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Imprisoned hunger striker al-Qiq refuses Israeli offer to be released in MayMa`an - Muhammad al-Qiq rejected an offer by an Israeli military court to be released on May 1 and demanded an immediate end to his administrative detention. An Israeli doctor at the hospital where al-Qiq is being detained said on Saturday that the Palestinian journalist was in a critical condition, and that “each minute marks serious threat to his life.” Al-Qiq refuses any offer that does not include his release from administrative detention, as well as the guarantee that he will receive medical treatment in a Palestinian hospital once freed. [bz]7/2/2016
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Israeli doctor says Palestinian hunger striker could face immediate deathMa`an - Lawyer Hiba Masalha from the Palestinian Authority’s Prisoners’ Affairs Committee quoted the concerns of deputy director of HaEmek, Dr. Tubia, who said there was a “real danger” that al-Qiq’s internal organs were suffering damage. “Each minute marks serious threat to his life, because it is probable that his inner organs will stop operating at any moment, leading to immediate death,” Tubia was quoted as saying. Al-Qiq on Thursday rejected an Israeli Supreme Court decision to temporarily suspend his detention without trial [and resume it upon improvement in his health condition] and said he will continue his hunger strike until "martyrdom or freedom." [bz]6/2/2016
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Palestinian PM decries Israel’s ‘collective punishment’ of QabatiyaMa`an - “Ongoing Israeli policies of collective punishment, field executions, and blockading Palestinian cities, villages, and refugee camps will worsen the security situation in the area,” Hamdallah said.Qabatiya is blockaded for the third day in a row after three residents of the town carried out a deadly attack in Jerusalem.[bz]6/2/2016
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Al-Qiq rejects court freeze on detention, continues hunger strikeMa`an - The imprisoned journalist, Muhammad al-Qiq, views the court ruling as an attempt to undermine his resistance against the "immoral and inhumane administrative detention," referring to Israel`s internment of Palestinians without trial or charge. Al-Qiq also said it was an attempt to undermine public and international opinion that is critical of Israeli policy. The prisoners` committee said al-Qiq would not end his hunger strike unless Israel agreed to his full release. It added al-Qiq was refusing to receive medical treatment unless at a Palestinian hospital. Earlier Thursday, the Israeli Supreme Court suspended his six-month administrative detention sentence citing medical concerns, with the sentence to be resumed upon an improvement of his health. [bz]5/2/2016
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Israeli settlements as a limitation to the two-state approachVerena J. Nitschke - This paper is going to focus on the humanitarian and political effects of the Israeli settlement policy, evaluating especially the impact it has on the two-state approach. Due to its effect on the two-state approach, the settlement policy of Israel is not only relevant for the Palestinians whose human rights are restricted, but also for the whole international community and especially the states in the Middle East. The situation in the Middle East and the inter-state relations have an immense impact on international security as well as on the living conditions under occupation in the Palestinian territories. A solution for the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and thus a peaceful co-existence, can only be achieved, if either the one-state approach or the two-state approach will be accepted, adopted and established. The one-state solution would result in both nationalities, Israelis and Palestinians, living peacefully together in one territory, whereas the two-state approach concludes in two separate states, existing independently but peacefully next to each other.-rh 4/2/2016
Netanyahu thinks mild Ban Ki-moon incites terrorRobert Fisk - Independent - I suspect that it was Ban’s comment about the Jewish colonisation of Arab land that the Israeli Prime Minister didn’t like. What he said was that “continued settlement activities are an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community”, and I rather got his point. Because we know, just as Ban said, that people who are occupied do indeed resist occupation, which becomes “a potent incubator of hate and extremism”. Is that not how Iraqis reacted to us? And how Afghans react? And, indeed, how Palestinian Jews decided to act when they’d had enough of Britain in Palestine?-rh3/2/2016
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Take action: 71 days of hunger strike for imprisoned Palestinian journalist Al-QeeqSamidoun - Hunger-striking Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq is facing a severe risk of stroke, warned his lawyer Ashraf Abu Sneineh on 2 February. He has lost a massive amount of weight, and there is evidence of damage to internal organs of his body, Abu Sneineh said.-rh 3/2/2016
