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Tencent, Singulato, Cancel Visits to Israel Following Jerusalem Travel WarningAmarelle Wenkert and Orr Hirschauge - The Calcalist - Business delegations from Japan and China canceled planned visits to Israel this week due to safety concerns following a Wednesday announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump stating the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The announcement drew criticism from world leaders, and was followed by protests in Israel and elsewhere. -rh13/12/2017
After Jerusalem, the US Can No Longer Pretend to Be an Honest Broker of Peace : But that might not be a bad thing.Rashid Khalidi - The Nation - Every dark cloud has a silver lining. The torrent of complex problems that Donald Trump has unleashed by his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will plague United States policy and Middle East peace-making for many years. You cannot un- recognize a capital once you have recognized it. Whatever caveats he may offer, Trump has effectively accepted Israel’s annexation of vast swaths of the occupied West Bank into greater Jerusalem, and its declaration of this entire zone as its “eternal undivided capital.”-rh13/12/2017
How corporate media tacitly justify the murder of Palestinian childrenSteven Salaita - Mondoweiss - On Friday, Israel commenced yet another bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip. The Independent (London) began its report with a note from the IDF that it had “bombed militant targets.” The story then explained that six children were injured. The third paragraph completed the picture: “The Israeli military said it had carried out the strikes on a Hamas training camp and on a weapons depot in response to rockets fired earlier from Gaza at Israeli towns. Witnesses told Reuters that most of the wounded were residents of a building near the camp.” What first looks like standard reportage—a delivery of apparent facts, complete with views from both sides—is actually stock dissimulation that (intentionally or not) confers responsibility for harming children not on the Israeli bombers, but on the people who endured their detonation. A more pessimistic reading can make a reasonable case that the Independent actually blames the children for their own injuries.-rh 13/12/2017
Arab leaders plan major response to Trump`s Jerusalem move Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Arabs and Muslims are responding with both actions and reactions to the decision of the Donald Trump administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While public protests have engulfed countries as close as Jordan and as far away as Morocco and Indonesia, political leaders are searching for actions they can take to respond to the unexpected large public protests and demands for action.-rh 13/12/2017
Artists boost Gaza’s morale with music, comedyHuda Baroud - Al-Monitor - “The main goal of the festival was to give artists in Gaza the chance to show off their work to the Palestinian public, which is keen to hear music,” Ismail Daoud, a well-known Palestinian musician and professor at the conservatory, told Al- Monitor. “The Edward Said Conservatory is the only institution organizing regular music festivals in the Gaza Strip.”-rh 13/12/2017
Health Ministry: Two Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling on GazaPNN - Palestine News Network - "The Palestinian ministry of Health announced that two youths were killed after an Israeli scouting plane in Beit Lahia town, northern Gaza strip. The ministry said that the two bodies of martyrs were moved to the Indonesian Hospital in the strip, while another youth is still suffering injuries. By Saturday, four other  Gazans were killed in the clashes that broke out in Khan Younis city in the strip." - id 13/12/2017
Israeli Violence Against Civilians, Press Continues Through Weekend in Hebronal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "On Friday alone, between 15 and 20 Palestinian minors were arrested, including at least five that weren’t involved in the clashes, one of which was taken straight from his home. Of the five boys that ISM activists witnessed being arrested, four of them were brutally beaten by large groups of soldiers after they were subdued and handcuffed and posed no threat to the soldiers." - id13/12/2017
An Arab NightmareRobert Fisk - Information Clearing House - Amid three catastrophic Middle East wars, it would be difficult to imagine anything more provocative, dangerous – or just plain insane – than for the Americans to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Yet that is just what Donald Trump is this week thinking of doing. In a way, we should have expected this: mad presidents do mad things. For it’s not that the embassy itself is just a symbolic move. It means that the United States would acknowledge that the city of Jerusalem, sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians, is the capital of the Israeli state, and that the Palestinians can never share it-rh13/12/2017
Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinains overnight from West Bank, East JerusalemMa`an - In occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained five Palestinians, according to locals. In the Shufat Refugee camp, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians. They were identified as Nizar Muhammad Ali, Ammar Abu al-Saad, and Zaki Muhammad Ali. Another resident of the camp, identified as Ahmad al-Rajabi, was detained by israeli forces while he was walking on Salah al-Din Street near the Old City late Monday night. Also on Monday night, Israeli forces detained Moussa Jamal Qadamani after shooting and injuring him with live fire during clashes in the al-Suwwana neighborhood of East Jerusalem. [bz]12/12/2017
