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EU logo no shield from Israel’s bulldozersSilvia Boarini--This month France condemned Israel’s demolition of buildings in Nabi Samuel village funded by French humanitarian aid. Israel has destroyed or confiscated French-funded structures, including a school, three times in the village so far this year. In the past, these large stickers bearing the EU logo offered a modicum of protection from demolitions. But this year, at least 150 European-funded structures in the West Bank were demolished by Israeli bulldozers in the first three months of 2016 This month France condemned Israel’s demolition of buildings in Nabi Samuel village funded by French humanitarian aid. Israel has destroyed or confiscated French-funded structures, including a school, three times in the village so far this year. In the past, these large stickers bearing the EU logo offered a modicum of protection from demolitions. But this year, at least 150 European-funded structures in the West Bank were demolished by Israeli bulldozers in the first three months of 2016 dn 23/8/2016
Today in Palestine for August 21, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn23/8/2016
How an IDF general whitewashed the killing of three innocent PalestiniansYael Marom and John Brown--. Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan was trying to support a soldier charged with killing an unarmed Palestinian. Instead, he ended up confessing to a crime that could have severe repercussions at The Hague.dn23/8/2016
Gaza headed for `environmental catastrophe`Al Jazeera--Water crisis in the besieged Palestinian territory is putting Palestinian lives at risk, analysts say. dn21/8/2016
Which Jerusalem? Israel’s Little-Known Master PlansNur Arafeh--It is the year 2050 and Israel has fulfilled its vision for Jerusalem: Visitors will see a largely Jewish high-tech center amid a sea of tourists, with a minimal Palestinian presence. To achieve this vision, Israel is working on three master plans; one is well-known but two remain under the radar. dn21/8/2016
Israeli Forces Electrocute 16-year-old Palestinian PrisonerPalestine Chronicle-Over 700 Palestinian children are arrested and face ill-treatment by Israeli forces each year. (Photo: via Alarabiya) dn21/8/2016
Today in Palestine for August 17, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn21/8/2016
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot--50,000 each dayYael Friedson--The comments came during a discussion of the Knesset State Committee held on Tuesday during which the chief of staff said, “between 50 and 60,000 illegals enter Israel each day. Among those in possession of legal permits there were no terrorists in the latest wave of terror and I don’t think there were any even in the last decade.” dn20/8/2016
More Murder, Arrests and Torture: Israeli Response to Uprising in PalestineRichard Hardigan – CounterPunch - “For two hours the soldiers searched every inch of Waleed’s house, turning it upside down, creating a mess the family would spend the entire next day cleaning up. It was not clear what they were looking for, but in the end they did not find it” [ry] 15/8/2016
Today in Palestine for August 10, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn14/8/2016
Plan to transplant illegal West Bank settlement of Amona to nearby Palestinian land angers Washingtoni24news--The United States opposes Israel’s plan to transplant an illegal West Bank settlement scheduled for demolition to Palestinian land nearby, a senior official in Washington has noted, according to Ha`aretz. dn14/8/2016
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of Investment Screen!Anna Baltzer--Huge news! Moments ago, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted overwhelmingly -- by an estimated 90% -- to create an investment screen that would identify and remove the Church`s investments in corporations profiting from Israel`s violations of Palestinian rights, and other human rights abuses around the world. The new screen has a broad reach, ensuring that the Church would avoid investments in corporations currently complicit in human rights violations as part of the Israeli occupation, as well as any future corporations that become complicit.dn14/8/2016
Hundreds of Jews march for Black Lives MatterWilson Dizard--Led by Jews of color and their allies, nearly 300 marchers calling for greater police accountability wound their way through downtown New York on Thursday night, ending in the arrest of seven activists for civil disobedience. dn14/8/2016
How Gaza`s electricity crisis is becoming Israel`s water catastropheShlomi Eldar--The inability to treat wastewater in the Gaza Strip because of a lack of electricity is threatening to contaminate the water supplies of Gaza as well as Israel unless immediately addressed. dn13/8/2016
