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Life under occupation

Gaza ceasefire proving once again to be part of the ‘occupation game’Pam Bailey - Mondoweiss - This lukewarm truce in Gaza is part of a long, boringly consistent pattern. A 2009 study that tracked patterns of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza over the course of eight years revealed that unlike what Western mainstream media coverage of the conflict suggests, Israel violates the vast majority of ceasefires first.-rh18/9/2014
Victory for Khalida Jarrar!Samidoun - With steadfastness and resistance, and the campaign of thousands in Palestine and around the world who have stood with Khalida Jarrar, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Jarrar today achieved victory and the end of the expulsion order to Jericho placed upon her by Israeli occupation authorities.-rh18/9/2014
Gaza: Life amid the rubbleYolande Knell - BBC News - More than 400,000 of Gaza`s residents were displaced by Israel`s recent 50-day military operation. Some 18,000 homes were also destroyed and many more were damaged. One of the worst affected neighbourhoods was Shejaiya, near the eastern border, where the Israeli military says it targeted Palestinian militants and their tunnels.-rh18/9/2014
Summary of 2013 data: 199 invatigations into criminal offences by IDF soldiers against Palestinians - only 6 led to indictmentsYesh Din - Yesh Din and B`Tselem áöìí, two Israeli human rights organizations, declared today that the military law enforcement system is a complete failure and that the data shows Israel is unwilling to improve it, and as a result - is unwilling to conduct thorough and proper investigations of harm caused to Palestinians by the Israeli military forces.17/9/2014
After the CeasefireOmar Robert Hamilton - London Review of Books - On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following.-rh17/9/2014
There is nothing static about the West Bank "status quo"Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Netanyahu’s government treats all “state land” in the West Bank as if it already belongs to Israel, as opposed to land under dispute. For Israel it’s actually better than annexed land: projects that would take an arduously long time to plan and execute under the civilian planning system in Israel proper can materialize in a matter of months under the IDF military regime in the West Bank.-rh17/9/2014
Israeli Court: “Army At Fault In Killing Palestinian Driver”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The slain Palestinian left behind a wife and five children; the oldest of them is 12." - id17/9/2014
Israeli government plans to forcibly relocate 12,500 Bedouin Amira Hass - Haaretz - Concentrating the [West Bank] Bedouin into a few permanent towns represents the culmination of a 40-year process of limiting their pasturage, restricting their migrations and refusing to let them build permanent homes in places where they have lived for decades. [bz]16/9/2014
Israeli police arrest 22 Palestinians in East JerusalemMa`an - Five minors were interrogated for several hours and then released on house arrest - Muhammad Khaled Abd al-Razzaq, 12, Mutaz Shweiki, 13, Ashraf Ghaith, 14, Muhammad Younis Abd al-Razzaq, 14, and Marwan Alwat, 14. The arrests brought to 700 the number of arrests in East Jerusalem since July. [bz]16/9/2014
Army Cuts Electricity to Kufr Qaddum, 6 Villagers Dependant on Oxygen Machines EvacuatedIMEMC - The deliberate power cut Thursday night was an added rage to the weekly Friday demonstration in Kufr Qaddum. A resident explained that the village electricity comes form the illegal Qedumim settlement and that “somebody decided to press the button and cut the supply to the whole village.” [bz]16/9/2014
Israel jailed influential Palestinian writer `to remove him from society`Patrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "“Administrative detention is one of the most difficult of Israel’s tactics because prisoners have nothing but uncertainty. They never know when or if they will go home, and neither do their families.” - id 16/9/2014
Two Hebron Children Hospitalized After Settlers’ AttackAgencies - IMEMC - "The settlers started organizing provocative tours, each Saturday evening, in different parts of the Old City of Hebron, under heavy Israeli military presence, and frequently attack the Palestinians. Some 800 Israeli settlers live in the city of Hebron, and around 250.000 Palestinians." - id 14/9/2014
Autopsy Reveals Slain Detainee Died Of Extreme TortureSaed Bannoura - IMEMC " Issa Qaraqe’, head of the Detainees’ Committee at the Palestinian Authority, stated that detainee Raed Abdul-Salaam al-Ja’bari, 37, died after being severely and repeatedly tortured by Israeli interrogators.Qaraqe’ accused Israel of committing two main crimes against al-Ja’bari by alleging he hanged himself in his cell, and by trying to falsify and hide the leading cause of death, which is extreme and brutal torture." ca12/9/2014