Protests across the West Bank and Jerusalem attacked by Israeli military; 50 injuredIMEMEC- "Following Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday that Jerusalem is an Israeli city, effectively denying the rights of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who have lived there since time immemorial, protests erupted in cities and towns across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip." CA8/12/2017
Settlement Pollutes Palestinian Olive Groves With Sewage WaterNablus team - International Solidarity Movement - "The farmers in South Bruqin have had to face the difficulties living next to, and having land stolen by, the illegal settlement of Bruchin since 2000. The last eastern expansion of the settlement led not only to a new settler road cutting through the Palestinians olive grove, but also a river of sewage water running through the hills." - id 6/12/2017
Navy Abducts 5 Fishermen and Seizes Boats in Gaza IMEMC - "The captain, fisherman Amjad al-Shrafi, said that the boat was owned by fisherman Khamis Abu al-Sadiq, and  that occupation forces took the five fishermen working on the boat to an unknown destination." - id 6/12/2017
Imprisoned Human Rights Defender in Military CourtInternational Solidarity Movement - Abdullah, a leading non violent activist and human rights defender has has been held in military prison since the occupation forces raided his village, Bil’in, and took him from his home in the middle of the night on the 19th of November, 2017. Abdullah was handcuffed, gagged and his hand were tied to the roof of the jeep. Since then, two military judges have conceded that Abdullah is not dangerous and should be released on certain conditions, but the military prosecution is intent on making sure he remains in detention, and has continued to hold him without regard to due process. Tomorrow’s hearing will be to determine if Abdullah has broken conditions set for his release by a military judge after his arrest from the Alwada Cycling Marathon on Nakba Day, the 13th of May, 2016.-rh6/12/2017
December 2, 2017 Umm al-Amad, Ma‘inDavid Shulman - Touching Photographs - On the way to Umm al-Khair we stop at Ma‘in and climb the hill to where the owners were digging shallow pits for planting baby olive trees, a few days back. The settlers of Avigail, across the highway, must have summoned the soldiers. This time they arrested ten Palestinians, accusing them of digging in an “archaeological site.” There is no square meter in Palestine-Israel that is not an archaeological site. A new and ominous pretext, potentially useful for stealing land. They kept their prisoners all day and released them in the evening. This story, like Umm al-Amad’s, isn’t over yet. One thing I can say. Things are getting worse.-rh6/12/2017
East Jerusalem ‘Must Be Recognized as Capital of Independent Palestine,’ Insists PAThe Palestine Chronicle - Any just solution [for the Israeli- Palestinian conflict] must recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state, a spokesman of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas insisted on Friday.“Tension and chaos will continue dominating the region and the world as long as the Palestinian issue remains unresolved,” Nabil Abu-Rudeineh told Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority news agency, adding: “The international legitimacy, which recognized the state of Palestine in the UN General Assembly on November 29, 2012 and delegitimized the occupation, will alone create an appropriate atmosphere for resolving all the crises in the region and regain the balance of US-Arab relations.”-rh6/12/2017
Resource: Exploiting Palestinian land to treat Israeli wasteB`Tselem - +972 Resources - A new B’Tselem report reveals that a significant portion of Israel’s waste treatment system is located outside its sovereign borders, in the West Bank. Because Israel has set out less stringent environmental regulations for industrial zones in settlements and even offers financial incentives such as tax breaks and government subsidies, it is now more profitable to build and operate waste treatment facilities in the West Bank than inside Israel. The lax regulatory standards there increase potential environmental and health hazards for West Bank residents. B’Tselem research has found that there are at least fifteen Israeli waste treatment facilities in the West Bank.-rh6/12/2017
Made in Israel: Exploiting Palestinian Land for Treatment of Israeli WasteB’Tselem - Abusing its status as an occupying power, Israel has set out less stringent environmental regulations in industrial zones in settlements than in Israel`s own territory, and even offers the polluters financial incentives such as tax breaks and government subsidies. There are at least fifteen Israeli waste treatment facilities in the West Bank. Most of the waste they process is produced in Israel. Six of the facilities handle hazardous waste, including infectious medical waste, used oils and solvents, metals, batteries and electronic industry byproducts – and one which processes sewage sludge. International standards in this field address the transfer of waste from the territory of one sovereign state to another. However, transferring waste into an occupied territory is a far graver issue, as residents of an occupied territory cannot oppose the decisions of the occupying power, and are entirely at its mercy. [ak]5/12/2017
`It took them 10 minutes to destroy what I built in a lifetime`Orly Noy - +972 - “I have been submitting requests to delay the demolition since 2010,” says Issam, father of eight. “The demolition order applied to the 30 meters around the house. I told them several times that I would demolish those 30 meters by myself. They told me ‘don’t do anything.’ Last Wednesday they came unannounced and began demolishing. I told their work manager that the order only applied to the 30 meters. He responded, ‘don’t even talk to me, I know what to do,’ and destroyed the entire house. (...) My wife stood by and cried, she begged them to at least let us remove a few things from the house, but they did not allow it.” The olive, apple, and lemon trees that stood in the yard were also destroyed in the melee. (...) Later, as we stand at the gate outside the home, six-year-old Nour walks up to me and says in a near-whisper: “The bicycle, too."[bz]5/12/2017