Israel’s hydro-apartheid keeps West Bank thirstyCharlotte Silver - EI - "[...] Israel’s Military Order No. 158 strictly forbids drilling or any other water works, including springs, pipes, networks, pumping stations, irrigation pools, water reservoirs, simple rainwater harvesting cisterns, which collect the rain falling on one’s roof. Everything is forbidden or rather not `permitted` by the Civil Administration, Israel’s occupation regime. Even repair and maintenance of wells requires military permits. And we simply don’t get them” [ry] 8/8/2016
Today in Palestine for August 5, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn7/8/2016
Shot in the head by the IDF? Your entry permit is now revokedJohn Brown--An IDF officer opened fire on a Palestinian taxi, killing a 15-year-old boy, and wounding five others. The driver, who was shot in the head, returned from the hospital to discover his work and entry permits had been revoked.dn7/8/2016
The shocking story of Israel`s disappeared babiesJonathan Cook--`No one wanted me to know the truth,` said Gil Grunbaum, pictured in the late 1950s with his adoptive parents [Courtesy of Gil Grunbaum] dn7/8/2016
First step in reducing racism, abuse against EthiopiansDanny Adeno Abebe--An inter-ministerial committee has finalized its report, including recommendations, to deal with widespread societal and institutional discrimination against those of Ethiopian descent; many of the findings apply to the police. dn31/7/2016
American Attitudes towards the Israeli-Palestinian ConflictMargaret Lowry--The Arab American Institute (AAI) released a new Zogby Research Services poll tracking American Attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. DOWNLOAD THE POLL Key Findings Overall, nearly half (49%) of Americans view Israelis favorably, and nearly half (49%) view Palestinians unfavorably. Despite this, American voters believe...dn31/7/2016
PCHR 21-27 jULYPCHR--Jerusalem: Israeli Forces Demolish Number of Palestinian Houses in Qalandia Village • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt - A Palestinian civilian was killed in Hebron and the house where he was holed up. - 10 Palestinian civilians were wounded, including a child and a young woman, in the West Bank. 31/7/2016
Today in Palestine for July 29, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn31/7/2016
Gaza: Waiting to rebuildText: Belal Aldabbour--Two years after the 2014 war, thousands of families are still in limbo, waiting for funds to rebuild their homes. dn 31/7/2016
Recent DevelopmentsOCHA--• On 12 July, a 22-year-old Palestinian man was killed and two others (both 20 years old) were injured by Israeli soldiers during a search and arrest operation in Ar Ram town (Jerusalem). According to Israeli media, Israeli forces opened fire, believing themselves to be in danger. According to local Palestinian sources, the casualties were travelling at high speed and were unaware of the presence of Israeli soldiers who fired at them. One of the injured was arrested by Israeli soldiers. dn30/7/2016
B’Tselem: 740 Civilians, Including Minors, Left Homeless by Israeli StateIMEMC News & Agencies - "B’Tselem’s figures show that this six-month period alone saw more demolitions than any individual year over the past decade (with the exception of 2013, when occupation authorities demolished 175 homes)...According to the same source, demolitions are carried out only in what has been designated as Area C, which comprises about 60 percent of the occupied West Bank, and which Israel views as primarily meant to serve its own needs, and in annexed East Jerusalem." ca29/7/2016
B`Tselem: Israel demolished more Palestinian homes in past 6 months than in all of 2015Ma`an News Agency - Israeli authorities have demolished more Palestinian homes in the West Bank in the first six months of 2016 as they did in all of 2015, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem revealed in a report released on Wednesday, in a worrying confirmation of Israel’s ongoing crackdown on Palestinian communities in Area C of the West Bank.rh27/7/2016
Ten years after last Lebanon war, Israel warns next one will be far worseWilliam Booth - The Washington Post - When Israeli army commanders describe how the next war against Hezbollah could unfold, they often search for words not used in military manuals. The future conflict, they warn, will be “ferocious” and “terrible.”-rh27/7/2016
Israeli expulsion law `violates all rules of democracy`Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - "This law violates all rules of democracy and the principle that minorities should be represented," Mohammed Zeidan, director of the Human Rights Association in Nazareth, told Al Jazeera. "It sends a message to the public that it is possible, even desirable, to have a Jewish-only Knesset."-rh27/7/2016
