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PCHR Weekly report 16-22 June 2016PCHR--• Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt - A Palestinian child was killed while another civilian succumbed to his wounds in the West Bank. - 6 civilians were wounded, including 3 children, in the West Bank. - A civilian was wounded when he played with a suspicious object from the Israeli forces` remnants, east of al-Zaytoun neighbourhood.dn 25/6/2016
Smugglers in West Bank Open Door to Jobs in Israel, and ViolenceJAMES GLANZ and RAMI NAZZAL--DAHIYAT AL BARID, West Bank — At 4:15 a.m. on a dead-end street, a 33-year-old Palestinian man came running from the shadows between buildings with a rickety wooden ladder. He slapped it against the hulking concrete wall and climbed up, hoisting himself the last six feet because the ladder was too short.dn25/6/2016
An Israeli-Palestinian confederation? Not so fastYuval Eylon - +972 - The latest hit in the peace plan business comes from “Two States One Homeland,” an initiative that eschews both the two-state solution and the one-state solution, instead envisioning a confederation between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Founder Meron Rapoport fleshed out the movement’s core principles at the movement’s conference a few weeks ago: “We believe that the central aspect that was missed here over the past 22 years is the fact that the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is one country, while at the same time belongs to two peoples. Jews and Arabs are interwoven in every part of this land. The two nations have a deep connection to all parts of this land: Jews feel a connection not only to Ramat Hasharon but to Hebron, and Palestinians are connected to Jaffa and Haifa no less than to Ramallah. Dividing the land goes against these very emotions.”-rh 22/6/2016
20 Congress members send Obama letter requesting protection of Palestinian children from Israeli abuses Ben Norton - Salon - The letter describes the occupation as “an unimaginably difficult and at times hopeless environment,” where children “live under the constant fear of arrest detention and violence at the hands of the Israeli military.” Israel’s illegal military occupation marked its 49th anniversary earlier this month. Nearly half, 46 percent, of the roughly 4.7 million Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied territories are minors under 18 years of age.-rh 22/6/2016
Israel Kills 15-Year-Old Palestinian Bystander as West Bank Protests FlareOri Lewis - Forward - The military said several Palestinians threw petrol bombs and stones at vehicles, injuring three civilians, on a highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that traverses the West Bank. Israeli media reports said two of those hurt were foreign tourists. Troops gave chase and “after an initial inquiry, it appears that uninvolved bystanders were mistakenly hit during the pursuit,” a military spokeswoman said, identifying one of them as the Palestinian killed in the incident.-rh 22/6/2016
Israeli army commander testifies soldier had no justification for shooting al-SharifMa`an News agency - The company commander of Azaria, Maj. Tom Naaman, recounted to the court the chilling moments after the execution-style killing that took place in Hebron’s Old City on March 24, for which Azaria is now on trial for manslaughter. "I approached him and asked, `Why did you do it?`,” Naaman said during his testimony. “He answered me, `This terrorist was alive, and he needs to die.`" "I was angry at him for doing this. Essentially a shooting had been conducted at the scene that I was in charge of, without my permission," Naaman added.-rh22/6/2016
Israeli defense minister moves to muzzle Palestinian voices for peaceShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - On June 15, Liberman ordered the revocation of Madani’s entry permit into Israel on the grounds that he had promoted subversion in Israel, attempted to intervene in its internal affairs and had even tried to establish a political party. The revocation of Madani’s entry permit means the muzzling of the committee that was created at the instruction of Abbas to establish a dialogue with Israeli society and convey the message that the Palestinian Authority seeks peace and does not engage in incitement and warmongering, as the Netanyahu government depicts it.-rh 22/6/2016
Ramadan 2016: Israel `cuts off water supply to West Bank` during Muslim holy monthPeter Yeung - Independent - Israel has cut off the water supply to large areas of the West Bank, Palestinian authorities have claimed. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have reportedly been left without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting, at a time when temperatures can exceed 35C.-rh |22/6/2016
PM: Israel`s suspension of West Bank water supplies `inhumane and outrageous`Ma`an News Agency - The Palestinian Prime Minister’s office on Thursday slammed Israel’s decision to cut off water supplies for tens of thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank this week as “inhumane and outrageous.” Rami Hamdallah issued a statement in response to the move by Israel’s national water company Mekorot, which saw water supplies suspended in the municipality of Jenin, several villages in Nablus, as well as the city of Salfit and its surrounding villages. “Israel wants to prevent Palestinians from leading a dignified life and uses its control over our water resources to this end; while illegal Israeli settlements enjoy uninterrupted water service,” Hamdallah said. “Palestinians are forced to spend great sums of money to buy water that is theirs in the first place.”-rh22/6/2016
