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US condems West Bank arson amid escalating violenceYnet reporters--The United States officially condemned Friday an attack in the West Bank town of Duma where suspected Jewish settlers burned down a Palestinian home, killing a baby and critically wounding additional family members. dn1/8/2015
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Israel Allows Hunger-Striking Prisoners to Be Force-FedDIAA HADIDJULY--JERUSALEM — Israeli legislators voted Thursday to allow the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners in extreme cases, a move that appeared to be aimed at preventing Palestinian inmates from using fasts to win their release, particularly from indefinite incarceration. dn1/8/2015
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CARNAGE IN RAFAH DURING 2014 ISRAEL/GAZA CONFLICTAmnesty International&Forensic Architecture - "An Israeli infantry officer described to Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence the events that ensued after the Hannibal Directive was announced on the radio:“The minute ‘Hannibal Directive’ is declared on the radio, there are consequences. There’s a fire procedure called the ‘Hannibal fire procedure’ – you fire at every suspicious place that merges with a central route. You don’t spare any means.” ca 31/7/2015
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Amnesty: Israel Committed War Crimes during Rafah ‘Carnage’Amnesty International - The Palestine Chronicle "The events in Rafah, so-called ‘Black Friday’, have attracted attention for the army’s application of the controversial ‘Hannibal Protocol’, a secretive doctrine designed to thwart the capture of an Israeli soldier by the application of overwhelming force.On August 1, 2014, the Israeli military implemented the Protocol in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip when it was thought that Hamas fighters had captured a soldier, Hadar Goldin, alive." ca31/7/2015
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A bad deal? Diplomacy saves Israel from taking military action against IranShemuel Meir - +972 - The positive consequences for Israel’s security are both many and important. First and foremost, the agreement precludes the introduction of a new nuclear-weapon state in the Middle East. Nuclear weapons are league of its own and the only class that constitutes an “existential threat.” That has now been prevented. The agreement strengthens the Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which Israel is not a signatory but one of its beneficiaries.-rh29/7/2015
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Mount Scopus Slopes National Park and the harm it causes al-`Esawiyah and a-TurB’Tselem - "According to Bimkom, when planners for al-`Esawiyah met with the planners for the national park for in coordination meetings, the director of the Jerusalem district at the NPA expressly stated that the purpose of the park was to block Palestinian neighborhoods from expanding into the open space. This argument was not subsequently repeated. Instead, other justifications were given to demonstrate that the park is indispensable. The political involvement in the process that saw the approval of Mount Scopus National Park reinforces the concern that the park was meant to serve the unacceptable objective of limiting Palestinian construction in East Jerusalem" [ry]27/7/2015
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Wrong on the Facts, Wrong on the Law: Israeli’s False Claims of “Self-Defense” in Gaza WarJames Marc Leas - CounterPunch - “Public relations campaigns based on self-defense have been critical to Israeli officials avoiding accountability after each of the six major assaults on Gaza since Israel withdrew its settlers from Gaza in 2005. Notwithstanding the reports of war crimes committed by Israeli forces, the remarkable success of those self-defense based public relations campaigns continued to provide Israeli officials with impunity: the freedom to strike militarily again” [ry]27/7/2015
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Defense Ministry internal report: Land at village slated for demolition privately owned by PalestiniansBarak Ravid and Chaim Levinson--Sussia, the Palestinian village in which structures are slated for demolition, sits on private Palestinian land owned by local people, according to a document of the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration obtained by Haaretz. dn26/7/2015
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Mavi Marmara: Judges call for new investigation into deaths of activists . . .Paul Gallagher--The International Criminal Court has asked its chief prosecutor to reopen an investigation into the interception of the Mavi Marmara, the ship on which nine human rights activists were killed in 2010 after it was stormed by the Israeli Defence Force during an attempt to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip.dn26/7/2015
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Today in Palestine for July 24, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn26/7/2015
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The bloody cost of apartheid: Israel kills twice in two days .Ben White--Israeli occupation forces have killed again: the victim this time was Falah Abu Maria, a 52-year-old father shot dead in Beit Ummar, a village in the southern West Bank. Abu Maria`s death came just a day after 21-year-old Muhammad `Alawna had been shot dead near Jenin. Israel has now killed 17 Palestinians in 2015 to date, and wounded dozens more. dn 26/7/2015
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How Israel Uses Water to Control Palestinian LifeCharlotte Silver--The relentless scarcity is purposeful and integral to Israel’s strategy of “demographic balance.” dn25/7/2015