Israeli forces detain Palestinian lawyer from his homeMa`an - Israeli authorities on Monday detained the Head of the Legal Department at the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, Iyad Misk, from his home in the town of Kafr Aqab, central occupied West Bank. Rights groups have long criticized Israel for arbitrary detentions of Palestinian activists in an attempt to stifle Palestinian political life. [bz]5/12/2017
Video: Bedouin community resists imminent house demolitions and Israel’s E1 projectMondoweiss editors - The residents of Jabal Al-Baba Bedouin community, east of Occupied Jerusalem held a rally a week after receiving an eviction notice from the Israeli authorities. The protest, in cooperation with the Avazz organisation and international activists aimed to send the message they are refusing Israeli orders and are determined to remain on their land.-rh29/11/2017
INTERVIEW: Ilan Pappé: How Israel turned Palestine into the biggest prison on earthMustafa Abu Sneineh - Middle East Eye - In May 1967, weeks before the war, Israeli military governors received boxes that contained legal and military instructions on how to control the Palestinian towns and villages. Israel would go on to transform the West Bank and Gaza Strip into mega prisons under military rule and surveillance. Settlements, checkpoints and collective punishment were part of this plan, as the Israeli historian Ilan Pappé shows in The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories, an in-depth account of the Israeli occupation.-rh29/11/2017
Ashrawi: Israel’s denial of Palestinian independence will increase damage to the security and stability of the regionPNN - Palestine News Network - "Israel has generated and institutionalized a culture of racism, extremism, lawlessness, and violence. The violations include Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise in and around Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank, the theft of Palestinian land and resources, collective punishments including home demolitions, summary executions, the prolonged siege of Gaza, the eviction of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem and the revocation of their IDs, the ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian prisoners including arbitrary solitary confinements, the extreme and unjust use of administrative detention and other illegal measures." - id29/11/2017
In Photos: Daily struggle of Palestinian workers at Checkpoint 300MA’AN NEWS AGENCY - BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- In the early hours of the morning, typically before dawn, hundreds of Palestinians in the southern occupied West Bank must endure long waits at the 300 checkpoint, one of the only access points Palestinians from the southern West Bank have to Jerusalem and Israel. Palestinians crowd into the cement- and metal-barred walkways, push through turnstiles, pass a metal detector, and show their IDs and permits to Israeli soldiers in order to travel to Israel for work . The process can at times take hours and cold winter temperatures coupled with hours of waiting time means frustrations are high.-rh29/11/2017
Former Israeli Minister ‘Proud’ of Killing Most PalestiniansPalestine Chronicle - Moshe Ya’alon, Israeli Defense Minister from 2002 to 2005, said that he is “proud” of being the official that killed the most Palestinians, according to Safa News agency. After characterizing Palestinians and Arabs as “terrorists,” according to the Middle East Monitor, Ya’alon added that he topped the list among all Israeli government officials in killings of Palestinians during a meeting held in Herzliya over the weekend.-rh29/11/2017
“Sometimes patients die”: Barriers facing Palestinian ambulances entering East JerusalemMAP Medical Aid for Palestinians - With many medical specialties such as radiotherapy and heart surgery only available in Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem, it is vital that patients are able to travel there unimpeded.-rh29/11/2017
A Call for Solidarity from Kufr AqabIMEMCnews - Six residential buildings in the Kufr Aqab neighbourhood, in Jerusalem, are currently facing demolition orders by Israeli authorities. The neighbourhood is the northernmost part of Jerusalem, but is separated from the rest of Jerusalem by the Apartheid Wall. Most of the residents have Jerusalem IDs allowing them to enter the city, which sets them apart from most of the Palestinians living in the West Bank.-rh29/11/2017
How Can Palestinian Reconciliation Efforts Save the National Project?Wajjeh Abu Zarifa - Alshabaka - Israel believes the current attempt at reconciliation is doomed to fail like the 11 before it (whose failure it often helped to ensure). However, should this attempt succeed, Israel is waiting to see how the process will be implemented on the ground, and how it can manipulate it to serve its security interests. Israel wants to see the PA in full control of the Strip and apply the same policies it does in the West Bank, particularly with regard to security coordination and prevention of attacks against it. In such a scenario, Israel would effectively regain ultimate security control over Gaza and avoid having to make concessions (albeit short lived) in exchange for a truce with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and their allies. Control of the border crossings by the PA’s security forces would guarantee stability in adjacent Israeli settlements, prevent smuggling of weapons into Gaza, and could lead to a Palestinian effort to disarm the resistance groups.-rh29/11/2017