The UN’s damning report on Israel and torture: The desperate case of Palestinian youth in the occupied territory David Palumbo-Liu - Salon - What emerges is a deeply troubling picture of the situation of Palestinian youths and children living in the occupied territories. Despite Israel’s adoption of the amendment on youth mention above, it would appear that those protections would not apply to Palestinians living in the occupied territories. We have only to think of the attacks on Gaza and the arrests and killing of Palestinian youths on the West Bank to see a dangerous form of immunity protecting Israel from being held responsible. We therefore have a formula for the perpetuation of violence and death, as more and more children and young people, already living at the heart of despair, are being pushed to react and then met with even greater violence and abuse.-rh22/6/2016
European Parliament Faction Heads to Rivlin: NGO Funding Bill Could Hurt Israel-EU Ties Haaretz--Ahead of Europe visit, president receives letter from five European leaders expressing `concerns about the mounting pressure and recent attacks against civil society organization in Israel.`dn19/6/2016
Rabbi Crosses Communal Line to Work with Controversial Muslim GroupJosefin Dolsten--Prominent rabbi Marc Schneier has started working with a Muslim advocacy group that has been off-limits to major Jewish groups due to its alleged ties to Hamas and anti-Israel views. dn19/6/2016
Today in Palestine for June 17, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn19/6/2016
French pro-Israel group threatens to `scalp` thousands of BDS activists972Magazine--The ‘Brigade Juive’ claims to have sent the threatening email to 8,000 activists worldwide, lamenting that since French law doesn’t do enough against boycott supporters it must take matters into its own hands.dn18/6/2016
PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (09 – 15 June 2016)Human rights, News Report, Palestine IMEMC News & Agencies "Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories continued during the reporting period (09 – 15 June 2016)." ca17/6/2016
Knesset extends `racist` emergency provision on Family Unification Law for 13th yearMa`an News - The `emergency` provision to Israel’s Family Reunification Law, which grants automatic legal status to non-Israelis who marry Israeli citizens or residents, was first enacted in 2002 during the political upheavals of the Second Intifada, and was adopted into Israeli law in 2003. The law prevents the granting of Israeli citizenship or residency permits to Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens or residents, including prohibiting Israeli citizens or residents from passing on their legal status to their children if married to someone from the occupied Palestinian territory.-rh 15/6/2016
Reality check: Almost fifty years of occupationB`Tselem - “In 1967, all Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories had the same status. Since then, Israel has annexed thousands of hectares, declared the Gaza Strip a ‘hostile entity’, and signed the Oslo Accords, which divided the West Bank into dozens of disconnected enclaves. These areas, all under Israeli control, now function as discrete units that differ based on how Israel defines them, what it plans for them, and the status of their residents” [ry] 13/6/2016
UN: 2015 was most violent year in West Bank, Israel in the last decadeTovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - Settler violence against Palestinians has declined, the UN report stated, noting that there were 305 such attacks in 2013, which dropped to 217 in 2014 and then declined again to 130 in 2015 [ry] 13/6/2016
Gaza attempts to deal with beggarsRasha Abou Jalal--GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On May 24, the director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs of the General Investigation Department of the Palestinian police in the Gaza Strip, Imad Harb, announced in a press statement to Safa Press Agency the arrest of 72 beggars, including 42 children in the streets of Gaza. The arrests were part of the campaign launched May 8 by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Gaza in cooperation with the Palestinian police and the Ministry of Culture to fight begging and arrest beggars in Gaza’s streets. dn12/6/2016
Today in Palestine for June 10, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn12/6/2016
Israel removes key sites from Jerusalem`s Old City MapNigel Wilson--The Israeli tourism ministry`s official Old City map erases important Muslim and Christian holy sites and entire neighbourhoods around the historic basin [Harvey Meston/Getty Images]The Israeli tourism ministry`s official Old City map erases important Muslim and Christian holy sites and entire neighbourhoods around the historic basin [Harvey Meston/Getty Images]dn12/6/2016