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Study: 51% of Gaza Children, 31% of Adults Suffer Post-War TraumaIMEMC News & Agencies - "According to the organization’s report, “An average of 75% of children surveyed experience unusual bedwetting regularly. In one area, al-Shoka, nearly half the children interviewed wet the bed every night. Up to 89% of parents reported that their children suffer consistent feelings of fear, while more than 70% of children said they worried about another war. On average seven out of 10 children interviewed suffer regular nightmares.” CA24/7/2015
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Israel: Security Forces Abuse Palestinian ChildrenHuman Rights Watch - Israeli security forces have used unnecessary force to arrest or detain Palestinian children as young as 11. Security forces have choked children, thrown stun grenades at them, beaten them in custody, threatened and interrogated them without the presence of parents or lawyers, and failed to let their parents know their whereabouts.-rh22/7/2015
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European Council calls for lifting siege of GazaEuropean Council - Reiterating its support for the two state solution the EU expressed concern about "The grave situation in the Gaza Strip, (...) where the humanitarian and socio-economic situation remains dire and called for "a fundamental change of the political, security and economic situation in the Gaza Strip, including the end of the closure and a full opening of the crossing points, while addressing Israel`s legitimate security concerns." ak21/7/2015
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Today in Palestine for July 17, 2015Today in Palestine-- A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt.19/7/2015
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As the West made a deal that shut down Iran`s nuclear ambitions, the anger over Israel`s undeclared atomic arsenal surfaced againDoug Bolton--Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby calls out `double standard` of international attitude to Israeli nuclear programme Following the landmark deal on Iran`s nuclear programme, the head of the Arab League has branded the international community`s attitude to Israel`s nuclear programme a "double standard" and called on them to pressure Israel into declaring its nuclear weapons. dn 19/7/2015
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Through Lens, 4 Boys Dead by Gaza ShoreTYLER HICKS--The aftermath of an airstrike on a beach in Gaza City on Wednesday. Four young Palestinian boys, all cousins, were killed. Credit Tyler Hicks/The New York Times dn19/7/2015
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PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (09- 14 July 2015)PCHR-Gaza - "Israeli forces have continued with systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) for the reporting period of 09- 14 July 2015." ca17/7/2015
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Gaza Today : Gaza Testimonies B`Tselem Project - The bombings of the Gaza Strip began a year ago today. For hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, last summer’s nightmare has become an ongoing reality. There are now some 100,000 displaced persons in Gaza living with relatives or in rented homes, in tents, or in the ruins of their old homes.-rh15/7/2015
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Video appears to contradict account of Israeli officer who killed PalestinianPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Doubts about the account of Col Yisrael Shomer, a brigade commander in the occupied territories, began to emerge last week in witness accounts and medical evidence collected by the Guardian, Washington Post and human rights groups. They suggested that 17-year-old Mohammed Kasbeh was shot in the upper body by Shomer as the youth was fleeing, not in the midst of a life-threatening attack.-rh 15/7/2015
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Addameer: Report on 13 July military court hearing of Khalida JarrarAdameer - Samidoun - At the hearing today for Palestinian Legislative Council Member Khalida Jarrar, the defense team submitted preliminary arguments to cancel the charges. The defense argued concerning the legality of the occupation. Particularly, it argued that the occupation’s situation as continued and long-term deems it illegal. The defense also argued that Mrs. Khalida Jarrar is entitled to immunity as a Palestinian Legislative Council Member.-rh 15/7/2015
Israeli media review: Is Bibi going back to Congress over Iran deal?Edo Konrad and Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Netanyahu’s mouthpiece largely parrots the prime minister’s warnings and fears; leading columnists in other newspapers label the deal a personal failure for Netanyahu, warn that the ground-breaking agreement actually puts a military option back on the table.-rh15/7/2015
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Palestinian leadership faces foggy futureDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - That the presidential succession has returned as a strong issue is a sign of uncertainty about the future among Palestinians. Without a clear executable agreement that includes parliamentary and presidential elections with Hamas and some kind of understanding within the ruling Fatah movement, the writing on the wall is very worrisome. The recent success of nonviolent activities by Palestinians abroad, such as the boycott, divestment and sanctions activities, might lead some to argue that the time is right to give up on the limited powers of presidency under occupation and return to the days where the real power is in the hands of the PLO leadership outside the occupied territories.-rh 15/7/2015