Coalition MKs seek to triple cost of High Court petitions for PalestiniansSue Surkes - Times of Israel - Palestinians and organizations representing them would pay three times as much as Israelis to petition the High Court, under a proposal on the agenda for a Knesset committee debate on Wednesday. The bid to raise the fee from NIS 1,786 ($510) to NIS 5,400 ($1,540) aims to curb what its lead proponent, Likud MK Yoav Kisch, told the Haaretz newspaper was a “legal intifada” (uprising) being waged by Palestinians and their representatives in “flooding” the High Court with petitions against the demolition of houses built without permits. [bz]28/11/2017
Palestinian PM Hamdallah: Israeli plans to forcibly transfer Bedouins in E1 `cross a red line`Ma’an - Earlier this month, Israeli forces distributed evacuation notices to all 300 Palestinian residents of the village in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, saying the residents had eight days to move to a “relocation site” designated for them by Israeli authorities. The plan would not only disconnect occupied East Jerusalem from the West Bank, but also “complete a stretch of illegal settlements from East Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, severing the West Bank into two for Palestinians. The village is populated by some 55 Bedouin families who have inhabited the area for 65 years -- after being forced out of their original lands in 1948 when Israel was created. [bz]28/11/2017
US senator meets with Palestinian students at Al-Quds UniversityMa`an News Agency - "United States Senator Kamala Harris visited Al-Quds University in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, where she sat down with a group of female students who shared their experiences of living in occupied Palestinian territory.According to a press release from the university, after briefing the students on her background and career, Harris listened as the students took turns speaking about their experiences at the university.Harris reportedly told the students that she had driven by Israel’s illegal separation wall on her way to to the university, and asked the students if the wall presented “a real barrier” to their movement.“The classroom unanimously exclaimed ‘yes’, and expressed their anger about the restrictions imposed on them by the Israeli authorities,” the statement said." ca 24/11/2017
‘Invisible Walls Of Occupation’ Shows A Different Side Of Palestinian Life Daniel Witkin - Forward - However, “Invisible Walls” is not about the settlers, the military, or the Israeli state, but rather about Burqah and its residents. The occupation registers predominately in the ways it makes life worse — in daily anxieties, lowered expectations, and a shared degradation. Yet for all the bleakness it depicts, the project is not without a constitutive modicum of hope. It may not deliver the residents from their invisible prison, but it represents a modest step towards an eventual escape from invisibility itself.-rh 22/11/2017
The colour-coded Israeli ID system for PalestiniansLinah Alsaafin - Aljazeera - The clear delineator that has separated and dictated the lives of these Palestinians is the colour-coded identification system issued by the Israeli military and reinforced in 1981 through its Civil Administration branch. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip have green IDs - generally issued once they turn 16 - while Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Israel have blue IDs. The cards affect everything from freedom of movement to family unity.-rh22/11/2017
Struggle for basic rights within binational state has begun and we will win’ –Shulman in ‘NYRB’Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - “[A]lready one can hear the beginning notes of a chorus that may eventually drown out most other voices in the territories. If there is to be no peace between the two states west of the Jordan River, then, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in his speech at the UN in September, “Neither you [the peoples of the world], nor we, will have any other choice but to continue the struggle and demand full, equal rights for all inhabitants of historic Palestine.” Indeed, the struggle for basic rights within a single binational state has already begun. Israeli activists, having despaired of a solution based on radical separation, will certainly join in. It will look something like the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa or the American civil rights movement, and sooner or later, at whatever cost, we will win."-rh22/11/2017
Gazans worried as Rafah crossing to closeMalcolm Webb - Al Jazeera - "Hundreds have passed into Egypt since the crossing opened on Saturday, but there is frustration among many more who have not yet crossed, many of them students trying to reach universities abroad. Israel and Egypt`s blockade of Gaza has meant the crossing has been closed for most of the last decade." - id 22/11/2017
Save the Children: Rights of Children being ‘Eroded’ from the oPt IMEMC - "55 Palestinian schools in Area C, the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civilian and security control, are under threat of demolition by Israeli forces. “Distance, risky roads, the presence of settlers or of military checkpoints had presented insurmountable challenges for many children to reach the nearest schools.”" - id22/11/2017
Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: ‘We just want to live`Keren Manor - Activestills - +972 - "Three hundred Palestinians have been ordered to leave their homes and take with them all their belongings within the next eight days. Where are they supposed to go? The military order provides no answers. In the meantime, they wait for the rain that refuses to come." - id 22/11/2017