Israel sets 3 day closure on West Bank ahead of ShavuotAssociated Press, Ynetnews & Reuters--The holiday celebrations, in conjunction with the deadly terror attack at Tel Aviv`s Sarona Market on Wednesday, have contributed to a tense atmosphere, causing Israeli authorities to impose the strict measure on Palestinian travel. dn11/6/2016
Nearly 70 years on, disappearance of 1,000 children in Israel remains a mysteryEhud Ein-Gil--Twenty years ago, Haaretz ran a series of reports about the disappearance hundreds of Mizrahi infants, most from Yemenite families, during Israel’s early years. Were they kidnapped and put up for adoption? Had they died and been buried without their parents’ knowledge? Or is there a third possibility? dn11/6/2016
The war of succession brewing in PalestineMenachem Klein - +972 - The struggle over Abbas’ succession signals a generational change among the Palestinian leadership. The old guard, those who established Fatah and the PLO, the refugees of 1948 whose families were dispersed across the Arab world and spent many years in the diaspora, will be replaced by young people who have spent the majority of their lives in Palestine, where the majority of their families live. They acquired the majority of their experience and public status in the intifadas or in Israeli prison. This is precisely how the new generation is different from the old guard, whose status was built on the legacy of armed struggle. Abbas’ generation used this status to convince the public of the necessity of going the political route. The failure of this approach has only hastened the rise of the generation of the “children of the land.”-rh8/6/2016
Israel`s smartest student is an ArabShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Mohammed Zeidan, from the Arab community of Kafr Manda in northern Israel, is the only Arab in Israel who has been able to get the ultranationalist Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Arab Knesset member Ahmad Tibi from the Joint List to exchange warm greetings. Zeidan, 19, scored an 800 on Israeli`s Psychometric Entrance Test, the highest possible score. Tibi praised his achievement on Twitter, and Bennett was quick to retweet Tibi’s greeting, leading the two political foes to exchange kind words.-rh 8/6/2016
Palestinian children behind bars: 14-year-old sentenced to over 6 years, visits denied, exorbitant finesSamidoun - Palestinian children continue to be targeted for collective punishment and harsh sentences, as 14-year-old Muawiya Alqam was sentenced to six and one-half years in Israeli occupation prisons and fined 26,000 NIS (approximately $6,750).-rh8/6/2016
Netanyahu Frets Over How To tackle French Peace PlanJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - Part of the reason for bringing Mr Lieberman into the government was to provide more diplomatic wriggle room. With Mr Lieberman cementing Mr Netanyahu’s credentials with the far-right, he is now free to spout vague platitudes about peace knowing that his coalition partners are unlikely to take him at his word and bolt the government. But while the domestic front has been secured, rumbles of dissent reverberate abroad.-rh 8/6/2016
Report slams Israel`s `squandering` of aid to PalestineBelal Aldabbour - AlJazeera - The Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor releases a report documenting Israel`s destruction of EU-funded projects in Palestine [ry] 6/6/2016
Nine Palestinians shot and woundedAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Over the weekend, Israeli forces opened fire at demonstrating Palestinians, wounding nine, and escorted settlers into Area A in the West Bank [ry]6/6/2016
Soldiers gather children in Hebron neighborhood, photograph them and release themB`Tselem - "On Tuesday, 24 May 2016, at around 7:30 P.M., several dozen soldiers came to the Jaber neighborhood in Hebron. [...] Testimonies given to B’Tselem [...] indicate that the soldiers passed through the neighborhood, gathering, seemingly at random, some twenty children and teens from the streets. The soldiers had them stand against a wall and began questioning them about an incident that occurred in the area earlier that day, in which stones were thrown at an Israeli bus. They then took a photo of every child and teen using a mobile phone and released them. B’Tselem obtained the details of fourteen of these minors, seven of whom are under the age of twelve – the cutoff age for criminal liability" [ry] 6/6/2016
The Month in Pictures: May 2016The Electronic Intifada [ry] 6/6/2016
Rafah Crossing to open for fourth day this weekYnetnews--Egypt opened the Rafah crossing for three days this week and announced that it will remain open on Sunday, as well. Egypt has opened the crossing only a handful of times since the overthrow of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, leaving many Gazans unable to travel outside the small coastal enclave. dn5/6/2016
Today in Palestine for June 3, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on the current situation in the oPt.5/6/2016
`Peace` Is the Buzzword in the New Strategy for Fighting BDS on Campus Taly Krupkin--NEW YORK — On Tuesday morning, 1,500 American students, representatives of Jewish organizations, as well as elderly Jews who live in New York, gathered in the historic United Nations General Assembly hall. They were attending the largest-ever event devoted to the fight against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The Israeli Mission to the United Nations has marketed the conference in recent weeks as a student event, and although only half of those present were members of the target audience, all the speakers addressed the American Jewish students, dubbed “Israel’s Iron Dome,” according to Danny Danon, Israel’s UN ambassador. dn5/6/2016
