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Life under occupation

Israeli harassment curtails access to education for Hebron girls Alex Shams and Salam Muharam - Ma`an News Agency - But even Aisha was surprised the day a female soldier locked her into a small compartment near the checkpoint under the pretext of "inspection" while she was on her way back from school. The soldiers at the checkpoints see the same neighborhood kids pass back and forth on their way to school every day, and often know them by name. When the gun-toting Israeli decided to inspect her all of a sudden, Aisha began to worry.-rh20/11/2014
Israeli attacks on Al Quds University give new meaning to ‘academic freedom’Kamilah Moore - Mondoweiss - During 2012, 2013 and 2014, the total number of attacks on Al-Quds University main campus was 31. During these attacks 2473 people were injured, 5121 teargas canisters and bullets were shot, and 276 people were called by the Israeli intelligence for investigation.-rh20/11/2014
Will "reconstruction" prolong the siege of Gaza?Rami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - "Reconstruction in Gaza requires approximately 5.5 million tons of raw building materials, including 1.5 million tons of cement.So far only a tiny fraction of the required amount has been delivered to Gaza." - id 19/11/2014
Settlers spit on Abu Khdeir family as they exit court; alleged killer refuses to enter plea Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Abu Khdeir’s alleged murderers were in court today for a second pre-trial. All three defendants were supposed to enter pleas. In the session the self-proclaimed ringleader of the group, Yosef Haim Ben-David, 29, refused to cooperate. His lawyer told the judge he could not give a statement on guilt on behalf of his client, as was the case in the last pre-trial in October. Today, the delay was because Ben-David is no longer speaking.-rh 19/11/2014
`Home demolitions have not stopped attacks`Dalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - "Israel has increased its violations against al-Aqsa, and crackdowns on people on checkpoints, and through red-tape. All this leads to violence. All this pressure will ultimately lead to an explosion. As you can see, home demolitions have not stopped attacks. Violence breeds violence."-rh Israel has increased its police force exponentially in Jerusalem in the past few weeks in an attempt to curb the violence, but many Palestinians say their long-simmering frustrations over what they called Israel`s oppressive measures are finally boiling over.-rh19/11/2014
Tense calm continues at Al-AqsaDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - With age restrictions dropped, 40,000 Palestinians were allowed into Al-Aqsa Mosque that Friday. A few young people were ordered to temporarily surrender their ID cards to ensure that they wouldn’t participate in any violent demonstrations afterward.-rh 19/11/2014
How to create a terrorist : Jerusalem SkunkAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss - In the A-Tur neighborhood, the police shot skunk water at four large schools, forcing the parents of 4,500 students to leave their children at home due to the unbearable smell. “It was this past Friday, at around 5:30 p.m.,” says Khader Abu Sabitan, a member of the parents’ committee in the neighborhood. “I was on the road and saw them pass with their machine, and saw how they began shooting water at the school. I’m telling you – there was nothing there. It is Friday at 5:30 in the evening, and there was no one in the school or on the streets. Nothing. Everyone was home. They went to all four schools in the neighborhood, shot the water, and left.”-rh19/11/2014
Gaza Desalinated Drinking water leading to cancer, Osteoporosis and other fatal illnessesPNN - Palestine News Network - "Despite knowing the causes for the illness, there is no substitute for the desalinated water, since the water provided by the Municipality is salted and unfit for drinking, and Israeli occupation control over more than 82% of Palestinian water." - id 19/11/2014
Weather brings more challenges to victims of Israeli war crimesMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "Despite the brutality, Palestinians continue to find ways to survive, remembering the terrorism of Israel’s soldiers and the intentional destruction of their civilian homes that Amnesty International has decried as an unprecedented war crime by a government." - id 19/11/2014
Eight Palestinians, Including Four Children Kidnapped In Jerusalem And BethlehemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Local sources said the soldiers kidnapped Mahmoud Dweik, Mohammad Dweik and Abdul-Rahman Dweik, and took them to an interrogation center in the city. The kidnapped children are 9-14 years of age" [ry]17/11/2014
Jumping off the rooftops: Parkour in post-war GazaHaaretz - Palestinian youths practice their Parkour skills over the ruins of houses, which were destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants (Photos by AFP) [ry]17/11/2014