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3 Palestinians shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills Israeli officerMa`an News Agency - Israeli media reported that two of the three were barred from entrance into Israel and that all three had crossed over illegally. Israeli media reports also said none of the three Palestinians were affiliated with any political organization.-rh3/2/2016
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Despite total lack of evidence, Israeli court sentences ‘Hares Boys’ to 15 years in prison - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/02/despite-total-lack-of-evidence-israeli-court-sentences-hares-boys-to-15-years-in-prison-for-stone-throwingAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss - No evidence, no eye witnesses, and no crime preceded the capture, torture and forced confessions of the Hares Boys, 5 Palestinian youths from the West Bank village of Hares. And yet Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Ammar Souf, and Tamer Souf were recently sentenced, after almost 3 years of imprisonment and over 100 hearings, by the Israeli occupation military court to 15 years in prison.-rh3/2/2016
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Nonviolent Resistance in the South Hebron HillsCassandra Dixon - Information Clearing House -The worst worries of a child’s school day should be homework. Maybe a lost book, or an argument with a friend. No child’s walk to school should routinely involve armed soldiers and fear of sometimes being chased and assaulted by angry adults. But for the Palestinian children who live with their families in the small rural villages that make up the South Hebron Hills, this is how the school day begins. Illegal settlements and outposts isolate and separate their villages and soldiers are a constant in their lives.-rh 3/2/2016
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GMO Report: 51 Israeli Violations against Palestinian Journalists in JanuaryIMEMC - "These violations were varied to include detentions and extensions, field attacks, the banning of media coverage, summons to interrogation, and house raids." - id 3/2/2016
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IDF destroys 20 Palestinian structures in West Bank `firing zone`Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Israel has been trying to evict impoverished Palestinian communities from their lands for over 15 years — in order to save a few bucks on military trainings." - id 3/2/2016
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Daily violence on the way to schoolal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Teachers tried to bring the children, who were coughing badly, to safety inside the school-building, but were tear-gassed even there as soldiers were shooting tear gas directly into the school-yards." - id3/2/2016
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Told to leave, determined to stay: Bedouins of the Jordan ValleyMohammad Alhaj - The Electronic Intifada - "Neglected by both the Palestinian Authority and harassed by the Israeli military, these families have to survive without running water or electricity. Any water wells dug by the families themselves will likely be destroyed by Israel, which maintains strict control over water resources in the occupied West Bank." - id 3/2/2016
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The `Professional Journalism` Behind the Silencing of Israeli Violence Amira Hass - Haaretz - In an earlier op-ed I wrote the following sentence, which contradicts the reality: “It is very tempting to say that the road to disaster is paved with logical steps, but the disaster is long in coming.” That’s nonsense of course, if you’ll excuse me. The Palestinians live in a routine of ongoing and incremental disasters. What is the deliberate imprisonment of 1.8 million people in a narrow strip of 360 square kilometers, if not ongoing calamity? And what is “Area C” and the prohibitions against construction and movement and drinking and irrigating there, if not an endless man-made disaster? [bz]2/2/2016
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Interviews done at the weekly East Jerusalem Sheikh Jarrah vigilAbraham Weizfeld - The Struggle - In depth interviews with Sheikh Jarrah resident Mr. Jaffer and a Women in Black activist named Selie now transmitted on New England and NYC cable TV by `The Struggle`. The 2 interviews begin at 5:20. (NB: The preceding report on Syria is worth watching as well.) [bz] 2/2/2016
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Palestinian Vehicles and Equipment Seized in Jordan Valley IMEMC - The Jordan Valley -- occupied with the rest of the West Bank in 1967 -- is in Area C, under full Israeli military and administrative control, and residents of the area face a constant threat of destruction of structures and property. Threats of displacement for the thousands of Bedouins living in the area have reportedly increased dramatically since 2012, notably the use of Israeli military training exercises as a means of forcible displacement. Rights groups argue that Israel aims to fully annex the strategic area of land and is unlikely to return the occupied area to Palestinians. [bz]2/2/2016