Military Police: Palestinian teens killed by military live fire, although military fired only rubber-coated bulletsB’Tselem - "On 25 February 2015, the Military Advocate General’s (MAG) Corps informed B’Tselem of the closing of the investigation into the killing of Palestinian teens Muhammad and Usayed Qadus in the West Bank village of ‘Iraq Burin in March 2010. The investigation had taken five years and its findings, as reported by the MAG Corps, are absurd: on the one hand, the investigation found that only rubber-coated metal bullets had been fired during the incident; on the other hand it corroborated that the two teens were killed by live ammunition" [ry]13/7/2015
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Gaza: how it looks one year after the conflict – then and nowThe Guardian--8 July marks the first anniversary of the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The 50-day conflict began when Israel launched an intense air and ground assault aiming to end persistent rocket fire from Gaza. It was the third major conflict between Israel and Hamas militants since the Islamist group took control of Gaza in 2007. Last year’s fighting killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, as well as 73 Israelis, most of them soldiers. More than 100,000 buildings in Gaza were left damaged or destroyed and have not been rebuilt dn12/7/2015
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Sharp Rise in Negev DemolitionsPalestine Chronicle--1,073 homes in `unrecognised` Arab villages were demolished in 2014 [of Israeli citizens dn].12/7/2015
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Why is Gaza reconstruction so slow?Yolande Knell--In the year since the 50-day conflict with Israel, which saw thousands of Gaza`s buildings reduced to rubble, not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt. dn12/7/2015
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Today in Palestine for July 10, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn12/7/2015
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First senior officer to be investigated by military police over Protective Edge conductYoav Zitun--Lt. Col. Neria Yeshurun, who led the battalion that lost Captain Dima Levitas, under scrutiny for allegedly approving shelling of clinic -- supposedly in retaliation for soldier`s death. dn12/7/2015
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Injured woman forced to strip recalls horror of Israel’s Gaza warCharlotte Silver - Electronic Intifada "Majda Sulaiman Khuday, 49, could not hold back the tears as she recalled the night of 23 July 2014 “Can you imagine the humiliation?” she asked. “Lying in front of these young men, naked.” Majda and her husband, Shadi, live in Khuzaa, a village in ,Gaza’s southeast, near the boundary fence with present-day Israel...Israel’s foreign ministry recently released its own findings on the army’s conduct during last summer’s assault on Gaza. The report paints a rosy picture of the 51 days of Israel’s land, air and naval assault on the tiny territory and its 1.8 million inhabitants — estimating a far smaller proportion of those killed to be civilians than figures arrived at by the UN and all human rights organizations, and placing the blame for their deaths almost entirely on Hamas’ tactics." ca8/7/2015
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Norwegian Refugee Council urges a holistic plan to help Gazans rebuild homesMalta Today - Of some 12,600 destroyed, none have been rebuilt. An extra 83,977 damaged housing units still wait for repair. Gaza is getting just 7.5 per cent of daily construction materials needed, and even where materials are available, the people lack finances.NRC calls upon the international community to support a holistic plan for all aspects of the reconstruction process, and provide urgent temporary shelters for tens of thousands of displaced persons. to cover the housing demand, to start reconstruction7/7/2015
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Is Israel a racist country? 47% of US Democrats said it is David Horovitz - Times of Israel - Three quarters of highly educated, high income, publicly active US Democrats — the so-called “opinion elites” — believe Israel has too much influence on US foreign policy, almost half of them consider Israel to be a racist country, and fewer than half of them believe that Israel wants peace with its neighbors. These are among the findings of a new survey carried out by US political consultant Frank Luntz.ak7/7/2015
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In June: Israel Detained 150, 60 are MinorsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Most of those arrested were from the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Silwan (35 arrests), Issawiya (26), the Old City (21) and Beit Hanina (19), as well as Sheikh Jarrah, Jabal al Mukkaber, A-Tur and Sur Baher" [ry]6/7/2015
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Today in Palestine for July 3, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn5/7/2015
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Protestant churches split over anti-Israel divestment resolutions Debra Nussbaum Cohen--NEW YORK – It was one step forward and a step and a half back for the anti-Israel BDS movement this week. On Thursday, just two days after the United Church of Christ passed a measure requiring divestment from companies connected with Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops voted down a similar resolution, while the much smaller Mennonite Church postponed any boycott decision to 2017.dn5/7/2015
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Gaza RevisitedFrance24--Video dn5/7/2015
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Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza Strip in video statementReuters - The Guardian - The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the US-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.-rh1/7/2015
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