Jerusalem unrest propelled by Palestinian teensWilliam Booth and Ruth Eglash--JERUSALEM — His school pals call him “the Penguin,” because he is beaky and round. He’s 16 and dressed in the uniform of the Palestinian street warrior — skinny jeans, soccer tee, brand-name sneakers and a balaclava, except he keeps pulling the mask off, complaining it is itchy. dn16/11/2014
Israel investigates B`Tselem claims on shooting PalestiniansShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "On Nov. 12, it was authorized for publication that a border police soldier was arrested on suspicion of murdering the two youths, having used live bullets instead of rubber ones. In tandem, the soldier’s commander was also questioned on suspicion of having known that live fire was used but having failed to report it." ca 14/11/2014
Israel to demolish Hebron home of settler stab suspectMa`an News Agency - "Critics charge that the demolitions merely provoke further anger against Israel and lead to a cycle of violence." ca14/11/2014
Kerry meets Abbas as Israeli-Palestinian tensions soarMa`an News Agency - "The meeting in Amman came hours after fresh clashes broke out in East Jerusalem where Israeli police fired tear gas, percussion bombs and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators. Months-long unrest in annexed East Jerusalem has in recent days spread to the occupied West Bank and Palestinian communities across Israel." ca14/11/2014
Holy Land sinks deeper into political turmoilDalia Hatuqa - Al-Jazeera "Israel`s leaders are making a huge mistake if they think they can now establish facts on the ground and divide prayer times at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as they did at al-Ibrahimi Mosque [in Hebron]," Mahmoud Abbas said during a memorial for the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat."By doing these things they are leading the region and the world into a devastating religious war," Abbas added." ca 14/11/2014
For now, the PA is working with Israel, not HamasAvi Issacharoff - The Times of Israel "Abbas, at the Tuesday rally, had launched a scathing attack against both Israel and Hamas. He accused the Gaza-based organization of attempting to sabotage the rehabilitation process of the Strip and of undermining efforts to maintain a functioning reconciliation government. At the same time, Abbas also promised to thwart “extremist and settler efforts” to “defile” the Al-Aqsa Mosque." ca 14/11/2014
Journal: Farming in Gaza near the Buffer ZoneRina Andolini - ISM - "The farmers situation is clear cut and simple; they have land and are in fear of tending to it." - id12/11/2014
Group: Barghouthi in solitary after calling for `armed resistance` Ma`an - The Israeli Prison Service on Wednesday moved jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi to solitary confinement in Hadareim prison, a day after he sent a widely-published letter from prison calling for armed resistance against the Israeli occupation, a rights group said.-rh12/11/2014
Video: Routine exchange on a bus reveals racism embedded within Jewish Israeli society -Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - I got chills up my spine from watching this exchange. The casualness in which the man expresses his sense of entitlement, reveals something so extraordinary about how racism is embedded and reinforced within Jewish Israeli society.-rh 12/11/2014
The One-State Reality : Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price.DAVID REMNICK - The New Yorker - since Rivlin was elected President, in June, he has become Israel’s most unlikely moralist. Rivlin—not a left-wing writer from Tel Aviv, not an idealistic justice of the Supreme Court—has emerged as the most prominent critic of racist rhetoric, jingoism, fundamentalism, and sectarian violence, the highest-ranking advocate among Jewish Israelis for the civil rights of the Palestinians both in Israel and in the occupied territories. Last month, he told an academic conference in Jerusalem, “It is time to honestly admit that Israel is sick, and it is our duty to treat this illness.”-rh 12/11/2014
Israeli ministers pass bill jailing stone throwers for 20 yearsRT - Government ministers in Israel have voted to increase penalties ten-fold on people convicted of throwing stones at vehicles from two to 20 years, in a move designed to deal with a wave of violence that has hit some of Jerusalem’s Arab districts.-rh12/11/2014
Struggle of Abu Khdeir Family: Pulling Down a Boy’s PhotoTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - The explosive reality that formed following the murder of Muhammad in Jerusalem and its surroundings and especially on the border line between the two nations, which some see as a beginning of an Intifada, led to a sequence of incidents in which the authorities harassed the members of the Abu Khdeir family, who only want to find comfort for their souls and commemorate their child in their own modest way.-rh12/11/2014
From jail, Barghouthi urges `armed resistance`Ma`an - Barghouthi has said he never supported attacks on civilians inside Israel and in recent years has thrown his support behind peaceful resistance. But now he wrote in a letter to the PA at the occasion of marking 10 years since the death of Yasser Arafat: "It is imperative to reconsider our choice of resistance as a way of defeating the occupier." [bz]11/11/2014
Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in al-ArrubMa`an - Medical sources at al-Mizan hospital told Ma`an that 21-year-old Muhammad Imad Jawwabra was shot in the chest and arrived at the hospital in critical condition. [bz]11/11/2014
Soldier hurt Tel Aviv stabbing attack succumbs to woundsShahar Hay - Ynet - "You`d better start waking up. I understand that this country is living under the delusion that everything is fine. Today it`s me, tomorrow it`ll be someone else`s brother" was Sahar Shiloni`s message to policymakers. [bz]11/11/2014
SEE! Demolitions in Hebron Hills AIC - The Israeli army demolishes a traditional village oven for the third time and seizes building materials in the Beduin village of Um Al Kher, South Hebron Hills [ry]10/11/2014
Israel to confiscate 3,200 acres of Palestinian land near JerusalemMa`an News Agency--JERUSALEM (Ma`an) -- Israeli authorities have delivered orders to the village of Beit Iksa north of Jerusalem ordering the confiscation of 12,852 dunums (3,176 acres) of Palestinian land, locals said on Saturday. dn9/11/2014
Ten years since Arafat’s death: Lost hope as the illusion of temporary occupation fadesAmira Hass--Palestinian society is completing its split into geographic units cut off from one another. Meanwhile, economic gaps widen among the regions, cities, villages, refugee camps and extended families. dn9/11/2014
Israel clampdown at shrine fuels Muslim fearsAssociated Press-- The holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and is the most sacred spot in Judaism. Muslims revere it as the Noble Sanctuary, Islam’s third-holiest site and home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the gold-topped Dome of the Rock. dn8/11/2014
USAID Provides $100m to PA, Settlements Condemned InternationallyIMEMC News & Agencies - "WAFA reports that, in a ceremony at the Office of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara, U.S. Consul General, Michael Ratney, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) West Bank and Gaza Mission Director Dave Harden announced the U.S contribution to the PA... Today`s transfer will be used to directly pay for fuel purchases and support of six hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem, allowing them to continue to provide critical services to the public." ca 7/11/2014
Palestinian Survives A Ramming Attack Near BethlehemIMEMC & Agencies - "The farmer, identified as Mohannad Sa’ad Salah, was trying to cross bypass road #60 when a settler shifted his vehicle towards him and tried to run him over...Last Month, a Palestinian child identified as Enas Dar Khalil, 5 years of age, was killed after an Israeli settler rammed her and her friend with his car and fled the scene." 7/11/2014
PEACE BUS ACTION PLAN November 5 - November 12Peace Bus Project - "This Friday, at 9am, we plan to visit the Makassed Hospital of the Red Cross in East Jerusalem, Mountain of Olives, and to meet Palestinians from Gaza, to understand their needs and with help of our supporters to buy goods for them (budget 7000 NIS), which is most needed. We will have translators from Arabic to Hebrew and English. The meeting point is Damascus Gate, Old City, Jerusalem, 8:30 am, from there we will take off to the Makassed Hospital." ca7/11/2014
Israeli Man, Palestinian Driver Killed, Several Injured In JerusalemIMEMC & Agencies - In what has been confirmed as a "deliberate attack," Israeli sources said an Israeli man was killed, and several others injured, when a Palestinian driver rammed them with his car in Sheikh Jarrah, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian man was later shot and killed by the Israeli Border Police.-rh 5/11/2014
Young Palestinian females tortured in Israeli prisonsPNN - Palestine News Network - "The prisoners are banned from seeing their families, not given appropriate medical treatment, not given their rights in courts; a policy to keep them form protesting their imprisonment conditions.The youngest female prisoner is Dima Sawahreh. A 16-year-old eleventh grader from Jabal Al-Mukabber, Jerusalem." - id 5/11/2014
Militarized Parenthood in IsraelRuth L. Hiller - New Profile - But the tragedy does not just lie in the loss of a life or in an old man`s belief that every young man and woman must join the army no matter the circumstances. The tragedy is in the conditioning and ongoing indoctrination. The tragedy lays in the way we; as citizens, adults, parents and so-called free thinkers, totally accept the call to the arms.-rh 5/11/2014
History shows current Jerusalem crisis not its lastDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The closing of Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israelis seems to be in line with the objective of a radical Jewish group to build a third temple in Jerusalem and replace the Jordanian authority at the compound.-rh 5/11/2014
A pretense of progress for children in Israel`s military courtsGerard Horton - +972 - "A new amendment requiring military authorities to videotape interrogations of Palestinian minors may seem like a step in the right direction. That is, until you read the fine print." - id 5/11/2014