Palestinians concerned about new Israeli NGO lawDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - Palestinians working and volunteering with organizations such as B’Tselem have at times been worried about the futility of their efforts. Painstakingly documenting human rights abuses is not always pleasant and is often frowned upon by Palestinians who fear that some of the information could be harmful to the community if it gets into the hands of the Israeli army and is used in military courts. But the more the Israeli government and the Knesset put pressure on some of these human rights organization, the more people such as Jaber, Jaabari, Jubran and others are confident that they are doing the right job for the ultimate benefit of the Palestinian people.-rh 27/7/2016
UNILATERAL, SUDDEN SUSPENSION OF DIALOGUE BETWEEN SUSYA AND STATE LEADS TO NEW FEARS OF DEMOLITIONSRabbis for Human Rights - Press Release - Talks with the Israeli authorities were held over the last three months with the objective of looking into the option of legalizing the village from a planning perspective. However, two weeks ago, this dialogue was abruptly halted and residents were informed that any agreement to continue them was now the responsibility of the new minister of defence. Discussions with senior members of the administration gave rise to suspicions that the village was under the increasing threat of immediate demolitions. These indications, in addition to the demolition of structures in the general area of Susya over the Ramadan holiday — a rare move made by the army — set a dangerous precedent and raise concerns that political considerations have been introduced to the professional planning process. All of this is to the detriment of the local Palestinian population, already suffering under a discriminatory planning system. Urgent actions is now needed in order to save Susya.-rh 27/7/2016
`Not an Inside Affair of Israel`Ilana Hammerman in "Haaretz" translated by Tal Haran - This discourse must be upended: about 2.5 million non-Israelis cannot continue to live all their lives as hostages of the Israeli voter and society, no matter how democratic that society might be. Consequently – and because not a single Israeli government since 1967 has given up its civilian, not military hold and expansion in the West Bank – the fate of the territories occupied at the time are a matter for the international community. It is an urgent matter, even, now that the takeover of the West Bank has in fact become the open ideology of the Israeli regime.-rh 27/7/2016
Do Israeli police take a soft stance on far-right incitement?Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - On July 22, Ahmed Dawabsha, 6, the only survivor of a hate crime perpetrated by radical right-wing Jewish terrorists in the West Bank village of Douma a year before, was discharged from Shiba Hospital. His father, mother and little brother were burnt alive after their house was set on fire. Suffering from serious burns, Ahmed fought for his life in a hospital. He underwent a yearlong rehabilitation with his grandfather never leaving his bedside. The hospital staff threw him a sixth birthday party, and when he was discharged the villagers gave him a warm welcome. Right-wing circles, by contrast, chose to mark the joyous occasion differently. Hateful comments, curses and death wishes to the Douma child were posted on right-leaning websites as well as on leading Israeli news outlets, mainly on Walla!, whose editors did not filter out any of the nauseating comments.-rh 27/7/2016
Atlanta mayor rejects demand to end Israel police trainingAmal Jubran--Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed rejected a demand from groups affiliated with the movement for Black lives to halt Israel’s training relationship with local police departments. dn24/7/2016
Today in Palestine for July 22, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn24/7/2016
Doctors for Human Rights Demands that IPS Remove Chains on Hunger Striker, Bilal Kayed Palestine Chronicle--The General Israeli Radio has announced that Doctors for Human Rights in Israel has filed a suit before the Central Court of Ber Alsaba demanding that it order the Israeli Prison Service to remove chains tied to Palestinian hunger striker Bilal Kayed, who has been on hunger strike for 39 days.dn24/7/2016
Bilal Kayed shackled to hospital bed on 34th day of hunger strike as increasing number of prisoners join protestNorman G. Finkelstein - Over 45 Palestinian prisoners are now on an open hunger strike against administrative detention and in solidarity with imprisoned hunger striker Bilal Kayed, 35, on his 34th day of hunger strike against administrative detention. Kayed was scheduled for release after the completion of his 14.5 year sentence in Israeli prison on 13 June – instead, however, he was ordered to six months’ administrative detention without charge or trial.-rh20/7/2016