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Israeli forces tighten grip on Ramallah as closure continuesMa`an - Israeli forces continued their blockade of the central West Bank city of Ramallah and its neighboring villages and towns for the second straight day on Monday after a shooting at an Israeli military checkpoint. Israeli forces began the blockade just hours after the shooting near the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El north of Ramallah, in which a Palestinian Authority staff sergeant shot and injured three Israeli soldiers before he was shot dead at the scene. The Israeli army has yet to announce when forces will pull back to allow freedom of movement through the major West Bank hub. [bz]2/2/2016
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Israeli forces storm al-Quds University, seize documentsMa`an News Agency - "Hundreds of Israeli soldiers stormed Abu Dis` al-Quds Open University early Friday and confiscated equipment and documents belonging to its student union, staff members told Ma`an" [ry] 1/2/2016
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Israel bans Palestinian prisoners from bringing in booksHaggai Matar--The ban is a response to smuggling attempts using hollowed-out books, prison officials say. No such sweeping punishments are imposed on Israeli prisoners, attorney says. dn31/1/2016
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Nonviolent Resistance in the South Hebron Hills Cassandra Dixon--The worst worries of a child’s school day should be homework. Maybe a lost book, or an argument with a friend. No child’s walk to school should routinely involve armed soldiers and fear of sometimes being chased and assaulted by angry adults. But for the Palestinian children who live with their families in the small rural villages that make up the South Hebron Hills, this is how the school day begins. Illegal settlements and outposts isolate and separate their villages and soldiers are a constant in their lives.dn31/1/2016
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Settlers` secret deal to buy two houses in HebronOded Shalom and Elisha Ben Kimon--Negotiations began five years ago and included dozens of secret meetings; the payment was made at a Kiryat Arba gas stop: An envelope with money for the deeds to the property on 36 Al-Shuhada Street; now, the Palestinian seller is in hiding with a death sentence over his head, while his son was taken by the PA to pressure him into turning himself in, and the buyers are waiting on the decision: Can they move in? dn31/1/2016
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Palestinian PM: The Israeli deputy FM uses fiction to whitewash OccupationPNN/ Ramallah - "Hamdallah added, “the Deputy FM of Israel should disclose the sources of funding, local & foreign, that her government funnels to illegal settlements where many extremists reside, some of them are terrorists that have Palestinian blood on their hands, instead of using smoke and mirrors to deceive the international community.” ca29/1/2016
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Israel`s Logic of Dispossession Amira Hass - Haaretz "The invasion of two Palestinian houses in Hebron’s Old City last week by dozens of Israelis was an obvious, logical step. We still don’t know on what basis the settlers decided that the two houses on Al-Sahla Street were purchased legally. The Zaatari family of Hebron, which owns the houses, denied selling them. In a complaint to the Israel Police, which was submitted via the (Palestinian) Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, the family demanded their immediate eviction. The mystery remains..." ca 29/1/2016
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UK doctors call for removal of Israel from World Medical AssociationMa`an News Agency - " A group of British doctors is pushing for the World Medical Association (WMA) to expel the Israeli Medical Association (IMA), the IMA’s chairman said on Wednesday during a meeting of the Knesset Science and Technology committee.In a discussion dealing with the academic boycott of Israel, Zeev Feldman said that 71 British doctors recently called on the WMA to remove the Israeli medical group from its ranks due to allegations of torture by Israeli doctors on Palestinians.Israeli doctors in prison facilities have long been accused of standing by or abetting the torture of Palestinian detainees." ca29/1/2016
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When homophobia becomes a tool for political persecutionNatasha Roth - +972 - The campaign against the Left in Israel reaches a new low: a planned protest at the wedding of an anti-occupation group’s director and her wife-to-be. It shows that when dissent is characterized as treason, there is no area of one’s life that is off-limits.-rh27/1/2016
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9-year-old girl shot with live ammunition during Friday demonstrations in Kafr QaddumTulkarm team - International Solidarity Movement - "The main road that leads to Kafr Qaddum is cut off by a permanent roadblock, making the journey to the main road three times longer than necessary. This again is illegal according to an Israeli court decision from 2010, but the road is still kept closed." - id 27/1/2016