Gaza isn’t just a physical wreck. The psychological damage is even worse.James S. Gordon - The Wadhington Post - “The psychological damage is even greater,” says El Najaar, who is leading some local reconstruction efforts. “And it will take much longer and be far harder to repair.” It’s a tragically common refrain here — from political leaders, homeless women, university officials and my own team of trauma counselors from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.-rh5/11/2014
Gaza: The Murderous MelodramaDavid Shulman - The New York Review of Books - Hamas, battered, isolated, and impoverished, had little to lose and, as things turned out, much to gain in popular support by launching missiles and mortars at Israel and inviting another round of severe Israeli punishment. Benjamin Netanyahu, by ordering a large-scale attack on Hamas activists and institutions on the West Bank in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on June 12, gladly accepted the invitation.-rh5/11/2014
Newsletter 03 Nov. 2014B`Tselem - It is the gradual, creeping impact of the occupation that we present in our new report on the village of Burqah: B’Tselem’s first comprehensive attempt to examine the occupation’s effect on the development of a single Palestinian village.-rh5/11/2014
Israeli forces displayed ‘callous indifference’ in deadly attacks on family homes in GazaAmnesty International - Israeli forces have killed scores of Palestinian civilians in attacks targeting houses full of families which in some cases have amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International has disclosed in a new report on the latest Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip.-rh5/11/2014
Israeli forces demolish Palestinian homes in SilwanMa`an - One building belonged to former Palestinian prisoner Khalil Abu Rajab, who told Ma`an Israeli troops and intelligence officers escorted bulldozers to the Wadi Yasoul area and proceeded to knock down the walls of the building without allowing the family to remove property. The demolition came without any prior notice, while his lawyer had been trying to obtain the proper license for the building.[bz]4/11/2014
Israel demolishes 3 Palestinian homes near NablusMa`an - The area around Aqraba has been subject to multiple demolitions over the past few months, with Israeli soldiers destroying over 80 electricity pylons and wires in September and four houses in August. On Oct. 21, settlers set up two new outposts near Aqraba after confiscating hundreds of dunams of land. [bz] 4/11/2014
At Least 19 Palestinians Kidnapped In JerusalemIMEMC & Agencies - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded various communities in occupied East Jerusalem, stormed dozens of homes and ransacked them, and kidnapped at least 19 Palestinians, including children. Army also kidnapped a Palestinian woman in Jenin" [ry]3/11/2014
The fraud that is the Temple Mount movementLarry Derfner--Following the murder attempt on Yehuda Glick, the claim is being made – and getting a more sympathetic hearing than usual – that he and his colleagues have been leading a civil rights movement for Jews. Don’t believe it. dn1/11/2014
Meet the Israelis Picking Palestinian OlivesPalestine Chronicle--(IRIN) It is still dark when the minibus rolls into Jerusalem, picking up Israelis bound for occupied Palestinian land. Their leader, a rabbi, dons a shawl and quietly prays in the back seat. dn1/11/2014
Neglect, provocation feed East Jerusalem unrestShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - “NGOs like Lehava, El’ad and Ateret Cohanim buy houses in sensitive, even strategic, areas of the neighborhood. Even when the purchase is legal, members of these NGOs move into the houses with great fanfare and parades, irritating the Arab residents with provocations, that here they come to ‘Jewify’ Arab Silwan.-rh 30/10/2014
The Genius Of Israeli Evil: It Poses As ConcernAmira Hass - Information Clearing House - Our compassionate and generous army allows tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank to work their land for only three or four or five days per year in order to protect them from attacks by Israelis, colonizers, settlers – in short, Jews. For the rest of the year, the land is a mirage.-rh 29/10/2014
Fatah’s Revolutionary Council grapples with growing issuesAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - The last meeting of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council held in Ramallah on Oct. 18-19 and presided over by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas enjoyed exceptional importance, distinguishing it from previous meetings. This meeting discussed vital internal and external issues related to the relationship with Israel, the future of bilateral negotiations, the fate of reconciliation with Hamas and the consensus government, as well as the settlement of Fatah’s internal dispute with Mohammed Dahlan’s movement.-rh 29/10/2014