Israel arrests 19 Palestinians including 6 Fatah activists taken for interrogationPNN - Palestine News Network - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched a large-scale arrest campaign at dawn on Tuesday arresting 19 people most of them in Jerusalem and targeted girls and leaders from Jerusalem." - id "22/11/2017
Israel has good reason to fear ICCAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - It`s hard to fathom why the US administration rushed to Israel’s defense against Palestinian urging for Israeli officials to be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court. Successive Israeli governments claimed that all their activities in the territories conquered in the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war were strictly kosher. According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the West Bank is a "disputed" area, not an occupied one. Therefore, anything that Israel did and does in the territory is perfectly legal. So what lit a fire under the administration and Congress when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to demand that the ICC in The Hague investigate Israel’s activities in the occupied territories? Why did Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warn Nov. 17 that unless Abbas withdraws this threat, the administration will have to close the mission of the PLO in Washington? If Israel is acting lawfully, shouldn`t it let the Palestinians go to court and take the chance to prove once and for all that it is not an occupying power and can continue to build its settlements uninterruptedly in the territories?-rh 22/11/2017
Soldiers invade residential towers slated for demolitionIMEMC - Dozens of Israeli Army Corps of Engineers as well as engineers of the Jerusalem City Council and Border Police troops invaded the al- Matar neighborhood of East Jerusalem and broke into apartments in residential towers. The soldiers took personal information from the residents, informed them that the towers were slated for demolition because of “proximity to the Annexation Wall,” and “being built without permits“, and made measurements in preparation for the demolition. Altogether, six residential buildings of approximately 140 apartments are to be destroyed, as well as a local mosque. [ak]21/11/2017
Palestinian teen hits two settlers in ramming attack - wounded by soldiersMa`an - A Palestinian teenager, identified as Izz al-Din Ali Abu Rmeishan Karajeh, 17, from Halhul town north of Hebron, was wounded by soldiers after a ramming attack in which he hit two settlers at the Gush Etzion Junction on the Hebron- Jerusalem Highway. According to soldiers, he was chased for several kilometers and finally cornered - whereupon he emerged, tried to attack the soldiers with a knife and was then shot and severely wounded. [ak] 21/11/2017
Israel detains Bil’in non-violence activistWAFA - An army unit raided the village and detained Abdallah Abu Rahmeh and two others from the same family identified as Mohammad Adib Abu Rahmeh and Ahmad Mohammad Abu Rahmeh. Abdullah Abu Rahmeh is an internationally recognized peace activist and coordinator of the Bil’in popular committee against the wall and settlements. He was detained several times in the past for his non-violence activities in his village against Israel’s seizure of Bil’in land for the construction and expansion of its illegal settlements and the construction of the apartheid barrier that has separated the village from most of its agricultural land. [bz] 21/11/2017
Israeli forces target Palestinian schools, teachers in East Jerusalem and HebronSheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Israeli police forces entered Zahwat al- Quds school in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday, arresting the principal of the school as well as three teachers in front of students, before closing down the school and instructing parents to find alternative facilities for their children, according to Palestinian official media, Wafa.The events in East Jerusalem came one day after Israeli forces detained several teachers in the southern Hebron Hills on their walk to school, again in the presence of their students.-rh16/11/2017
Military Court Watch: Newsletter - October 2017Military Court Watch - Detention figures: The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) continues to experience difficulties in providing accurate and timely information regarding the number of Palestinian children in its detention facilities in accordance with an outstanding Freedom of Information application (FOI application). According to the IPS, as of 30 June 2017, 318 Palestinian children were held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities. This represents a 4 percent decrease compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 17 percent compared with 2016. Out of 318 children, 10 were girls, representing 3 percent. There is currently no available data relating to age breakdown, administrative detention or the percentage of children transferred to prisons inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh15/11/2017
Gaza Kids Live in Hell: A Psychologist Tells of Rampant Sexual Abuse, Drugs and DespairAyelett Shani - Middle East Transparent - Mohammed Mansour, who treats Gaza victims of sexual assault, describes the dystopian nightmare that Palestinians are living.-rh15/11/2017
Palestinian human rights bill on child imprisonment introduced in United States CongressSamidoun - Washington, D.C., November 14, 2017—Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill prohibiting U.S. financial support of abuses against Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system, putting violations under the magnifying glass of U.S. taxpayers.-rh15/11/2017