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STORMS, FLOODS SLAM GAZA STRIPMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "EDITOR`S NOTE: Mohammed Asad`s home in Shujaiyya was destroyed by Israeli missiles, mortars and tank fire on Friday August 1, 2014 while he was documenting the Israeli massacre of civilians in the Gaza Strip. He is now living in temporary housing as he scrambles to find Internet access to share his photographs when possible." - id27/1/2016
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A Decade of Siege on GazaIMEMC - "With a decade of Israeli-imposed economic siege on Gaza and three devastating wars which accompanied it, the Strip now suffers from an acute housing deficit, with a need of more than 70,000 housing units." - id 27/1/2016
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Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu accuses UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of `encouraging terror`Henry Austin - Independent - "Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process," he said. "As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism."-rh27/1/2016
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Lawyer: Hunger-striking journalist on brink of deathMA`ANS NEWS AGENCY - Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, who has been on hunger strike in Israeli jail for 61 days, is on brink of death, the journalist`s lawyer told Ma`an on Monday. After visiting al-Qiq earlier in the day, Ashraf Abu Sneina, a lawyer with the Palestinian Authority`s Committee for Prisoners` Affairs, said al-Qiq was unconscious and unable to speak, adding that he has exhibited "sudden symptoms that could lead to his death."-rh27/1/2016
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Israeli police smuggle Palestinian suspect out of the countryHaggai Matar - +972 - The police took Nasser Nawaj’ah out of the West Bank and into Israel to face trial. When that didn’t work, they ignored a court order to release him and smuggled him back to the West Bank and into military custody.-rh 27/1/2016
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Gaza Speaks: This Is What the Decade-long Siege Has Done to UsRamzy Baroud - Counterpunch - The siege on Gaza was imposed in stages, starting January 2006, when the Hamas movement won the legislative elections in the Occupied Territories. Donors’ money was immediately withheld, so the new Government could not pay the salaries of its employees. The conventional wisdom, then, was the new Government would soon collapse, and Hamas’ rival, Fatah, would quickly resume its control over the Palestinian Authority (PA).-rh27/1/2016
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Lawyer: Hunger-striking journalist on brink of deathMa`an - Unconscious and unable to speak, Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, who has been on hunger strike in Israeli jail for 61 days, is on brink of death. The 33-year-old journalist from the southern West Bank town of Dura has been on hunger strike to protest his administrative detention, internment without trial or charge. [bz]26/1/2016
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Grieving Palestinian father of shot 13-year old girl says guard went too farAFP - Yahoo - "The person who shot her could have apprehended her or shot her in the leg -- he didn`t have to kill her. It was as though he issued her a death sentence." [bz] 25/1/2016
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Settlers evicted from Hebron homes – for nowSergio Yahni - AIC - Like many houses in the area, the buildings occupied by the settlers were not physically populated. The insecurity created by continuous settler attacks military harassment has led many of the 30 thousand residents of Hebron`s Old City to leave the area. Additionally, large parts of Hebron`s Old City were declared closed military zones in mid-November. According to military orders, local Palestinian residents must register with Israeli authorities to pass through the area`s 18 checkpoints. Palestinians fear that this new registration system helps the army and settlers to map empty properties in order to facilitate expropriation. [bz]25/1/2016
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2 Palestinians Killed After Stabbing IsraelisAP - ABC News - Israel blames the violence on Palestinian incitement. Palestinians say the attacks stem from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli military rule. [bz] 25/1/2016
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B`Tselem field researcher Nasser Nawaj’ah released after six day arrestPress release - B`tselem - It would seem that a political investigation that seeks only to incriminate and entrap left-wing and human rights activists by the use of self-appointed secret police has driven itself into the brick wall of reality. [bz]25/1/2016
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Palestinian girl tries to stab security guard in AnathothDanny Adino Ababa - Ynet - A 13-year-old Palestinian girl tried to stab a civilian security guard at the entrance to the settlement of Anathoth in the West Bank`s Binyamin region on Saturday morning. The security guard shot and killed her before she was able to hurt him. Her father went after her, but arrived at the scene shortly after the attempted stabbing - and was subsequently arrested. [bz]23/1/2016