Israeli restrictions on movement strangle Palestinian lifeDaoud Kuttab - Ma`an News Agency - But for many Palestinians living in the besieged homeland, the right to movement guaranteed in the University Declaration of Human Rights (Article 13) is just ink on paper.-rh29/10/2014
Government must take responsibility for Jerusalem terrorShimon Shiffer - Ynet News - I would like to suggest that all those who are responding, from the prime minister to the very last minister, stop babbling. Take responsibility.-rh 29/10/2014
Jerusalem, the Capital of Apartheid, Awaits the UprisingGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - When the next wave of terror emerges from the alleys of East Jerusalem, Israelis will pretend to be astonished and furious. But the truth must be told: Despite Wednesday’s shocking incident, the Palestinians are turning out to be one of the most tolerant nations in history. Mass arrests, violent settlers, deprivation, expulsion, neglect, dispossession — and they remain silent, except for the recent protest of the stones.-rh 29/10/2014
Israel denies barring Palestinians from busesBy AFP and Times of Israel staff - The Times of Israel "B’Tselem, a rights group affiliated with the left, accused the defense minister of succumbing to pressure from settler groups, and charged that the order was intended to create segregated Jewish-only bus routes...Some Jewish settler leaders have lobbied for such a move, claiming that Jewish passengers feel uncomfortable riding alongside the Palestinians as both return to their West Bank homes at day’s end." ca 29/10/2014
Children pay with their lives in Palestinian-Israeli tensionsBen Brumfield - CNN "In Ramallah, Palestinians are angry and are expected to take their grief to the streets marching beside the casket of Orwa Hammad, 14, whose father lives in New Orleans, where he also spent a year, according to The Times-Picayune newspaper." ca29/10/2014
Official: Unilateral Israeli actions will lead to `explosion`Ma`an News Agency - "The announcement by Israel`s housing minister, Uri Ariel, who is already a settler, of his intent to occupy a seized Palestinian home in Silwan is just another shocking reminder of Israel`s accelerating efforts to forcibly displace Palestinians from Jerusalem and turn the Holy City of three faiths into an exclusive Jewish city."... Erekat also urged divestment from all companies linked directly or indirectly to the "Israeli occupation, colonization, and Apartheid policies." ca 29/10/2014
House Demolition in Umm al-Kheir October 27 2014Erella and Ehud - These last actions are part of an ongoing wave of house demolitions carried out by the Israeli Civil Administration and Army that seek to drive out the inhabitants of the western parts of Umm al Kheir that have been living there for more than sixty years. The main cause for these actions is the proximity of Um Al Kheir to Karmel, the Israeli settlement that was built some thirty years ago.-rh 29/10/2014
900 Palestinians Detained in East Jerusalem Alternative Information Center - IMEMC - Israel has detained 900 Palestinians from East Jerusalem and pressed charges against 300 of them since the July 2 murder of East Jerusalem teen Mohammad Abu Khdeir, according to Israel`s public security minister as reported by the settler-affiliated news site Arutz 7. [bz]28/10/2014
Samra Popular School threatened with demolitionJordan Valley Solidarity has been working with this small farming community to build a local school (...) of mud bricks that could be used for the children of Samra, Al Hadidiya, Mak-hul, Humsa and Ein al Hilwa. These are farming communities which have been subject to repeated harassment and attack from settlers and the occupation forces. The Palestinian families in all these communities are forced to live in makeshift shelters and tents, and are repeatedly subjected to the destruction of their homes, or evacuated so the occupation forces can carry out military training exercises on their land. They have no electricity and currently have no running water. ak28/10/2014
Continuous invasions by settlers spoil the joy of Palestinians’ olive harvestAmira Hass--A once-annual visit is all the villagers of Deir al-Hatab get to see whether squatters have invaded their land. dn26/10/2014
Prisoners Suffer Intolerable Health ConditionsIMEMC - "... a PPC lawyer recently stated, via press release, that 288 prisoners in ‘Eshel’ Prison suffer from health conditions which are quite severe. Another issue noted is that of the spread of bugs and insects, inside the prison." ca24/10/2014
For the Israeli media, Gazan lives are little more than expendable Haggai Matar - +972 "the Yedioth Ahronoth daily did not even report on the deaths of the family. Not a single word has been written about the bombing since. Even media outlets that initially reported on the deaths of the family members did not come back and demand answers from the army.And really, why should they demand them? It’s just another incident, after all. Another family. One of more than 70 families who were bombed in a similar fashion, some of them much larger." ca 24/10/2014
