWAFA--RAMALLAH, January 24, 2015 (WAFA) – Several Palestinian detainees in the Israeli prison of Nafha have been recently evacuated to Israeli hospitals after their health condition deteriorated due to deliberate medical negligence by the prison administration, said Detainees and ex-Detainees Affairs Committee. dn25/1/2015
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Soldiers traumatized by Gaza war forced to cope on their own Naomi Darom and Tal Laor--Only after they came home from last summer`s operation in Gaza did reservists in an infantry battalion realize they were suffering psychological problems. But the army did little to answer their pleas for help. dn25/1/2015
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Israel ignoring deaths of Thai workers on farms, Human Rights Watch says Mark Anderson--Pressure group calls on Israel to enforce labour laws after Thai workers tell of 17-hour days and being treated ‘like slaves’ dn25/1/2015
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What the Media Left OutIf Americans Knew--Dear Friends, We`ve produced a response to the slanted media coverage on the recent Tel Aviv stabbings that contains statistics and facts that we think you may wish to share with others. Click here to read the article on our website, which also includes charts illustrating the disparity in deaths and injuries between Israelis and Palestinians. dn 25/1/2015
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UN agency criticises Israel for razing Palestinian homeAFP - Al Jazeera - Office for Humanitarian Affairs accuses Israel of demolishing 77 Palestinians` homes in the West Bank just this week. During 2014 Israel carried out a record number of demolitions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. [bz]24/1/2015
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Israeli Arab Political Factions Join Forces to Keep Place in ParliamentJODI RUDORENJAN--JERUSALEM — Facing an increased electoral threshold that threatens to bar small parties from Parliament, Israel’s Arab political factions announced on Friday the formation of a single ticket for the March elections. dn24/1/2015
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Gaza Health Attack : No Safe PlacePhysicians for Human Rights - Full Report - In July 2014, following discussions with Al-Mezan, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) commissioned a fact-finding mission (hereafter ‘FFM’) to Gaza, whose aim was to gather evidence and draw preliminary conclusions regarding types, causes and patterns of injuries and attacks; attacks on medical teams and facilities; evacuation; impact of the conflict on the healthcare system; and longer-term issues including rehabilitation of the wounded, mental health, public health and displacement.-rh21/1/2015
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Military steps up use of live 0.22 inch bullets against Palestinian stone-throwersB’Tselem - West Bank military commander recently confirmed shift to use of live fire instead of crowd control weapons [ry]19/1/2015
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Interactive: Anatomy of a Gaza smuggling tunnel Megan O`Toole and Konstantinos Antonopoulos - AlJazeera - As Egypt destroys tunnels linking the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula, Al Jazeera examines the economic impact [ry]19/1/2015
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Arab cartoonists pen their response to Charlie Hebdo affairIan Black--Leading caricaturists across the Middle East question the meaning of free speech while attacking Israel and Arab leaders. dn18/1/2015
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Today in Palestine for January 16, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn18/1/2015
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U.S. Consulate desegregates security staff, Israeli guards quit in protestMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man--Unnamed Israeli guards working for the American consulate in Jerusalem say it is irresponsible for the U.S. to train its Palestinian guards in tactical driving, weapons use, accuse it of ‘raising a Palestinian militia,’ Ynet reports. dn17/1/2015
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Facing expulsion - How can you weather the storm when you’re barred from building a home?B’Tselem - "Although there has been a Palestinian village in the area since the nineteenth century, the Israeli military displaced the residents from the original site of the village, declaring it an archeological site, and does not allow construction whatsoever in the present location. The military has issued demolition orders even for tents and temporary structures" [ry]12/1/2015
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Report: Israel punishing Palestinian prisoners by keeping them exposed in frigid weatherCeline Hagbard - IMEMC News - "The Palestinian Prisoner Society filed an appeal with the Israeli High Court Saturday calling on Israeli authorities to provide adequate clothing and covers for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prison camps, as many of the prisoners are held in outdoor camps with no heat, in the midst of a severe winter storm. The appeal also included reports that the placement in outdoor cages was being used by Israeli interrogators as a form of torture" [ry]12/1/2015
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Today in Palestine for January 9, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt.11/1/2015
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The Holocaust film that was too shocking to showPeter Bradshaw’s review of Night Will Fall--In 1945, overseen by Alfred Hitchcock, a crack team of British film-makers went to Germany to document the horror of the concentration camps. Despite being hailed as a masterpiece, the film was never shown. Now, in a documentary called Night Will Fall, the full story of its creation and suppression is being told dn11/1/2015
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Muslim supermarket worker Lassana Bathily saved six shoppers lives. Rachel Cadars--While a radical Islamist was carrying out a shooting spree and taking hostages at a kosher supermarket in a Paris suburb on Friday, another Muslim, Lassana Bathily from Mali, who worked at the store, was saving the lives of shoppers and helping them hide in a supermarket freezer. dn11/1/2015
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A week of occupation in photosChristian Peacemaker Teams - A Palestinian boy covers his ears as an Israeli border policeman fires rubber bullets into a crowd of teenage boys in the Qitoun neighborhood during clashes at school time. Rubber bullets were fired by Israeli forces on two days as children went to school in December.-rh7/1/2015