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Israel-steps-up-home-demolitions-to-punish-palestinian-attackers/2016/01/16/7c198910-b4a3-11e5-8abc-d09392edc612_story.htmlRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - Israel appears to be stepping up its punitive response by fast-tracking the demolition of homes where the attackers lived. In the past two weeks, three Palestinian homes in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank have been destroyed by the military. Many more have been measured for future demolition or their occupants served with demolition orders.-rh20/1/2016
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US Ambassador to Israel Slams Government Settlements PolicyAron Heller - abcNews - In the West Bank, Israelis are subject to Israeli civil law, while Palestinians are governed by Israeli military law, which offers far fewer legal protections. Palestinians and rights groups say that Israelis suspected in violence against Palestinians are rarely brought to justice, while Palestinian attackers are quickly arrested or killed.-rh20/1/2016
Gaza scrap collectors finally back in businessFadi Shafei - Al Monitor - "Following years of interruption due to Israel`s blockade on the Gaza Strip, the scrap trade there has resumed, sparking economic hope." - id 20/1/2016
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The Israeli Left`s challenge: Defeating ideology with factsMairav Zonszein - +972 - Left-wing and anti-occupation groups in Israel are finally hitting back, but the task seems Sisyphean: how do you win over people who don’t even acknowledge the same sets of facts.-rh20/1/2016
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Israeli military forces came to Khirbet Susiya in south Hebron and arrested B`Tselem`s field worker, Nasser Nawaj`a. B`Tselem - Early this morning, Israeli military forces came to Khirbet Susiya in south Hebron and arrested B`Tselem`s field worker, Nasser Nawaj`a. The family reported that the arrest was accompanied by violence. Nasser was taken to the Shai police headquarters, near Ma`ale Adumim settlement. The investigators told his lawyer, att. Gaby Lasky, that they will issue a warrant prohibiting him from consulting with her. Preventing an arrestee from meeting his lawyer is a draconian and unacceptable measure, and a blatant violation of due process. His lawyer was not told for which suspicions he is to be interrogated.20/1/2016
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Does draft Palestinian social security law really protect workers?Aziza Nofal - Al-Monitor - Criticism of the social security law has been leveled by representatives of workers unions, who are divided between those who view it as better than nothing despite its shortcomings and others, the majority, who think its shortcomings undermine the concept of social security. The proposed retirement funds — which the committee supposedly set at the minimum wage, 1,450 shekels a month ($366), which is also the poverty line — are not commensurate with the cost of living and difficult economic conditions in general for Palestinians. In fact, critics argue, monthly payments would fall well below the poverty line under the draft plan.-rh 20/1/2016
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 Human Rights Watch Calls on Businesses to Withdraw From Israeli SettlementsAli Gharib - The Nation -  The new 162-page report, “Occupation, Inc.: How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights,” calls for businesses operating in and dealing directly with Israeli settlements to end their endeavors there. “In Human Rights Watch’s view, the context of human rights abuse to which settlement business activity contributes is so pervasive and severe that businesses should cease carrying out activities inside or for the benefit of settlements,” the report says.-rh20/1/2016
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Death and humiliation: A tale of a Palestinian village : Sa`ir, a West Bank village, is the outcome of living in the intense microcosm of the Israeli occupation. Matthew Vickery - Aljazeera - The village makes up just one percent of the Palestinian population of the West Bank, yet seven percent of all Palestinians killed (including Palestinian citizens of Israel and residents of Gaza) since October, have come from this rural, underdeveloped community.-rh20/1/2016
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Palestinian workers banned from West Bank settlementsMa`an - The measure will impact around 11,000 Palestinian laborers who work in settlements in the West Bank -- around 2 percent of the working Palestinian population, according Palestinian policy network Al-Shabaka. [bz]19/1/2016
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Palestinian teen could face `maximum sentence`Ylenia Gostoli- Al Jazeera - "The allegation against 13-year old Ahmed Manasra] is not that he stabbed anybody, but that he had the intention to kill," said Lea Tsemel, Mansara`s lawyer. "We will have to prove he did not have that intention, but rather to cause pain and frighten," Tsemel told Al Jazeera. [bz] 19/1/2016