The Trials of Benjamin NetanyahuRamzy Baroud - Dissident Voice - Corruption in Israeli society has become particularly endemic after the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. The idea that ordinary Israelis can move into a Palestinian house, evict the family, claim the house as their own, with the full support of the military, the government and the court, exemplifies moral corruption to the highest degree. It was only a matter of time before this massive corruption racket – military occupation, the settlement enterprise, the media whitewashing of Israeli crimes – seeped back into mainstream Israeli society, which has become rotten to the core. While Israelis might have ‘gotten used’ to their own corruption, Palestinians have not, because the price of Israel’s moral corruption is too high for them to bear.-rh 15/11/2017
Israeli right’s anti-democratic laws penetrate everywhereAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - The takeover of the corporation of the State of Israel is being executed in incremental fashion, using legislation and sanctions, making it a little less democratic, a little more Jewish. The plethora of laws and sanctions make a mockery of Israeli democracy. Viewed separately, each of these initiatives is a yawn; taken together, this accumulation of legislation should make every Israeli lose sleep.-rh 15/11/2017
3,000 Gaza Merchants Banned from Travelling IMEMC - "Since Israeli occupation authorities suspended their travel permits. For two years, now, only 800 merchants are allowed to travel." - id15/11/2017
Israeli army to evict 300 Palestinians from Jordan ValleyMagazine Staff +972 - "So far this year, the IDF has demolished 349 structures, displacing 542 people and 302 children. Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem warned in August that the expulsions would constitute a war crime." - id 15/11/2017
Army punitively seals off a Palestinian village over stone throwing Maan - Israeli forces closed the main entrances to the village of Deir Nitham, preventing anyone from going in or out. The Israeli army said in a statement that the closure was due to continuous rock-throwing by youths of the village at Israeli settlers` vehicles passing by on a main road. Israeli forces stopped searched residents of Deir Nitham, reportedly warning them that they will be raiding the village daily “in order to protect settlers.” [ak] 15/11/2017
‘Feast of Sarah’ Holiday Draws Thousands of Settlers to Al-Khalilal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Two Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and two Jeeps surrounded by numerous soldiers, border police, and riot police blocked the intersection at the base of Bab Al-Zawiya, and snipers were placed on the roofs of the main buildings." - id 15/11/2017
Arab-Israelis fear new bill to increase security guards` powers Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Next week, the Knesset`s Interior Committee will debate a proposed piece of legislation by Minister for Public Security Gilad Erdan, which would expand the authority of civilian security guards. According to the proposal, security guards will be given powers similar to the police in that they will have the right to detain suspects, demand that they identify themselves and even use force to prevent them from entering crowded spaces such as shopping malls and public transportation. Erdan claims that the purpose of the law is to increase civilians` sense of safety in recreation centers and offices that provide services to citizens.-rh 15/11/2017
Israel Draws Up Blacklist of Boycott SupportersIMEMCnews - The Israeli government is currently preparing a blacklist of local and international organizations and activists who call for boycotting Israeli institutions, products and events, local media sources revealed yesterday. On Sunday, the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation passed a law against activists who encourage the international boycott of Israel, under which they are likely to be sued or fined.-rh15/11/2017
Two houses, a sheep pen, olive trees, straw bales, a grocery store...Amos Gvirtz - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - At Thabat Mar`i, in the southern part of the Jiftlik, they destroyed two houses. 16 persons remained homeless. -- At Umm Batin they uprooted dozens of young olive trees and destroyed a fence; near Abu Talul they uprooted many young olive trees and large straw bales; On Thursday at Bir Hadaj they demolished a grocery store. [NB: Destruction of Palestinian property on both sides of the Green Line-bz]14/11/2017
Communities Facing Expulsion - for no just reason and with almost no forewarning CWJP - They are not connected to the electricity grid and are denied water from pipes or natural sources. They are mainly poor shepherds who live off their herds. Since the Oslo agreement they found themselves living in area C and hence under direct Israeli occupation. Israel has declared in many occasions that these areas should be annexed to Israel. This latest eviction order will help Israel declare these areas empty and enhance its claim for sovereignty. [bz]14/11/2017
MK Azaria: Barkat is letting electoral considerations blow up Jerusalem Israel National News (Arutz-7) - Knesset Member Rachel Azaria (Kulanu) has criticized Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem, following a TV report that Barkat intends to demolish an entire residential neighborhood in East Jerusalem`s Kufr Akeb and evict hundreds of residents from their homes. As reported, Barkat asked the army`s help in blowing up eight "illegal" residential buildings, seven floors high each. [ak] 14/11/2017
An Interactive Documentary About Everyday Life in a Palestinian VillageAllison Meier - Hyperallergic "Burqah is an ordinary village in Palestine, where no conflict or momentous event has brought it international attention. And that’s why the developers of the interactive documentary The Invisible Walls of Occupation chose it as their subject, to immerse viewers in the everyday lives of ordinary Palestinians. Layering photographs, video, and maps, the online project invites viewers to step into a school, clinic, or private home, and hear first-hand how occupation has influenced this town." ca10/11/2017