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Are Israelis ready for a confederated two-state solution?Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 - A +972 poll puts the details of one such plan to the Israeli public, and finds that a majority supports the general approach [ry]5/1/2015
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Palestinians submit ICC membership bid documentsBBC--The Palestinians have submitted the documents necessary to apply to join the International Criminal Court, the last stage in their bid for membership. Joining the organisation could see the Palestinians pursue Israel on war crimes charges.dn 4/1/2015
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Today in Palestine for January 2, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt.4/1/2015
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Israel Plans To Target Top Palestinian Leaders for `War Crimes`Reuters--Jerusalem — Israel is looking at ways to prosecute senior Palestinians for war crimes in the United States and elsewhere in response to Palestinian steps to join the International Criminal Court, an Israeli official said on Saturday. dn4/1/2015
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U.S. Twists Arms to Help Defeat Resolution on PalestineThalif Deen--UNITED NATIONS (IPS) – The United States re-asserted its political and economic clout – and its ability to twist arms and perhaps metaphorically break kneecaps – when it successfully lobbied to help defeat a crucial Security Council resolution on the future of Palestine this week.dn4/1/2015
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Abbas asks ICC to probe `Israeli war crimes` since June `14, Palestinian source saysAmira Hass--The International Criminal Court would consider the period since the day three Israeli teens were kidnapped and killed in the West Bank, which includes the Gaza war. dn4/1/2015
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B`Tselem: "Israel Demolished 188 Homes In 2014"Saed Bannoura - IMEMC "B’Tselem said that, faced by the absence of legal means that enables them to construct homes and other facilities, the Palestinians have no choice but to build without construction permits, and in turn; the Israeli Authorities demolish a large number of the constructed buildings...It added that Israel demolished 47 homes in occupied Jerusalem alone, rendering homeless 167 persons, including 77 children." ca 2/1/2015
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Newsletter - December 2014Military Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 30 November 2014, there were 5,527 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza) held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities including 156 children. In the case of children this represents a decrease of 4 per cent compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 4 per cent compared with 2013. According to the IPS, 48 per cent of Palestinian children and 90 per cent of adults continue to be detained in facilities inside Israel, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh 1/1/2015
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How the children looked being shot by sponge bulletsIdan Landau - Mondoweiss - Last week,police shot Muhammad Jamal Ubeid when he stood outside his home in Issawiyah in “East Jerusalem”. A sponge bullet for demonstration dispersal hit him under his eye. Ubeid is 5 years old. This is how he looks.-rh 1/1/2015
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Ferwana: “6059 Palestinians Kidnapped By The Army in 2014”IMEMC News - “… the arrests carried out by the army targeted all sectors of Palestinian society, with a dangerous escalation in the abduction and imprisonment of children. ‘There hasn’t been a single day that did not witness the abduction of Palestinians,’ Ferwana said. ‘On average, the army has kidnapped 505 Palestinians each month; approximately 17 a day’” [ry]29/12/2014
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Today in Palestine for December 26, 2014Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn28/12/2014
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Banning Dissent in the Name of CivilityChris Hedges - Nation of Change - I spent seven years in the Middle East as a foreign correspondent, five of them as the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times. I speak Arabic. I was frequently in Gaza and lived for two years in Jerusalem. What frightens the Israel lobby is not my critique, but my expertise. It is impossible to spew out the usual Israeli propaganda, half-truths, distortions and lies—as retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz once tried to do when he and I appeared at a Columbia University event—to someone who has spent years in the Middle East reporting on the conflict. What the Israel lobby fears most are facts.-rh 24/12/2014
Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Qalandya Refugee Camp, North of Occupied JerusalemPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - In excessive use of force, on Tuesday early morning, 16 December 2014, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Qalandya refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. The aforementioned civilian was killed when Israeli forces moved into the said refugee camp to arrest Palestinians. A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers to stop arrests. As a result, a civilian was wounded as he was standing on the roof of his family`s house in Antar quarter in the north of the refugee camp.-rh17/12/2014
Today in Palestine for December 12, 2014Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn14/12/2014
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`5 Cameras` Filmmaker Struggles To Get Funding Yael Even Or--Israeli documentary filmmaker Guy Davidi is struggling to raise enough money to finish his new film. A crowd-funding campaign that will end this weekend is still short of its goal. Davidi’s “5 Broken Cameras,” which he co-created with Emad Burnat, was an Oscar nominee and won an Emmy. dn 14/12/2014
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Suicide Drones’ and the Spoils of War: Israeli arms manufacturers look to cash in on the war in GazaDan Cohen--Three weeks after Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip concluded, Israeli military and political leaders attended a conference next to Ben Gurion Airport to sell the successes of what Israel dubbed Operation Protective Edge, which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians including 521 children. The annual conference, named “Israel Unmanned Systems 2014,” took place in business-as-usual atmosphere — even with a complimentary beer keg. But the fare was anything but humdrum. Among the offerings were suicide drones, “loitering munitions” that need to explode; a 16-year-old showing off high-tech robots designed by fellow high schoolers and future drone makers; and “premature” weapons, armaments that have not been fully tested before they are used on a live Palestinian population. Such is Israel the military power. dn13/12/2014