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Teen Palestinian arrested for killing Dafna Meir in Otniel settlementIMEMC - A Palestinian, identified as Morad Bader Abdullah Ed’eis, 16 years of age, was taken prisoner in Beit Amra village near Yatta, south of Hebron. Israeli security sources said that Ed`eis "confessed during interrogation that he stabbed the settler woman, identified as Dafna Meir, to death." They added that the arrest came following an extensive joint campaign involving Israeli soldiers, police officers, special forces and the Internal Security Services. [bz] 19/1/2016
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Week of harassment in Jordan Valley continues harm to Area C communitiesB’Tselem - "Between 12 and 14 January 2016, B`Tselem documented a number of Civil Administration (CA) activities that constitute direct or indirect harm to five Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley. In Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah, CA officials photographed structures apparently slated for repeat demolition. In Khirbet ‘Einun, forces destroyed agricultural structures and a reservoir that supplies water to the neighboring community of Yarza. CA officials told families from the communities of Yarza and Khirbet a-Ras al-Ahmar that they would have to temporarily leave their homes yet again due to military training nearby. These actions are some of the measures that Israeli authorities have employed as part of their efforts to reduce Palestinian presence in Area C" [ry]18/1/2016
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Palestinian communities united by revived Israeli policy of destroying attackers` family homesBen Lynfield - The Independent - `We are one people and we help each other in times of stress` [ry]18/1/2016
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The Radical New Face of the Jewish Settler MovementNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - The hilltop youth have always had power, which they wielded through violent acts, often under the cover of night. But for most Israelis, these were distant events perpetrated by extremists in the West Bank, a kind of Wild West they rarely think about or visit.-rh 13/1/2016
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Welcome to Israel`s Version of ApartheidJonathan Cook - Counterpunch - Moments before an Aegean Airlines flight was due to take off, three Israeli passengers took security into their own hands and demanded that two fellow passengers, from Israel’s Palestinian minority, be removed from the plane. By the end of a 90-minute stand-off, dozens more Israeli Jews had joined the protest, refusing to take their seats. Like a parable illustrating Europe’s bottomless indulgence of Israel, Aegean staff caved in to the pressure and persuaded the two Palestinian men to disembark.-rh 13/1/2016
Jewish-Israeli Passengers Hijack Airline’s IntegrityVacy Vlazna - Countercurrents - Two passengers, on Sunday 3rd January, who in good faith had paid their fares, had passed security checks, boarded the Aegean Airlines flight from Athens to Tel Aviv unexpectedly found themselves at the centre of a racist onslaught by belligerent Jewish-Israeli passengers accusing the two passengers of being ‘terrorists’ and demanding their removal from the plane. The victims were attacked for one reason only- they are Palestinians.-rh 13/1/2016
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Have Israelis abandoned any hope for change?Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Things are no better in terms of democracy, tolerance and freedom of speech: The government has approved proposed legislation by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked requiring human rights and other activists whose organizations receive foreign government assistance to wear special identification badges. Education Minister Naftali Bennett has welcomed a decision to ban the teaching of Dorit Rabinyan`s “Borderlife,” a love story between a Palestinian man and a Jewish woman.-rh 13/1/2016
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Birzeit University rises up against Israel`s arrests : Israeli forces have arrested dozens of politically active students amid a rise in violence in West Bank and Jerusalem.Mariam Barghouti - Aljazeera - About 90 students and two faculty members at University have been arrested in the past few months amid an Israeli crackdown. About 90 students and two faculty members at University have been arrested in the past few months amid an Israeli crackdown.-rh13/1/2016
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The response to an Israeli official’s ban on a Jewish-Arab love story? A video of Jews and Arabs kissingRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - How have Tel Aviv’s young liberals responded to a decision by Israel’s conservative, right-wing education minister to ban from the official reading list a novel about forbidden love between an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian Muslim? They`ve made a video of Israelis and Palestinians kissing each other.-rh 13/1/2016