Israel Army Rabbi Calls Gays ‘Perverts’ — Says No Need To Prevent Civilian DeathsJTA - Forward - rabbi who heads a religious Zionist pre-military yeshiva in the West Bank has come under criticism for calling homosexuals “perverts” and claiming the Israeli army is promoting a socially liberal agenda. Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, who runs the Bnei David academy in the Eli settlement, also said last week at a conference — a video of the speech surfaced Sunday — that the Reform movement isn’t Jewish and in fact is an offshoot of Christianity.-rh 20/7/2016
Benjamin Netanyahu investigated for money laundering by Israeli authoritiesJess Staufenberg - Independent - Benjamin Netanyahu is under investigation by Israel`s attorney general after reports he was gifted a large amount of money from an unknown source. The Israel Prime Minister has dismissed the allegations of corruption, which are the most recent in a series leveled against himself and his wife, as "baseless". But a formal examination was announced by the attorney general late on Sunday, and could prove to be embarrassing for the leader known as "Bibi" if found to be true.-rh 20/7/2016
Israeli parliament passes controversial legislation allowing MP expulsion Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Israel’s parliament has passed a controversial law allowing MPs to expel colleagues for incitement, racism or support for armed struggle against the state that critics say is aimed mainly at Arab legislators.The law was passed in the early hours of Wednesday in a stormy and noisy session of the Knesset. Opposition Israeli-Arab MPs said immediately they would appeal against the legislation at the country’s supreme court.-rh 20/7/2016
Israel `narrowing the space for freedom of expression`Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - A number of recent laws passed by the Israeli Knesset - including one that criminalises those who encourage soldiers to desert - are infringing on freedom of expression for minority groups, human rights organisations say.-rh20/7/2016
New Israeli law seeks to expel ‘misbehaved’ Arab parliamentariansMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - According to the new law, 70 (out of 120 members of Knesset, including 10 from the opposition) may ask a parliamentary committee to determine whether a specific member of parliament has incited to racism, or supported an armed struggle, terrorist organization or enemy against the State of Israel. The law does not define what “support” means. After the committee makes its decision, 90 MKs can then vote to expel the offending member.-rh 20/7/2016
50 Days: More than 500 Children: Facts and figures on fatalities in Gaza, Summer 2014B`Tselem Press release - 1394, or 63%, of the 2,202 Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces in Operation "Protective Edge" did not take part in the hostilities. Of these, 526 – a quarter of all Palestinians killed in the operation – were children under eighteen years of age. These are some of the figures published today by Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem to mark two years since the operation, which took place in July-August 2014. Additionally, 17 children were killed while participating in the hostilities, and for an additional 3, B`Tselem was unable to ascertain whether they had taken part in the hostilities .Of the 72 Israelis killed in the operation, six were civilians (one of them a Thai national), including a four-year-old child, and 62 were soldiers killed by Palestinians. Three soldiers were killed by other soldiers, and one in an operational accident.-rh20/7/2016
Israel`s Great DivideAl Jazeera--Are Jews of Middle Eastern, North African and Spanish descent discriminated against in Israel? dn17/7/2016
Dr. Ashrawi Delivers Closing Speech at 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora ConferenceIMEMC--PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi delivered a closing keynote address entitled, “Framing Current Issues in Palestine,” at the 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference, yesterday, which was sponsored by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Know Thy Heritage (KTH) program; the Conference was held on July 12 and 13, at the Grand Park Hotel, in Ramallah. dn17/7/2016
PCHR Weekly Report (jULY 16-22) on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPtPCHR--Jerusalem – Israeli Forces Demolish Number of Palestinian Houses in al-Mukaber Mount Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) DN 17/7/2016
Army Destroys Water Wells, Damages Property, In HebronIMEMC--As the extensive Israeli military invasion into the southern West Bank district of Hebron continues to escalate, the soldiers destroyed, on Thursday morning, water wells, and the entrances of several Palestinian homes. Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers destroyed several Palestinian water wells, detonated the entrances of eight apartments, in Hebron city, violently searched many residences and kidnapped at least one Palestinian. dn 17/7/2016