You are here A life worth living?Hamza Abu Eltarabesh - The Electronic Intifada "On Tuesday, 29 August, Mohannad Younis swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills and ended his life.He was only 22 and seemed to have much going for him. A budding author, he had recently completed a series of short stories and just put the finishing touches on a stage play – Escape.Mohannad was only two months from finishing a postgraduate degree in pharmacy at Al-Azhar University, and was planning to propose to a fellow student at the faculty of medicine. His suicide, therefore, came as a shock to those who knew him and loved him.I know. I was his friend. I mourn him. I miss him. And I am angry at what he did..."Young people are particularly vulnerable, said Abu al-Sabah. “Young people have little hope for the future. They have no support to start their careers or continue their education. And at an age where they want to try something new, they have no possibility to do so.” ca 10/11/2017
Power crisis threatens livelihoods of Gaza farmersIsra Saleh el-Namey - The Electronic Intifada - "Nizar al-Wahidi, a senior agriculture ministry official in Gaza, said that buying fuel to operate machinery has meant that farmers’ costs have risen fourfold since the power crisis began. “This has sharply decreased the profits of our farmers,” he said. “And the quality of the produce has deteriorated.”" - id 9/11/2017
Raed Jarrar`s detention by Israel raises alarmDalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - Middle East and North Africa division of Amnesty International USA, was stopped at the Allenby crossing between Jordan and the West Bank while on a personal visit to his family following his father`s death. Jarrar, who is an American citizen of Palestinian origin, was detained and questioned for hours before being denied entry into the West Bank.-rh 8/11/2017
A LIFESTYLE OF - As I struggled reaching the school , I finally found a building in the middle of what seemed like a graveyard . They are trying to make it look like a livable place by putting attractive colors and friendly drawings, thought to myself with a mockery attitude . How can people survive such a hole of obvious segregation. A few meters up is the great walk through of the best part of jerusalem, and yet, the people of the place live as if they are a part of an interactive scene that tourists can look at from above. 8/11/2017
Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians, Detain Schoolteachers, In West BankIMEMCnews - Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier on Sunday morning, seven Palestinians, from their homes, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, confiscated money, and detained many schoolteachers.-rh8/11/2017
UN Panel: Sanctions Needed Against Israel to Stop Ethnic Cleansing of PalestineDarius Shahtahmasebi - Global Research - The U.N. recently launched a scathing critique of Israel’s occupation when the U.N. rapporteur for human rights in the occupied territories delivered a report condemning Israel’s conduct to date. According to the report, published October 23, the “duration of this occupation is without precedent or parallel in today’s world.” In fact, Israel has “driven Gaza back to the dark ages” due to its particularly stringent denial of water and electricity and its restrictions on movement since 2007.-rh8/11/2017
Israeli Forces Raid, Shutdown School in Jerusalem, Detain Faculty MembersPalestine Chronicle - Chairman of al-Quds Committee of Students’ Parents Ziyad Al-Shamal, said Israeli soldiers raided the school, broke into classrooms while students were having classes, and detained three teachers and the school principle, spreading fear and panic among students.rh8/11/2017
Headmistress and teachers arrested, school closed East JerusalemIMEMC - Israeli police forces raided the Zahwat al-Quds school in Beit Hanina and its attached kindergarten, and detained the headmistress Muna al-Karrawi as well as two teachers. The three women were taken to a detention center. Later, parents were informed tthat the school is closed and they have to move their children elsewhere. [Israeli extreme right groups linked to the Jewish Home Party of Education Minister Naftali Bennet, are waging a vociferous campaign against "incitement" (i.e. manifestations of Palestinian national feeling) in the Palestinian school system of East Jerusalem. AK] 7/11/2017
Israeli soldiers assault, take `selfie` with injured Palestinian detaineesMaan/Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs - Around midnight on Sunday Israeli forces raided the home of brothers Tariq Baajeh, 26, and Ahmad Baajeh, 19, in Jayyus. According to the brothers’ testimonies, soldiers handcuffed and blindfolded them and placed them on a military jeep.The Baajeh brothers were assaulted and insulted the entire time they were held at the military zone and then transferred to the Huwwara detention center and afterwards to the Megiddo prison where they were strip searched. So far the routine which numerous Palestinians are undergoing every night all over the West Bank. Adding insult to injury in the case of the Baajeh brothers was the fact that right after assaulting and beating them, the soldiers took a `selfie` together with the handcuffed prisoners. [ak]7/11/2017
Despite reconciliation, PA detains 46 Hamas members on West Bank Elior Levy - Y-Net - Shortly after Hamas began ceding control of the Gaza Strip`s border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the Palestinian Authority, PA forces detailed no less than 46 Hamas activists on the West Bank. According to a PA official, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Israeli Y-Net news website, these detentions had foiled no less than seven planned stabbings, shootings and bombings targeting Israeli soldiers and settlers on the West Bank. This clamp down on Hamas in the West Bank seems aimed at sending a clear signal to Israel and the US, that reconciliation does not mean that the PA will permit Hamas to re-establish its West Bank infrastructure. For its part, Hamas has publicly demanded from the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to to immediately cease its arrests, which the movement dubbed as “criminal.” [ak] 7/11/2017