May OverviewOCHA--Protection of Civilians Weekly Report--dn 5/6/2016
Israeli Lawmakers Lead Smear Campaign Under Guise of `Transparency` Haaretz Editorial--Bill that seeks to `out` foreign-funded NGOs is a stellar example of falsehood and disingenuousness. dn5/6/2016
78% of Israelis support unilateral annexation of Ma’ale Adumim, poll findsKate-- JPost 31 May by Lahav Harkov — Right-wing MKs draft bill to apply sovereignty in West Bank city the day after PM expresses support for Saudi peace plan; Gush Etzion calls to be included in annexation effort. The Knesset Land of Israel caucus called on Tuesday to annex Ma’aleh Adumim, citing a poll showing nearly 78 percent of Israelis agree to it, a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he is ready to negotiate based on the Arab Peace Initiative. The controversial Arab Peace Initiative – long rejected by Jerusalem and also known as the Saudi Initiative – calls for normalizing relations between Arab countries and Israel, in exchange for a complete withdrawal by Israel to pre-1967 lines, which Ma’aleh Adumim is beyond. Most calls for a two-state solution on pre-1967 lines with land swaps put Ma’aleh Adumim on the Israeli side of the proposed border. dn5/6/2016
Wiping Palestinian history off the map in JaffaNatasha Roth--A tourist map of Jaffa presents a reimagined, Zionist version of the city: Jaffa 2.0 is a boutique neighborhood of Tel Aviv, with a smattering of ‘local’ (read: native) color. But the map itself simply represents a much broader process of destruction and reconstruction. dn5/6/2016
List of Non-profits That Would Be Affected by Proposed NGO Bill Revealed Jonathan Lis--Twenty-five of the 27 groups that would be impacted by the law, which requires them to disclose that a majority of their funding is from foreign governments, are organizations whose agenda is either left-wing or deals with human rights or social justice...The bill, which is sponsored by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), would also require representatives of the groups affected by the law to wear identifying tags at the Knesset. dn4/6/2016
`We became subcontractors to the occupation`: B`Tselem ends work with Israeli armyMa`an News - “B’Tselem has gradually come to the realization that the way in which the military law enforcement system functions precludes it from the very outset from achieving justice for the victims. Nonetheless, the very fact that the system exists serves to convey a semblance of law enforcement and justice,” the report stated.-rh1/6/2016
How Israeli soldiers became `children of the nation`Nurit Canetti - Al Monitor - This affair, which pitted supporters of the uniformed shooter against the military establishment that denounced him and dragged the Israel Defense Forces into a growingly radicalized social discourse, provided an opportunity to examine current public attitudes toward IDF soldiers: a warm, supportive, parental approach that puts the soldiers first at the expense of civilians and, as in the latest case, at the expense of democratic values, the IDF code of ethics, open-fire regulations and the authority of the military chain of command. Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon and Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot had condemned the act.-rh 1/6/2016
Rubble and dust: 
How EU keeps failing PalestiniansHagai El-Ad - Euobserver - All over the occupied West Bank, one can practically taste the dust in the air: since January 2016 some 300 Palestinians homes and structures have been bulldozed by Israeli authorities. Hundreds have lost their homes to such demolitions, more than half of them children. This cruelty is not random: it is part of a broader strategy by Israel to push Palestinians out of parts of their homeland and further fragment their lands.-rh 1/6/2016
Could Sins of Sara Netanyahu Force Bibi’s Downfall (He Wouldn’t Be the First)?Anshel Pfeffer - Forward - Twenty years to the day Benjamin Netanyahu won his first election, scraping past Shimon Peres by less than 30,000 votes, he received an anniversary gift: the police recommendation to press charges against his wife for misuse of public funds for the upkeep of their private residence in Caesarea. Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, Netayahu’s former cabinet secretary and personal choice for his current job, now has to rule on two cases of allegations against the Netanyahus’ personal finances.-rh 1/6/2016
Palestinians get ready for hard-line Liberman as defense ministerAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - Liberman’s appointment sparked several Palestinian reactions. While Hamas deemed his appointment as a sign of increasing racism and extremism in Israel, Fatah said the appointment is like a bugaboo scaring Palestinians given the empty threats he makes in the media. For its part, Islamic Jihad stressed that Liberman`s appointment is proof of the rising fascism among Israeli leaders.-rh 1/6/2016
Today in Palestine for May 27, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on recent events in the oPt. dn29/5/2016