Senior rabbi condemns IDF for accommodating LGBT `perverts`Kobi Nachshoni--Religious-Zionist Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, head of a distinguished IDF preparatory yeshiva, accused, via homophobic rhetoric, the army of seeking to silence one `worldview` and promote another. dn17/7/2016
Today in Palestine for July 15, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn17/7/2016
Israeli demolitions displace dozens of PalestiniansPatrick Strickland--Seven Palestinian families comprised of 43 people, including 25 children, were displaced by the demolitions, Gunness said. They also included a 48-year-old father with Parkinson`s disease, a 48-year-old man who is unable to walk, an 84-year-old woman and another woman who is seven months pregnant. dn 16/7/2016
Israel Undermines Gaza`s Economic Recovery as It Clamps Down on Travel, Imports Amira Hass--At the initiative of the Shin Bet security services, restrictions have been tightened on Palestinians seeking to depart the Gaza Strip and on imports permitted into the territory. These restrictions cut into the Strip’s already limited economic activity. Those directly harmed by the change are the merchants and importers, including the veterans who employ hundreds of people; senior officials in charge of infrastructure and rehabilitation; doctors and academics who take in-service training courses and exams in the West Bank; the ill; those with families abroad and in the West Bank; and workers for international humanitarian groups and diplomatic missions. dn 16/7/2016
Using stolen water to irrigate stolen landDror Etkes--Settlers are trying to spin water shortages as a problem that affects both Palestinians and Jews in the same manner. That couldn’t be further from the truth. dn16/7/2016
Israel Widens Scope to Deny Entry to Relatives of Terror Suspects Amira Hass - Haaretz - There’s nothing new about refusing entry permits to Palestinians whose relatives have been involved in terror attacks or shot dead by the Israeli army without having been involved in an attack. For years these decisions have been the province of the Shin Bet security service, and these individuals fell into the category of “refused entry for security reasons.”-rh13/7/2016
Press releases : Statement on the Passage of the NGO BillNew Israel Fund - The Knesset should never have seriously considered — much less passed — the NGO “transparency” bill which passed today. The bill undermines Israel’s democratic heritage and risks creating a damaging chilling effect on the freedom of expression.-rh 13/7/2016
Israeli settlements: EU fails to act on its diplomats` report Donald Macintyre - The Guardian - The EU has sidelined a call from its most senior diplomats in Jerusalem to step up efforts to halt trade with Jewish settlements in occupied territory despite Brussels’ repeated public protests that the settlements are illegal and threaten the prospects for a two-state solution.-rh13/7/2016
How Israel Shoots Itself in the Foot With Left-Bashing NGO LawJ.J. Goldberg - Forward - In fact, NGOs were already required under existing law to make all funding sources public. The new law merely adds the requirement that organizations funded by foreign governments call attention to that fact every time they appear in public. In effect, the goal is to encourage popular hostility toward organizations advocating minority rights by creating the impression that they’re foreign agents.-rh 13/7/2016
Israeli scholar refuses to shut up despite university punishment for saying settlers exhibit ‘psychosis’ Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Last week, in the wake of the murder of a settler girl by a Palestinian, Uri Weiss, a business instructor at an Israeli university, faulted settlers for risking their children’s lives in a “collective psychosis.” Students sought his termination by the university, which ultimately punished him by exempting students from his examination.-rh 13/7/2016
How education reform could curb Palestinian unemploymentAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor - There are more students in Palestine pursuing academic tracks at universities than the job market can handle. While university graduates can`t find jobs in their majors, technical and vocational jobs go unfilled.-rh 13/7/2016
The Survivor’s Guide to GazaBrett Mason, Will West, Georgina Davies, Ana Maria Quinn - SBS - Gaza will be unliveable by 2020 according to the UN, with daily life already a struggle to find food and shelter, but Dateline finds the people bringing innovation and inspiration to the fight for survival.-rh 13/7/2016