Israeli Government Completes Plan to Impose Sovereignty on Area CIMEMC - "According to Israeli sources, the state has completed a plan, in the works since April of 2013, to impose its sovereignty over occupied Area C.Local sources say that Israel intends to put this plan into effect in November, to coincide with the Palestinian efforts in the United Nations." ca 24/10/2014
Israel confiscates 20 dunams of Palestinian land near SalfitMa`an News Agency - "Israeli bulldozers began razing 20 dunums of agricultural lands in the Palestinian village of Haris near Barqan settlement on Thursday, while locals said dozens of Israelis from the nearby Jewish settlement came to help destroy the fields." ca24/10/2014
Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killersAllison Deger - Mondoweiss -Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances.-rh23/10/2014
Donor pledges not enough to rehabilitate GazaOmar Shaban - Al-Monitor - The Palestinian Authority needs at least $15 billion to properly restore Gaza’s economy, while donors have only pledged $5.4 billion for interim reconstruction.-rh 23/10/2014
Human Rights Defender Abdallah Abu Rahma receives guilty verdict from military courtInternational Solidarity Movement - Press Release - “Demonstrating against the occupation cannot be a criminal offence. Finding Abdallah guilty only shows that the [Israeli] military force is a tool to perpetuate the occupation.” Stated Gabi Lasky, lawyer of Abdallah Abu Rahma, to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).-rh 23/10/2014
For near identical crimes, an Israeli and a Palestinian’s fate couldn’t be more differentJohn Brown - +972 - A Palestinian hit-and-run suspect is sent to prison and winds up dead; a Jewish suspected of a similar but deadlier crime in the West Bank is sent home to his family.-rh 23/10/2014
Police: Infant killed in Jerusalem attack, Palestinian driver shot Ma`an News Agency - An Israeli infant died and at least eight others were injured when a Palestinian driver slammed his car into a light rail station in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli officials said.-rh23/10/2014
The Other is Nothing but a Target in the Rifle ScopeTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - After the murder of the two teenagers in Beitunia by a bored soldier and the abduction of the Muhammad Abu-Khdeir, the boy who was burnt alive, the winds in Palestine and East Jerusalem began to stir and the youngsters began holding protests more often, additional surveillance cameras were installed on the top of the tower overlooking the refugee camp and next to them were placed projectors which during all hours of the day light both the public and the privet sphere with an intrusive bright green light.-rh 22/10/2014
Palestinian man successfully harvests olives for the first time in 14 yearsFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "So this year I am so happy, this year we have the permit today 20th of October and with the coordination with ISM we have managed to harvest the olives. I am so happy that I have managed for the first time to get the olives." - id22/10/2014
Homes Raided West of Ramallah, TV Cameraman AssaultedAgencies - IMEMC - "Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports that, according to witnesses, Israeli soldiers stormed the village at dawn, violently raiding dozens of houses, taking photos and checking residents` IDs." - id 22/10/2014
Gazans at risk as winter loomsRasha Abou Jalal - Al-Monitor - Every day, Mohammed Maqadima, 14, must carry water in gallon bottles from a water tank 500 meters (546 yards) from his home in the Sha`af neighborhood east of Gaza City. This is so his mother can do the housework. He also spends hours collecting firewood for heating, with the weather getting colder as winter approaches.-rh 22/10/2014
Israeli forces demolish 3 Jerusalem houses, leaving 23 homelessMa`an - Al-Zari said the houses and structures were built in the 80s, and that the family had been attempting to obtain the necessary permits and licenses from the Israeli civil administration for years. He said the family had paid over 150,000 shekels (about $40,000) for lawyers and engineers in order to escape demolition, "but to no avail." [bz]21/10/2014
Video: Soldiers detain developmentally-disabled child in Hebron, 19 Oct. 2014B`Tselem - Handcuffed and blindfolded, the 11-year old boy was held on the floor of an army jeep for some 15 minutes until his father arrived and convinced the soldiers to release his son, who is mentally disabled and cannot speak. [bz]21/10/2014
5-year-old Palestinian girl hit by settler car succumbs to woundsMa`an News Agency - "Einas Khalil, five, died after being hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler near the central West Bank town of Sinjil" [ry]20/10/2014
The forgotten exiles of the Church of the NativityAmira Hass--In 2002, 26 Palestinians were exiled to Gaza after an Israeli five-and-a-half-week siege on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Twelve years later, the exiles and their families are still awaiting their promised return to the West Bank, their hopes pinned on the faltering Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. dn19/10/2014