What neoconservatives get wrong about U.S. Jews` relationship with IsraelMitchell Plitnick--As much as it chagrins the likes of Elliott Abrams, the increasing difficulty they are having with defending Israel’s policies is due to the policies they are working to defend. The longer the occupation continues, the less support it will find among Jews in the United States. dn29/5/2016
Ireland latest EU state to defend BDSKevin Squires--In another blow to the Israeli campaign to criminalize Palestine solidarity activism, the Irish government has affirmed that the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement represents a “legitimate” means of protest “intended to pressure Israel into ending the occupation.” dn29/5/2016
Graduate Student Workers Resist New Attack on ResolutionLabor for Palestine--Three UAW Locals have overwhelmingly endorsed, by full member vote, to support boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) in solidarity with Palestinian workers and society. This grassroots momentum has only increased despite anti-democratic actions by higher up Union officials to quell debate on the issue among locals. dn29/5/2016
Hundreds of academics call to boycott genocide conference in IsraelRami Younis - +972 -Academics condemn decision to hold a conference on genocide in Jerusalem at a time when Israel’s actions are ‘being viewed through lenses of ethnic cleansing and genocide.-rh25/5/2016
Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in BerlinRalf Neukirch and Christoph Schult - Spiegel - Top Berlin officials are becoming less inclined to unconditionally support Israel. With the two-state solution increasingly unlikely, there is concern that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is "instrumentalizing" Germany`s friendship.-rh25/5/2016
Mohammed al-Qeeq, former hunger striker and Palestinian journalist, released from Israeli prisonSamidoun - Palestinian journalist and former hunger striker Mohammed al-Qeeq was freed from Israeli prison on Thursday, 19 May. Al-Qeeq had been held in administrative detention without charge or trial, and engaged in a 94-day hunger strike demanding his release. His strike drew widespread Palestinian and international attention, and highlighted the issue of administrative detention and the imprisonment of Palestinian journalists.-rh25/5/2016
Joint List MK: Lieberman deal reveals ‘the real face of Netanyahu’ Emily Mulder - Mondoweiss - Joint List MK Aida Touma-Souliman, who believes the PM carried out the recent government reshuffle solely to secure continuation of his rule, told Mondoweiss the move “revealed the real face of Netanyahu.” -rh25/5/2016
Why are some Palestinians upset over Nakba commemoration?Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Al Jazeera correspondent Mirvat Sadeq posted on Facebook May 14, “The Nakba was not a matter of folklore. You cannot commemorate it with dabke dancing and folk songs. It was not a wedding where women wear embroidered dresses. The Nakba is not a celebration. It is a disaster and a continuous massacre against people and lands. Tragedies are not to be celebrated with horns and sirens.” Sadeq was referring to the alarm siren that the commemoration committee played for 68 seconds at noon on May 15 in Ramallah to signal the launching of the Nakba events.-rh 25/5/2016
How Netanyahu Showed the Army Who’s Boss by Handing the Keys to the Far RightJ.J.Goldberg - Forward - By removing defense minister Moshe Yaalon, a former career soldier and military chief of staff who’s part and parcel of Israel Defense Forces culture, and replacing him with Lieberman, a frequent critic of the military brass, Netanyahu is showing the generals who’s boss. That may not be what Netanyahu intended in this latest round of coalition musical chairs, but that’s what happened.-rh 25/5/2016
Today n Palestine for May 20, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn22/5/2016
The trauma remainsAsaf Kamer--Resisim is an organization which helps Israelis express their feelings and emotions after wars; It turns out, its not just soldiers on the front lines who are directly affected by the fighting. dn22/5/2016
Defense Minister Yoav Zitun--With Avigdor Lieberman`s appointment to defense minister comes a whole world of accountability - from life and death decisions during wartime, to making sure Israel stays quiet while at peace; Here are some of Lieberman`s new responsibilities dn21/5/2016
UN panel against torture flags `excessive force` by Israel JAMEY KEATEN--GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel against torture on Friday expressed concerns about allegations of "excessive use of force," including deadly force, by Israeli security forces in Palestinian areas, and warned about authorities barring access to detained suspects, including minors.dn15/5/2016
Today in Palestine for May 13, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn15/5/2016
Yesh Din: Michael Sfard at the UN Security Council, 6.5.2016 (with link to soundcloud recording)Yesh Din - Adv. Michael Sfard explained to the council members that while Israeli law enforcement agencies succeed in solving crimes committed against Israeli citizens, apprehend the culprits, prosecute and severely punish them swiftly, and in many incidents even prevent the attack. But when the victim is Palestinian, Yesh Din`s data indicates that 85% of the investigations opened into ideologically motivated crime against Palestinians are closed due to police investigative failures. [10/5/2016