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Leave or let live? Arabs move in to Jewish settlementsDan Williams - Reuters - "Little noticed amid the furore over one of Israel`s most contentious policies, a small but growing number of Arabs are moving into Jewish settlements on occupied land in East Jerusalem, drawn by cheaper rent and better services" [ry]8/12/2014
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Occupation and deportation policyRasem Obeidat - AIC - Israel commenced a policy of deportation against leaders and activists within the Palestinian political and social communities immediately following the occupation of 1967. This policy, however, didn`t end in the immediate post-war period, but continued due to the lack of international will to prevent such a practice, which contravenes Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Protection and immunity were provided to Israel in international institutions and by the United States and western Europe, thus encouraging it to continue the policy and practice of deportation [ry]8/12/2014
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Palestinians ruled by secret regulations even the army can`t explainMaayan Niezna - +972 - Whether they want to attend family gatherings, open a business or visit sick relatives, Palestinians under occupation must adhere to military regulations, the vast majority of which are hidden from public scrutiny [ry]8/12/2014
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Facing Rights Accusations, Israel Opens Gaza Inquiries JODI RUDORENDEC--JERUSALEM — The Israeli military announced Saturday that it had ordered criminal investigations of its own actions in eight additional incidents in the Gaza Strip during the war this summer, and provided unusually detailed justifications for seven other operations that had prompted complaints from human rights groups. dn7/12/2014
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Poll: Marked rise in American support for bi-national stateYnetnews--A survey conducted by the Brookings Institute ahead of the 11th annual Saban Forum showed a marked rise in American support for a bi-national state with equal rights, if the two-state solution is unattainable. dn7/12/2014
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University heads partner with Hillel International to combat academic boycottsLidor Grave-Lazi--The Committee of University Heads in Israel announced on Tuesday a partnership with Hillel International - the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life to counter academic boycotts. dn7/12/2014
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[WATCH] The Druze in Israel: Appropriating identity (part 3)972Magazine--According to the mainstream Israeli narrative the Druze population in Israel is loyal to and maintains an alliance with the state, the most famous element of which includes mandatory military service. But is that really the whole story? The third part of this series looks at Druze identity and its variations: from Palestinian to Israeli. video, about 10 minutes (dn) 7/12/2014
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Today in Palestine for December 5, 2014Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn7/12/2014
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Huge Israeli Arms Buy Nobody`s Talking About Yael Even Or--It’s worth noting that while coalition disputes (supposedly) led to the dissolution of the parliament this week, the cabinet still functioned well enough to approve on Sunday a $2-billion deal to purchase stealth fighter jets from American aerospace company Lockheed Martin. dn7/12/2014
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Today in Palestine Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn6/12/2014
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Israel to establish first juvenile courts in Palestinian territoriesTova Tzimuki--In wake of international criticism about the treatment of offenders who are Palestinian minors, Israel decided to take a revolutionary step and establish a military juvenile court in the territories. Similar to the Israeli law, the detention of minors in the pre-trial period will be significantly shortened, parents will be notified of the arrest and those aged 16 will no longer be tried as adults. [This sounds reasonable. The question is, will Israel carry it out to the letter of the law? dn]6/12/2014
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Gov`t plans to cut welfare budget, push through extra funds for IDFYuval Karni--While Israel prepares for elections, Netanyahu`s government plans to use opportunity to pass massive changes in defense spending, taking 200 million from education, 40 million from Holocaust survivors. dn6/12/2014
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Hamas leader Mashal blames Netanyahu for recent bout of terror attacksYnet--`For every action there’s a reaction,` says Khaled Mashal in interview, saying terror fueled by Palestinian despair: We warn against stripping Palestinian people of hope. dn6/12/2014
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Newsletter - November 2014Military Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 October 2014, there were 5,447 Palestinians held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities including 163 children. In the case of children this represents decrease of 10 per cent compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 2 per cent compared with 2013. According to the IPS, 47 per cent of Palestinian children and 90 per cent of adults continue to be detained in facilities inside Israel, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh4/12/2014
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A defensive Netanyahu announces elections hours after firing opposition members Lapid and LivniAllison Deger - Mondoweiss - Within hours of giving their statements decrying Netanyahu, both Knesset members were dismissed from their posts. The prime minister’s office circulated a notice of the termination two hours before Netanyahu called for an unusual 8:00 pm press conference where he announced the coming elections.-rh4/12/2014
PCHR Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (20- 26 November 2014)PCHR-Gaza - IMEMC News - "Israeli forces have continued with systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the reporting period of 20 - 26 November, 2014" [ry]1/12/2014
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National Parks in East Jerusalem B’Tselem - Visit the parks to see how East Jerusalem is being made Jewish and the lives of its Palestinian residents made miserable [ry]1/12/2014
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