|Documents & Data|
|West Bank Movement and Access Update||Judith Harel - UN OCHA oPt - Over the course of the past six months (May-October 2009), the Israeli authorities continued to implement measures that increased the freedom of movement of Palestinians between most Palestinian urban centres in the West Bank. However, during the same period, there has been no significant improvement when it comes to access to land and use of space by Palestinians. ||24/11/2009|
|Is Increased Aid to Gaza Good News? ||Gisha - Besides the fact that Israel is once again proud of itself for overcoming obstacles of its own creation, the connection between the closure policy and the increased need for humanitarian aid should also be taken into consideration. In 2007, aid represented only 3% of all imports into the Gaza Strip. Yet in 2009, aid now represents 26% of all imports.
|OCHA Weekly Update Nov. 11-17 2009||J`lem home demolitions; boy killed by IDF in Gaza; only 3% of cooking-gas quota reaches Gaza Strip (pdf file)||23/11/2009|
|6200 Palestinian minors detained by Israel since 2000||IMEMC - In its report to the Arab League, the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners speaks of children under the age of 14 being detained for periods of up to 6 months.||20/11/2009|
|Protection of Civilians - Weekly report of United Nations Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA_oPt )||Gaza: Weekly average of imported truckloads remains below needs |
West Bank: Al Jalama checkpoint opened to vehicles of Palestinian citizens of Israel [note that this is a limited opening into the West Bank for cars belonging to Israeli citizens-ed]
|Bitter dates ||Dangerous Work Environment - Kav la`Oved 2009 report (video)||18/11/2009|
|AIC Settler Violence Report: September - October 2009 ||Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - The settlers tried many times to enter the village of Irak Boreen, but the residents faced them and the soldiers came later. But instead of stopping the settlers, they threw tear-gas and ran after the people inside the village. [This Oct. 30 example typifies the relations in a nutshell-ed]
|At Gisha`s Request: High Court to Examine Israelís Refusal to Allow a 21 Year-Old Student to Complete Her BA in Bethlehem||Gisha - News Release - Tomorrow (Thursday, November 12, 2009) a hearing will be held in the Israeli High Court of Justice in the case of Berlanty Azzam, a student at Bethlehem University who was detained and forcibly removed to the Gaza Strip.
Berlanty was to complete her BA in Business Management in just two months.
Israel admits that it has no security claims against Berlanty and that she was removed solely because the address listed on her identity card is in Gaza.
Despite an explicit promise by the army Ė she was not given an opportunity to meet with her legal counsel or appeal to the court; instead she was promptly blindfolded, handcuffed, and removed to Gaza by night.
|Military`s investigations into Operation Cast Lead focus on individual soldiers, not unlawful policies||B`Tselem - MPIU, which is the only body currently investigating Operation Cast Lead, has no authority to investigate the responsibility of decision-makers outside the military who were involved in policy setting. Therefore, even if these investigations result in the filing of indictments against soldiers, they will be directed against the lower echelon, and the persons responsible for the policy will not be held accountable for their acts.
|Al Khalil/Hebron Update: 1-31 October 2009||CPT Hebron - Update - For two days Israeli military closed the mosque gate to Palestinians, while Israelis had exclusive access to the Ibrahimi Mosque/Cave of Machpelah. This made life especially difficult for children and teachers who normally pass through the mosque turnstile to reach schools beyond the Old City. There were occasional incidents of stone-throwing by settlers from the Avraham Avinu settlement: onto passers-by in the market (observed by soldiers), and onto a Palestinian house adjacent to the settlement.
|Troubled Waters - Palestinians denied fair access to water||Amnesty International - Full Report - ďWater is life; without water we canít live; not us, not the animals, or the plants. Before we had some water, but after the army destroyed everything we have to bring water from far away; itís very difficult and expensive. They make our life very difficult, to make us leave. The soldiers first destroyed our homes and the shelters with our flocks, uprooted all our trees, and then they wrecked our water cisterns. These were old water cisterns, from the time of our ancestors. Isnít this a crime? Water is precious. We struggle every day because we donít have water.Ē
Fatima al-Nawajah, a resident of Susya, a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills, to Amnesty International, April 2008||3/11/2009|
|B`Tselem Newsletter||B`Tselem - Newsletter - B`Tselem is persistently advocating for Israel to implement the principal recommendation of the Goldstone report and mount an independent investigation into suspicions that Israeli forces breached international humanitarian law in Operation Cast Lead.||3/11/2009|
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