The Amana House: A New Settlement in Sheikh JarrahPeace Now Settlement Watch - Construction of the settlement is supported by a wide array of governmental institutions, headed by the Israel Land Authority (ILA). The ILA, in an illegal and misleading procedure, expropriated private Palestinian land and, handed it over to Amana, a right-wing pro-settler organization that is politically and ideologically affiliated with the right-wing government. [bz]10/5/2016
Gaza: The Memories of War Still Haunt Us Noor Salha--It was a memorable and a tragic night at the same time. I wish I could forget those moments and everything that happened to us on that day. But I can’t. dn8/5/2016
New West Bank settlement slated for soon-to-be evicted outpost residents: reporti24news--The Israeli Defense Ministry and settler organization Amana are planning to build a new settlement in the West Bank, in order to house residents of an illegal hilltop outpost that is due to be evacuated by the end of the year, Haaretz reports. dn8/5/2016
Hamas, Israel agree to de-escalationElior Levy--Brokered by international representatives, both sides have agreed to a cessation of hostilities; tensions between Hamas`s political and military wings, however, threaten its stability. dn8/5/2016
Today in Palestine for May 6, 2016Today in Palestine--Reports and Commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn8/5/2016
A law banning torture in Israel? Don’t hold your breathAmjad Iraqi--An anti-torture law currently being drafted by the Justice Ministry is not enough to fix an entire legal system that allows the practice to be used against an occupied population. dn8/5/2016
Report: “Army Killed Four Palestinians In April”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "The Abdullah Al-Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation has reported that the Israeli army killed four Palestinians, including a child and a woman, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, in April. 270 Palestinians, including 85 children, were injured, and 400, including 60 children, were kidnapped. Israel also confiscated 2500 of Dunams of Palestinian lands, and approved thousands of new colonialist units, while the army demolished 97 homes and structures" [ry] 2/5/2016
Today in Palestine for April 29, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn1/5/2016
Sanders has some agonizing choices to make as a trustee for millions of voters. (CNN) Ralph Nader--Senator Bernie Sanders has come a long way without other people’s advice. The progressive lone ranger is now leading in the polls nationally as the preferred candidate to defeat Donald Trump—ahead of Hillary in that matchup. Now, however, Bernie Sanders is facing the verdict of closed primaries in many states which bar independent voters from voting for any of the Democratic or Republican candidates.dn1/5/2016
Livingstone muddies history to support claims on Hitler and Zionism Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem--Former London mayor confuses agency with intention, with fatal consequences for his garbled argument dn1/5/2016
Palestinians demand apology from EurovisionAFP--After a document was leaked banning the flags of any non-UN member state, including the Palestinian flag, from the song contest, the PLO has denounced the `shameful, totally biased and unacceptable decision.`dn1/5/2016
the American Anthropological Association’s Vote on the Academic Boycott of Israeli InstitutionsRoberto J. González David Price--The membership of the world’s largest professional association of anthropologists, the American Anthropological Association (AAA), is now in the midst of an election that will determine whether or not the Association will apply boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) to Israeli academic institutions. This is the most challenging political issue facing American anthropologists since the Vietnam War, with both supporters and opponents passionately expressing their views in the media, at professional conferences, and in public forums. dn1/5/2016
The West Bank, where one wrong move can get you killedSheren Khalel & Abed al Qaisi--“The people at the checkpoint said Abu Ismail lifted her hands and was trying to explain to the soldiers that it was an accident. Guns were aimed at her, then she reached into her purse and pulled out a folder of papers and tossed it at the border police, right before the police opened fire,” Hyat said. The dead siblings’ mother, Fatma, said the papers her daughter would have been holding were medical records. According to Fatma, her daughter was at the checkpoint with her brother after being referred to a specialistin Jerusalem by doctors in Ramallah. She had been having problems with one of her legs, Fatma said. Abu Ismail was shot, more than a dozen times according to accounts, her brother was fired on as he rushed to his sister’s aid. Both were left on the ground for nearly an hour before their bodies were moved, witnesses said. While Fatma’s daughter died almost instantly, Ibrahim is believed to have bled to death. dn1/5/2016
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