The fighting family from East JerusalemGideon Levy and Alex Levac--Tareq Issawi shows us a photograph – his daughter and two of his sons. It’s a rare shot. In recent years, the Issawi family has rarely been able to be all together: One of them is always in an Israeli prison. This photo was taken during a window of opportunity a year or so ago, one that lasted only a few weeks. Samer Issawi had been freed following his prolonged hunger strike, while Shireen and her brother Medhat had been released earlier. Now all three are again incarcerated.dn19/10/2014
Thousands Attend Funeral of Slain Palestinian ChildIMEMC - In the central West Bank village of Beit Laqiya, this Friday, thousands of people attended the funeral of 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Thursday. Further restrictions imposed on al-Aqsa Mosque have forced thousands of people into the streets of occupied East Jerusalem for Friday prayer. [bz]18/10/2014
AP’s veteran Gaza reporter leaves home to preserve belief in co-existenceRon Kampeas--The Gaza of Ibrahim Barzak`s youth, of weekend trips to Israeli cities, is gone, and the journalist`s sons know nothing about who is across the border. After his house was destroyed for the third time in 8 years, he knew it was time to leave. dn16/10/2014
Gaza reconstruction facing obstacles despite aidKevin Connolly - BBC News - "However quickly and completely those donor nations cough up the cash, the truth is that without some sort of political progress between Israel and the Palestinians - of which there is absolutely no sign - there is no guarantee that anything rebuilt in Gaza this year or next year won`t simply be destroyed again in the next conflict." - id 16/10/2014
Keep Rani Burnat RollingHelp replace Rani Burnat`s wheelchair and camera broken by Israeli soldiers in Bil`in Village, West Bank16/10/2014
Stories from Burin during the olive harvestISM - International Solidarity Movement - "Abu Ali, 40 years old: “Settlers from the settlements around us (Arusat, Brahay and Itshar) attack us while we are picking olives. We need international volunteers to help us reach our land and see the troubles the Palestinian farmers face. We don’t want our children to go through what we went through.”" - id 15/10/2014
Settlers torch mosque near NablusMa`an - A group of settlers broke the doors and windows of the Abu Baker al-Saddiq mosque and vandalized the interior with racist slogans. The settlers then set fire to part of the mosque before being chased away by Palestinian villagers. [bz]14/10/2014
Civil Administration destroys power grid in Khirbet a-Twayel, the Jordan ValleyB`Tselem - "On 29 Sept. 2014, the Civil Administration destroyed the internal power grid of the Khirbet a-Twayel shepherding community in the Jordan Valley. Civil Administration representatives sawed down dozens of electricity poles and cut the wires" [ry]13/10/2014
Watch! Occupation forces` impotence in face of settlersTaayush - Israeli police and paramilitary police treat settlers blocking road in South Hebron Hills in September 2014 with great gentleness - video. gm11/10/2014
Israel renews detention without charge of 6 Palestinian MP`sMa`an News Agency - "As of mid-September, 33 Palestinian MPs and two minister were being held in detention by Israel. The majority of the parliament members currently being held by Israel were arrested in June and July, as authorities arrested en masse any individuals related to Hamas after the disappearance of three Israelis from a Jewish-only settlement near Bethlehem.More than 7,000 Palestinians are currently being held by Israel, including around 500 in administrative detention without charge or trial." ca10/10/2014
UNRWA asks for record $1.6b in aid to `rebuild Gaza` AFP - Ynet News "Ahead of donor conference to rehabilitate Strip of war with Israel, UN Palestinian body makes `largest single ask in UNRWA`s 64-year history` " ca 10/10/2014
Washington Prompts Israel to Aid in Gaza ReconstructionIMEMC News & Agencies - "The US State Department asserted, on Thursday, that Israel must contribute to Gaza`s reconstruction, following the devastating assault on the besieged coastal enclave, this past summer." ca10/10/2014
After Years of Hamas Control, Gaza Is Scene of Palestinian Cabinet MeetingFARES AKRAM and ISABEL KERSHNER - NYT "The display of Palestinian unity was largely intended to inspire confidence ahead of an international donors’ conference for the reconstruction of Gaza, to be held in Cairo on Sunday." CA10/10/2014
Israeli Police Confiscate Identity Cards of Gaza Worshipers at AqsaMa`an News Agency - "Israeli police on Tuesday confiscated the identity cards of Palestinian worshipers from Gaza who were praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, witnesses said." CA 10/10/2014
Israel Hands Orders Against Nine Homes In BethlehemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israel largely denies construction permits to Palestinian families in their own lands in Area C (approximately 61% of the West Bank) under full Israeli military and security control. While the Palestinians are losing their lands and orchards in Area C, they are denied access to what is left of their lands that became isolated behind the Annexation Wall, and are not allowed to build." - id8/10/2014
