|Documents & Data|
|OCHA--Highlights from the Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 23 - 29 December 2014||OCHA--Please find attached the current OCHA Protection of Civilians weekly report on protection issues in the occupied Palestinian territory. This update covers the period from 23 - 29 December 2014
Israeli forces kill a Palestinian boy and injure 24 children in incidents across the West Bank.
One armed Palestinian killed and four civilians injured in various incidents along Gazafs perimeter fence.
Israeli authorities demolished 17 structures in Area C and East Jerusalem due to lack of Israeli-issued permits.
Gaza Power Plant shut down due to lack of fuel.
Published: 02 January 2015
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 23 - 29 December 2014 dn
|Today in Palestine||Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on recent events occurring in the OPT.||26/1/2014|
|Israel bars Gaza student from travel to U.S. for coexistence program||Yarden Skop--Civil rights group warns Israel is toughening Palestinian student restrictions on movement. dn||25/1/2014|
|Tapes of teachers hearing contradict high school administrations version of events||Or Kashti--The transcripts from a pre-dismissal hearing for a high-school teacher who allegedly expressed left-wing views in class show the administrators of the ORT network of schools pressuring him to resign and then lying about it. dn||25/1/2014|
|Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 14-20 January 2014||OCHA--Key issues
15 Palestinian children were injured by Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Two Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley were confined to their homes due to military training.
The cycle of rocket firing by Palestinian armed groups and retaliatory airstrikes by Israeli forces, which began on 25 December 2013, continued during the week
The Rafah crossing was closed again on 10 January for 11 days, and 5,000 people including humanitarian cases are waiting to leave Gaza
|Today in Palestine for January 17, 2014||Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on events occurring in the OPT on or about January 17, 2014. dn||19/1/2014|
|Freedom of speech debate sparked by draft law to ban use of Nazi in Israel||Associated Press in Jerusalem--An Israeli draft law that would criminalise the use of the word Nazi in most cases has sparked a debate on freedom of speech. dn||19/1/2014|
|Tourism Tip #405 / Chefs for asylum seekers: African food tonight at Tel Aviv`s restaurants ||Haaretz--Sunday night only, more than 50 Tel Aviv`s restaurants and cafes will be dishing up specials in identification with the asylum seekers. dn||19/1/2014|
|Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians quadruple, says UN ||Karin Laub,Mohammed Daraghmeh--The annual rate of Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians has almost quadrupled in eight years, UN figures show, buttressing claims that Israeli security forces have largely failed to stem the so-called price tag campaign in which thugs cut down trees, deface mosques and beat Palestinian farmers. dn ||19/1/2014|
|Abbas: Israel using peace talks to `cover` West Bank construction ||Ynet--Abbas says `there can be no peace without Jerusalem being recognized as the capital of Palestinian state,` adding that peace talks must `not serve as a cover for settlements. King Mohammed VI of Morocco slams `Judization of Al-Quds` dn||19/1/2014|
|OCHA Protection of Civilians weekly report 7-13 January, 2014||OCHA--Key issues
An incident involving Israeli settlers detained and beaten by Palestinians during a settler attack, triggers a wave of retaliation, resulting in damage to Palestinian property.
Three families forcibly displaced from a gfiring zoneh in the Jericho area.
Rocket-fire towards southern Israel, alongside tank shelling by Israeli forces, continued intermittently during the week along the Gaza strip-Israel fence.
Fragile energy situation in Gaza continues. dn
|The NY Times Non-Story of 2013: Israeli abuse of child prisoners||Barbara Erickson -
"In March UNICEF released Children in Israeli Military Detention, a 22-page document declaring that abuse was widespread, systematic and institutionalized. The situation was also unique. In no other country, it said, are children systematically tried by juvenile military courts that, by definition, fall short of providing the necessary guarantees. ca||17/1/2014|
|Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 31 Dec 2013 - 6 Jan 2014 ||OCHA--Key issues
An elderly Palestinian died of inhaling teargas in Kafr Qaddum; 17 others were injured by Israeli forces across the West Bank.
A Palestinian boy was killed and three civilians were injured by Israeli forces in the context of restrictions on access to areas along Gazafs perimeter fence.
Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt remained closed during the entire reporting period, both for the movement of travelers and for the limited entry of construction materials for projects funded by Qatar. dn
|Another Academic Group Considers Israel Censure||JENNIFER SCHUESSLERJAN--CHICAGO A movement to pressure and isolate Israel gained further ground among American academics on Saturday, when the Modern Language Association took a step toward approving a resolution calling on the State Department to contest what it characterized as Israels discriminatory denials of entry to American scholars seeking to visit the West Bank to work at Palestinian universities. dn||12/1/2014|
|Israeli government funding dig in Palestinian Hebron, near Jewish enclave||Nir Hasson--Critics on left blast project as cover for expansion of citys Jewish settlement; work to continue for a year, at cost of NIS 7 million. dn||12/1/2014|
|Today in Palestine for January 10, 2014||Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on events occurring in the OPT on or about January 10, 2014. dn||11/1/2014|
|Palestinian, Arab American scholars back ASAs Israel boycott, condemn intimidation||Ali Abunimah -
"We, the undersigned Palestinian and other Arab-American scholars and writers as well as Arab scholars in the United States affirm our strong solidarity with the American Studies Associations position in favor of the boycott of Israeli academic institutions." ca||10/1/2014|
|Israeli rights group accuses Shin Bet of using torture despite High Court ban ||Yonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post - Shin Bet says information obtained in interrogations prevents terrorism and saves lives||6/1/2014|
|Israel: No Evidence that Boy Killed by Soldiers Posed Any Threat||Human Rights Watch - Second Ambush Killing of Child Near Schools in 2013||6/1/2014|
|Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 24 - 30 December 2013||OCHA--WEST BANK
Yafabad village in Jenin (16,000 people) confined by flying checkpoints for six days; elderly man dies after denied access to a hospital.
Entire Bedouin community displaced due to demolitions, the fourth case since August 2013.
Worrying escalation in Gaza and southern Israel results in two fatalities and 16 injuries.
Electricity supply and exports further disrupted due to closure of Kerem Shalom Crossing
31 Palestinians injured in clashes
During the last week of 2013, 31 Palestinian civilians, including eight children and five women, were injured by Israeli forces during clashes across the West Bank. This brings the total number of Palestinian injuries in these circumstances during the year (up to 30 December) to 3,718, a 23 per cent increase compared with the equivalent figure during 2012. A total of 28 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during the year.
Two thirds (21) of this weekfs injuries occurred on 27 December, during weekly demonstrations, including in Biflin village, against the isolation of land by the Barrier and in An Nabi Saleh village (both in Ramallah) against the expansion of the Israeli settlement of Halamish on the villagefs land; and in Kafr Qaddum (Qalqiliya) against the prolonged closure of one of the villagefs main entrances, as well as settlement expansion on the villagefs land. Another five Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces during search-and-arrest operations in Tulkarm city, in Al Jalazun Refugee Camp (Ramallah), and in Qalandiya Refugee Camp (Jerusalem). Fourteen (14) of this weekfs injuries were caused by tear gas inhalation, eight by rubber-coated metal bullets, and three by live ammunition.
Entire village confined for six days; elderly man dies after denied access through checkpoint en route to hospital. dn
|Thousands of refugees flood Tel Aviv square in mass protest||Meir Ohayon--Amid calls for nationwide strike of migrant workers, thousands of asylum seekers gather in Tel Aviv, urging Israeli government to review asylum requests. Meanwhile, hundreds protest in Eilat. dn||5/1/2014|
|The EU`s offer still stands, despite the Israeli government`s resounding silence||Patrick Maisonnave--About two weeks ago, the 28 foreign ministers of the European Union proposed granting Israel the status of a special privileged partner as an outcome of the successful completion of the peace process. This is an extraordinary proposal, since to this day only Turkey a country of 80 million and a candidate for membership in the union has received a similar invitation. dn||5/1/2014|
|Today in Palestine for January 3, 2014||Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentary on events in the OPT occurring on or about December 31, 2013. dn||4/1/2014|
|Israel Anti-Missile Defense Playing Russian Roulette With Israeli Lives||Richard Silverstein--In the past, Ive featured the skeptical reporting of Reuven Pedatzur and research of Prof. Ted Postol about the efficacy of Israels Iron Dome missile defense. Pedatzur reported on Postols findings that the anti-missile succeeded in hitting less than 10% of its targets during the last major Gaza offensive, instead of the 85% success rate offered by the IDF. Postol published his findings in collaboration with two other Israeli rocket engineers.dn||4/1/2014|
|Palestinians Dying Of Hunger In Syria||Chris Carlson -
"Reports have come in over the weekend that at least five Palestinian refugees in the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus have died because of malnutrition, bringing the total number of reported cases to 15, UN Relief and Works Agency spokesman Chris Gunness told AFP." ca
|Number of Palestinians in the World is 11.8 Million, says Statistics Bureau||Palestine News Network - PNN Report post -
"The projected number of Palestinians in the world is 11.8 million, of whom 4.5 million are in Palestine, 1.4 million in Israel, 5.2 million in Arab countries and around 665 thousand in foreign countries." ca||3/1/2014|
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