Israeli Soldiers Abduct At Least Twenty-One PalestiniansIMEMC News - "The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have abducted, earlier Monday, at least eighteen Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, during extensive and violent searches of homes, and one at the Erez Terminal, in northern Gaza, while three others were taken prisoner in Jerusalem, on Sunday" [ry]6/11/2017
Israel MK: Palestinians’ ‘liability’ is that ‘they weren’t born Jews’MEMO - An Israeli parliamentarian has expressed his support for formal apartheid, backing the annexation of the entire West Bank but without its Palestinian inhabitants being granted the right to vote. MK Miki Zohar, who is chair of the Knesset’s Special Committee for Distributive Justice and Social Equality, expressed his views in an interview with Haaretz newspaper.-rh1/11/2017
One state for all citizensDaoud Kuttab - Arabic Media Internet Network - bbas then said that in regard to his people, there are two choices: “It will either be the independence of the state of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with the state of Israel on the 1967 borders, or equal rights for all of the inhabitants of the land of historic Palestine from the river to the sea.” The idea that Abbas would legitimise the one-state option took some by surprise. Was it simply a tactic to get Israelis and Americans to double up support for the two-state solution or is the Palestinian president truly willing to entertain the concept of a single bi- national state?-rh1/11/2017
THE GAZA SIEGE AT TEN : Reaching a Humanitarian and Political Breaking PointCOUNTERVORTEX - As the Gaza Strip marked the ten-year anniversary of Israel`s siege of the small Palestinian enclave on June 15, the humanitarian situation has continued to alarm rights groups, which have denounced the "inhuman conditions unparalleled in the modern world." Gaza, which has often been compared to an "open air prison" for its 1.9 million inhabitants crowded into 365 square kilometers, has suffered from a decade of isolation and deprivation, made all the worse by three devastating Israeli military operations, and persistent intra-Palestinian political strife.-rh1/11/2017
7 Palestinians killed, 12 wounded in Israeli bombing of Gaza tunnelMa`an News Agency - At least seven Palestinians were killed, and 12 others were wounded after Israeli forces blew up an underground tunnel between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.The Palestinian Ministry of Health officially declared the death of seven Palestinians, all fighters in the armed wings of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements in Gaza.-rh1/11/2017
Balfour Declaration: How Britain broke its Feeble Promise to the PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Dissident Voice - Palestinian objections to the 1917 document are well-known. Britain’s Lord Balfour had no right to promise a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, on the land of another people. But Israelis have been taught a different history in which they, not the Palestinians, were betrayed.-rh1/11/2017
100 years on: The Balfour Declaration explainedZena Tahhan - Aljazeera - It is regarded as one of the most controversial and contested documents in the modern history of the Arab world and has puzzled historians for decades.-rh1/11/2017
Is Israel really implementing economic aid to Palestinians? Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon traveled to the seat of the Palestinian government in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Oct. 29 to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. According to reports of the meeting, the two discussed advancing civic administration and economic measures and Israeli- Palestinian cooperation. This is the second time within five months that Kahlon has gone to Palestinian Authority (PA) territory to meet with Hamdallah, and this time, too, the meeting was the result of US pressure on Israel to offer the Palestinians goodwill economic gestures.-rh 1/11/2017
IDF using Facebook to threaten to destroy Gaza family`s homeEdo Konrad - +972 - "“International law forces us to distinguish between civilians and enemy combatants,” said Adalah attorney Muna Haddad. “According to the law, even the presence of a large number of combatants, is not sufficient to justify an attack which would cause disproportionate damage to nearby civilians.” “These are civilians we are talking about,” Haddad added, “people who were forced to flee their home and change their lives because of the army’s threat. It goes directly against international law.”" - id 1/11/2017
Israeli armed forces and settlers harassing farmers in As SawiyaNablus team - International Solidarity Movement - "The Israeli border police demanded that the Internationals would leave the land immediately, showed the passports to the settlers and scanned them. “The settler stood on the olives and smiled at us, he even asked us if we were afraid of him." - id1/11/2017
West Bank settlements: Eight EU countries demand Israel pay for demolished Palestinian schools : EU states seek €30,000 in compensationSamuel Osborne - Independent - Eight European Union countries are demanding Israel compensate them for the demolition of new school facilities for Bedouin communities in the occupied West Bank. A letter from the eight member states is expected to be delivered to Israel`s Foreign Ministry in the coming days, the Haaretz newspaper reported.-rh1/11/2017
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