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Israeli Investigative TV Program Unsure of Its Facts Amira Hass - Haaretz - The segment on Ad Kan was not true investigative journalism, for reasons elaborated on by +972 Magazine and the Friends of George blog (in Hebrew) . It was a puff piece for a privatized, mini-Shin Bet. If it had been investigative journalism, “Uvda” would have told us about Ad Kan’s funding sources and budget. It would have explained why the name of Goldway, as the recipient of a medal, appeared only in initials. Is the army associated with Ad Kan, and is it protecting Goldway from exposure, so he can spy on the left? -rh13/1/2016
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The Palestinians MUST Put Their Political Act Together If Their Cause Is To Be Kept AliveAlan Hart - Countercurrents - For several years I have been wondering, sometimes on public platforms and in writing, if Palestine is a lost cause. I have now come to the conclusion that as things are it is and will remain so unless the Palestinians, the occupied and oppressed and the diaspora, put their political act together in order to give their cause new life with some real hope of justice eventually.-rh13/1/2016
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http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=769762Maan News Agency - The head of the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners` Affairs warned Tuesday that Israel was preparing to force-feed a Palestinian hunger striker, in what would be the first use of the controversial practice since it was approved by Israeli lawmakers last year.-rh13/1/2016
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Israel Force-Fed Hunger Striking Detainee, Journalist Mohammad Al-QeeqIMEMC - Al-Qeeq has waged a hunger strike since November 24th, in protest of his arbitrary administrative detention, without charges or trial. The detainee was strapped, hooked to two machines, and was force-fed through an intravenous infusion, despite the illegality of force-feeding hunger striking detainees, and despite the objections of Israel’s Physicians` Union and unions around the world. [bz]12/1/2016
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Solar Power Is Great, Unless You Are a Bedouin in the West BankZafrir Rinat - jahalin.org - Israel encourages settlers using solar panels for electricity, but West Bank Bedouin are deemed to be `building illegal structures.` Adv. Lecker asserts that the confiscation was illegal [even according to Israeli law-ed] because installing the panels did not require any building activity. The panels were simply laid on the ground. [bz]12/1/2016
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Birzeit University condemns Israeli `military attack` on campusMa`an - "The military confiscated equipment and computers used in the activities of the students council and destroyed and damaged furniture leaving a great deal of havoc behind," the university said. "This is a blatant attack on our student council and the sanctity of democratic values. This violation of the campus is a part of a blatant and systematic attack on the right of education and freedom of expression." [bz]12/1/2016
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Israeli forces detain 60 Palestinian workers without permitsMa`an News Agency - "As thousands of work permits are denied by Israel, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics estimates 30 percent of Palestinians work in Israel illegally. These workers are often exploited by contractors who know that they have no other choice but to accept lower pay" [ry]11/1/2016
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Six families in Jerusalem wait for their homes to be demolishedISM - On Thursday, January 7th, the ISM went to visit Kifaya Rishek, a widow who lives in Beit Hanina, occupied East Jerusalem, waiting for her home to be demolished. But Kifaya is not alone, she lives in this house together with her five children and 16 grandchildren, including 11 year-old, Malak, who is physically disabled. Their financial situation is very difficult; Murad and Ashraf, who have 4 children each, both work cleaning the Cinema City. Sharif has 5 children, and works selling toys in a store. Mohannad has 1 child and works in construction, but his salary is unstable since he works when he is called in by the company. Her daughter, Faiza, is divorced and also lives here with her 2 children. These 5 families who live here will be left homeless. [bz]10/1/2016
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Israeli forces demolish home of Palestinian killed after stab attackMa`an - Al-Halabi’s family had evacuated the house four days after the attack and moved to live in the city of Ramallah in anticipation of their house being destroyed. An initial objection to the demolition was filed by the HaMoked Center for the Defense of the Individual, an Israeli human rights organization, on Oct. 17, 2015. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Israeli High Court of Justice froze the demolition order for al-Halabi’s home along with several others on Oct. 22, but the court later rejected an appeal against the demolition. [bz]10/1/2016
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Jewish settlers bore into Palestinian children’s bedroomCharlotte Silver - EI - According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, the Sub Laban family called the police, who came to the house and asked the settlers to repair the damage, but took no further measures against them. [bz]9/1/2016