Why Israel’s Mossad and Shin Bet Leaders Are Morphing Into ‘Leftists’J.J. Goldberg - ForwaRD It’s the conflict between the security chiefs’ overwhelming support for two states and the seeming immobility of a rightist-led political system that’s driving the growing clash between the groups. Generals complain that time is running out for a two-state solution because settlement growth will make separation impossible. Politicians dismiss the complaints as self-serving bellyaching by isolated individuals. The result is a growing mood of despair among security chiefs, leading to explosions of the sort that took place near Tel Aviv June 28.-rh 13/7/2016
Israeli police initiate ‘friction activity’ on quiet streets in East Jerusalem Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - An internal Jerusalem police department report reveals Israeli border police “initiated friction activity” to deliberately provoke violence in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, according to Haaretz.-rh13/7/2016
Israeli MPs Try To Assault Haneen ZoabiJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - But when Zoabi accuses the soldiers of “murder” at about 4.30-min into the video, all hell breaks loose. A dozen or more Jewish MPs rush to the podium and start circling Zoabi like a pack of baying hyenas. By this stage, when Zoabi is being physically threatened by a number of MPs in the parliament chamber, you might think it would be time for some of them to be forcefully ejected, if only to indicate that this subversion of the democratic process will not be tolerated. But not a bit of it. They are treated with kid gloves.-rh13/7/2016
EU: Israeli "NGO Law" undermines democratic values EU External Action - The new legislation, specifically targeting non-profit organisations, imposes reporting requirements which go beyond the legitimate need for transparency and seem aimed at constraining the activities of civil society organisations. This new legislation risks undermining such democratic values as the freedom of speech and a diverse civil society. We call upon Israel to continue to promote its active NGO sector and to refrain from actions which may curtail freedom of expression and association. [ak] 12/7/2016
South African Congregational Church commits to BDSRev. Thulani Ndlazi - Marthiemombergblog/United Congregational Church of Southern Africa - We recognize that the Palestinian struggle is not simply a conflict, but an asymmetric struggle between an oppressor and the oppressed. We hear the call of our sisters and brothers from Kairos Palestine who asked the world, and Christians in particular, to take a public stand against injustice. We are extremely concerned about fundamentalist Christian Zionism which conflates the Biblical Israel with the modern state of Israel. We call on all Christians to read the Bible responsibly so as to not trample on the human rights and the dignity of the Palestinians. We pledge our support to the international Boycott Divestments Sanctions (BDS) campaign. [ak]12/7/2016
Israel approves millions for West Bank settlementsAlJazeera - Israeli right-wing government pledges nearly $13m for Jewish-only settlements [ry] 11/7/2016
Amputees in the Gaza Strip - for them the war is not over Physicians for Human Rights - During the summer 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip medical teams were often forced to work in field conditions. Chaos also reigned in the hospitals due to the heavy workload and the shortage in resources to provide care. And with wounded individuals prematurely discharged from hospital in order to clear beds for hospitalization, their treatment remained partial and faulty. For all these reasons, many individuals who were injured in the limbs underwent improper limb amputation, which prevents the fitting of an artificial limb without surgery to correct the stump. [ak]10/7/2016
On the 12 Year Anniversary of the ICJ Advisory Opinion: The International Community Violates its Own ObligationNAD-PLO Media Brief - Some practical steps that should be taken by the international community are: 1.Contribute to the UN – Human Rights Council Database on companies involved with the Israeli colonization of Palestine. 2.Label and ban products originating from illegal settlements from international markets. 3.Recognize the State of Palestine on the 1967 border. The way for peace is justice, not impunity. By continuing to tolerate 50 years of Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestine, the international community is facilitating Israeli plans and strategies for annexation of Palestinian land. [bz] 10/7/2016
Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Arab Peace InitiativeHenry Siegman - The National Interest - Whatever incitement the Palestinian Authority may be guilty of, it pales into insignificance when compared to the incitement that is Israel’s half-century long occupation.-rh 7/7/2016