Two arrests, three detentions and over 100 tear gas grenades used against children in Hebron since the school year beganISM - International Solidarity Movement - "“The children are having problems concentrating on their school work due to their emotional state and the stress due to the daily attacks by the occupation forces, which are continuously escalating.” Stated Hebron teacher, Shukri Zaroo." - id8/10/2014
Jordan Valley village threatened with repeated demolitionIMEMC - On Sunday Israeli soldiers entered the village of Khirbet Um al-Jimal, in the Jordan Valley east of Tubas, took photos and verbally notified the residents of the military government`s intention to demolish their homes. No a specific implementation date was given, such demolitions are usually carried out by surprise. Israeli forces have already demolished this locale several times in the past years, yet residents keep rebuilding it, refusing to leave their land. Israeli government policies aim to empty the Jordan Valley of Palestinian residents, who are mainly Bedouin, due to plans to keep the area under Israeli control. ak7/10/2014
Dozens of olive trees destroyed in West Bank in run-up to harvestElior Levy, Itay Blumenthal - Ynet - Trees destroyed in two locations in northern West Bankin suspected price tag attacks; Hebrew graffiti discovered at one site; settler leader: This is blood libel by far-left groups trying to frame us. A spokesperson from the Yesh Din organization said that, "the Palestinians were working there as part of their harvest, in full coordination with the army, when they discovered the destruction of the trees." [bz]6/10/2014
Israel’s water war crimesMuna Dajani--There is a war going on and it long predates Israel’s summer Gaza onslaught. It is a war on water, and it runs deep. For the last decade, Israel has been carrying out a systemic and willful campaign to deny Palestinians access to clean water. dn5/10/2014
Why must Gaza wait in the dark?Sam Bahour--Separating Gaza’s electricity supply from the political conflict is a step long overdue. dn5/10/2014
The dehydration of economic peaceCorey Sherman - +972 "The irony of Rawabi is that everyone, in both Israel and Palestine, seems to want it to happen. Nevertheless, Palestine’s first planned city still lacks a stable water connection, its continued cash flow is threatened and despite their best intentions, interested parties the globe-over cannot bring the project any farther forward. Officials involved in the project say a political power play — part of Netanyahu’s bid to undermine the Palestinian unity government — is the only thing stopping the water from flowing." ca3/10/2014
DCI Files Complaints on behalf of Palestinian Teens held by IsraelMa`an News Agency - "According to a 2013 report by the UN`s Children`s Fund, Israel is the only country in the world where children are systematically tried in military courts and subjected to "cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment." ca 3/10/2014
First Cabinet Meeting of Unity Govt to be held in Gaza after EidMa`an News Agency - "Hussein al-Sheikh, Minister of Civil Affairs, told Ma`an that the meeting is an important indicator of the agreement last week between Fatah and Hamas to let the unity government take control of Gaza.It will also show Palestinians that the unity government is ready to provide services to citizens in Gaza, he added." ca 3/10/2014
If talks fail, Hamas says it will not return to warAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - “The failure of negotiations in Cairo and not lifting the blockade could lead to another war, even though we do not want this. I think that the Israelis do not want to see this war happen again,” said Abu Marzouk.-rh 2/10/2014
Army Kidnaps 10 Palestinians In West BankSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "....the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs and concussion grenades." - id 1/10/2014
Abbas makes last-ditch effort to win Palestinian independenceDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is possibly making his last effort to try to bring about an independent state. The odds are against him, but he has a plan and he appears to be set to giving it his last best shot.-rh 1/10/2014
Violence and detention of children in HebronInternational Solidarity Movement - “Around three young boys ran towards the checkpoint and threw stones towards the armed Israeli soldiers. They then fired a tear gas grenade towards the the children walking to school, forcing them to run through clouds of gas. This continued for around 40 minutes, with several more children throwing stones and two more tear gas grenades being fired.-rh1/10/2014
Newsletter 22 Sep. 2014B`Tselem - Israel’s last military operation in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, ended over a month ago. In the course of the fighting, B’Tselem received reports of grave harm to civilians. In some cases, Israel violated international humanitarian law; in many others, breaches of the law are suspected.-rh1/10/2014
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