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Youngest prisoner in the world, Ali, in the Israeli jailsPalestinian Information Center - Ali, 11, was accused by the IOA of trying, with the help of his cousin Muawiyah Alqam, 13, to carry out a stabbing operation against a security guard of the light line in Jerusalem on November 10, 2015. "During this incident Ali was shot with multiple bullets in different parts of his body causing him to slip into a comma. Nonetheless, both his hands and feet were shackled, and he was under tight security escort in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital. The IOA allowed the child`s family to visit him only once for 20 minutes in the presence of the Israeli police. [bz]9/1/2016
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Israeli troops shoot dead alleged Palestinian attackersAl-Jazeera - "Four Palestinians, who allegedly attempted to stab Israeli soldiers in two separate incidents in occupied West Bank, have been shot and killed.The Palestinian health ministry said three Palestinians died north of Hebron close to the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion after reports of a stabbing attempt on Thursday night."Three attackers, armed with knives, attempted to stab soldiers guarding the Gush Etzion junction," an Israeli army statement said, adding troops responded by shooting the assailants.The fourth Palestinian killed north of Hebron was 16-year-old Khalil Mohammad Shalaldeh." ca 8/1/2016
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01/06/15: Christmas in Bethlehem for Eastern Church DenominationsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Hundreds of Palestinians affiliated to the Orthodox, Assyrian, Coptic and Ethiopian churches arrived on Manger Square to mark the occasion...Unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory has served to overshadow this year`s Christmas celebrations, including those led by the Latin Patriarchate in December." ca 8/1/2016
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Makarim Wibisono quits as UN rights monitor, saying Israel blocked access to Palestinian territoriesStephanie Nebehay - The Independent "The UN investigator for human rights violations in the Palestinian territories has resigned, saying that Israel had reneged on its pledge to grant him access to the West Bank and Gaza.Makarim Wibisono said that his repeated oral and written requests for access had gone unanswered over 18 months...“I hope that whoever succeeds me will manage to resolve the current impasse, and so reassure the Palestinian people that after nearly half a century of occupation the world has not forgotten their plight,” Mr Wibisono said." ca 6/1/2016
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Israeli forces detain famed hunger striker Khader AdnanMa`an - Adnan was released in July last year after he undertook a 55-day hunger strike to protest his administrative detention -- internment without trial or charge. "All the guarantees which Sheikh Khader asked for have been obtained, and so he triumphed over the occupation state after 55 days of hunger strike," Adnan`s wife told Ma`an at the time. However, Adnan`s release was only made possible after he withdrew his demand that Israel agree never to hold him in administrative detention again. His hunger strike, which brought him near death by the time it concluded was the second he had carried out, following a 66-day long hunger strike in 2012 that also ended in his release. [bz]5/1/2016
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Israeli military confronts violent protests with increasingly lethal forceWilliam Booth and Ruth Eglash - Washington Post - Over the past three months, Israeli forces have shot and killed more than 46 Palestinians during clashes. Most were killed by a single shot to the head or chest, suggesting lethal intent. A handful of others died from wounds inflicted by tear gas canisters or rubber-coated steel bullets. Israeli politicians hope a hard response will "pacify the population". But Palestinian unrest continues, and as one Palestinian leader put it, “in our culture, funerals create more funerals.” [ak]5/1/2016
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Israeli forces demolish homes of 2 Palestinian attackers in JerusalemMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces on Monday demolished the family home of a Palestinian attacker killed in October and sealed off the home of another attacker`s family with cement, the families told Ma`an" [ry]4/1/2016
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Preparations underway for Hebron-area funerals of 17 PalestiniansMa`an - Hebron District Attorney Alaa Tamimi told Ma’an that since the bodies were transferred Friday evening, he oversaw examinations of the bodies by forensic doctors, also carried out in the presence of Palestinian Attorney-General, Abd al-Ghani Uweiwi. Tamimi said that the autopsies showed that all 17 had been “executed” without being given any medical treatment after being shot. [bz]2/1/2016
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