Netanyahu’s bloody incitementYakov Hirsch - Mondoweiss - Let me offer an alternative theory that doesn’t need much brainwashing. How about hate? How about revenge? I know that Israelis would like to tell the world that Palestinians should feel privileged to be occupied by Jews but– they don’t feel that way.-rh 6/7/2016
Use of firearmsB`Tselem - Video - "B’Tselem’s investigation of the incident and video footage captured by a Palestinian passerby belie the police claim that the lethal shooting was “precise and targeted”. In fact, the combined material indicates that the Border Police officers could almost certainly have stopped Hajuj with non-lethal means, thereby rendering the shooting unjustified." ca for id6/7/2016
Group: Israeli police reveal new regulations on use of live fire against PalestiniansMa`an News Agency - "Israeli police have unveiled new regulations which permit Israeli officers to open fire with live ammunition on Palestinian demonstrators before a non-lethal option is used, a statement released by Israeli rights group Adalah on Tuesday revealed." ca for id6/7/2016
Water Wars: Israeli Water Policy in the Occupied Territories Lamya Hussain - This Week in Palestine - A conspicuous example of the adverse effects of Israeli policy is the erosion of the Jordan River, where unsustainable policies and the overuse of important resources have helped engender a drastic reduction in water levels. These shortages have severely impacted Palestinian farmers and Bedouin communities, while settlers and settlements continue to be granted far greater access to water networks and subsidies reducing their costs of agricultural operations. An estimated 98 percent decline in the water flow of the Jordan River has been reported over the past four decades. These conditions have also affected the biodiversity of the area, including continual shifts in salinity levels of the Dead Sea, which in turn poses more serious threats to overall groundwater resources in the region. [ak]5/7/2016
The Month in Pictures: June 2016EI - "Five Israelis and four Palestinians were slain during the month of June, and another Palestinian died of injuries sustained a month earlier" [ry] 4/7/2016
Today in Palestine for July 1, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn3/7/2016
No Way to Treat A ChildDefense for Children International - Palestine--EACH YEAR THE ISRAELI MILITARY ARRESTS AND PROSECUTES AROUND 700 PALESTINIAN CHILDREN dn3/7/2016
Why are the Dutch funding settlers in Palestine?Hanine Hassan--Dutch ministers don`t seem to mind bending the laws to incorporate territory to Israel that does not belong to it. dn3/7/2016
Quartet Releases Report on Impasse in Israeli-Palestinian Peace: `Two-state Solution in Danger` ***4. Israel should cease the policy of settlement construction and expansion, designating land for exclusive Israeli use, and denying Palestinian development. ***5. Israel should implement positive and significant policy shifts, including transfer-ring powers and responsibilities in Area C, consistent with the transition to greater Palestinian civil authority contemplated by prior agreements. Progress in the areas of housing, water, energy, communications, agriculture, and natural re-sources, along with significantly easing Palestinian movement restrictions, can be made while respecting Israel`s legitimate security needs. ***6. The Palestinian leadership should continue their efforts to strengthen institutions, improve governance, and develop a sustainable economy. Israel should take all necessary steps to enable this process, in line with the Ad Hoc Liaison Commit-tee recommendations. ***7. All sides must continue to respect the ceasefire in Gaza, and the illicit arms buildup and militant activities must be terminated.[bz]2/7/2016
Israeli Leaders, Extremists Vows Complete Annexation of the West BankPalestine Chronicle--Two Palestinians and an Israeli settler have been killed in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli leaders threaten to build more Jewish-only settlements in the territory.dn2/7/2016
Israeli confiscation of land shows 440% increase in 2016PNN/ Bethlehem - "Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) revealed in a report issued Tuesday that Israeli authorities confiscated since the beginning of the year 7,773 acres of Palestinian-owned lands, recording an increase by 439% in comparison with last year where 1,442 acres were seized." ca1/7/2016
US donates $52 million to UNRWA in West Bank and GazaMa`an News Agnecy - "United States Consul-General to Jerusalem Donald Blome announced on Thursday a contribution of $51.6 million from the United States to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza.The donation was a response to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’s (UNRWA) 2016 Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory, at a “critical” time when representatives said refugees were in dire need of assistance. " ca1/7/2016
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