Palestinians condemn plan to forcibly transfer thousands of BedouinsMa`an News Agency - "Palestinian Minister of Agriculture Shawqi al-Ayasa said in a statement that the six Israeli plans publicized this week would have serious negative impacts on Palestinian society and would severely harm the Bedouin way of life, "shaking the economic and social structure of the Palestinian community." ca 12/9/2014
42 Wounded Children From Gaza Arrive In Germany For TreatmentSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The wounded children were received in Germany, in an official ceremony held by the Palestinian Embassy in Berlin, the Palestinian Community in the country, representatives of the Friedensdorf Foundation and representatives of German Hospitals who will be providing the children with the needed medical treatment." ca 12/9/2014
We Just Want to LiveTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - There is also no statistics that take under account the young men who left their homes in Hebron in seek of work in Jerusalem, or as they call it: “to bring bread to the children”, and got caught by the border police who drove them and dumped them at the checkpoint like an object of no use. They also just want to live.-rh 10/9/2014
`Police threaten to destroy memorial for slain Palestinian teen, Mohammed Abu Khdeir`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - Israel Police on Sunday threatened to destroy a memorial for murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive by several Israeli Jews on July 2, according to Tamar Fleishman, an Israeli activist who met with the Abu Khdeir family on Sunday. Mohammed’s father, Hussein, reportedly said police instructed him to dismantle it or they would.-rh10/9/2014
Palestinian Killed By Israeli Army Fire Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - " Issa Salem al-Qatari, 22 years of age, was preparing for his wedding that was planned for next week." - id 10/9/2014
Army incursions into MadamaNablus team - ISM - "...they insisted that we could not take pictures of individual soldiers."..."“If what you are doing is right, why do you hide your faces?”"..."They also promised us trouble by the immigration authorities when leaving the country." - id 10/9/2014
`Police threaten to destroy memorial for slain Palestinian teen, Mohammed Abu Khdeir`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - As clashes and riots break out over the death of another Palestinian teen shot by Israel police, authorities order the family of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive this summer, to dismantle their memorial. [bz]9/9/2014
IDF demolished 9 structures in Rahwa Operation Dove - Israeli soldiers entered into the tiny Palestinian village of Rahwa, South Hebron Hills, and demolished three houses, three animal shelters and three toilets. All the demolished structures were built with simple materials. Ar-Rawha is located in area C and has no access to electricity, to the water pipeline and to any kind of facilities and services - which are plentifully provided to nearby Israeli settlements. 9/9/2014
Jerusalem clashes after teen`s funeralMa`an - Israeli forces attacked the funeral procession of slain Jerusalem teenager Abd al-Majid Sinokrot after mourners marched from his hometown of Wadi Joz to the al-Aqsa mosque on Monday. Jerusalem has been rocked by protests for two days after news broke that the teenager died from injuries sustained when he was shot. [bz]9/9/2014
Israeli forces detain 4 Gaza fishermenMa`an - Last Tuesday, fishermen told Ma`an Israeli forces fired at them with machine guns while they were fishing well within the six-mile limit near Rafah, in an apparent breach of the ceasefire deal. The Israeli army confirmed the incident at the time but said only warning shots had been fired and that the fishermen were further than six miles from shore. [bz]9/9/2014
VIDEO: Seven-year-old Violently Detained, One Child and Two Adults ArrestedISM - IMEMC - A teacher, Abd al-Aziz Hmad Rjob, from the UN school was forced into a headlock as he was trying to intervene with the crying seven-year old. He was also dragged up the road where he was arrested. [bz]9/9/2014
Who are Israel`s Palestinian informants? Mohammed Omer--Israel relies on information provided by a network of Palestinian collaborators. But how does the system really work? dn7/9/2014
Palestinians march across West Bank against Israeli occupationMa`an - In Wadi Fukin protesters headed toward lands in the eastern part of the village that are under threat of confiscation [under the latest 4000 dunam land grab] and started planting olive tree saplings, but were subsequently assaulted by Israeli soldiers. [bz]6/9/2014
Israel Announces Bids For The Construction Of Settlement Units Near RamallahSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Israeli government announced, Thursday, bids for the construction of 283 units in an illegal settlement, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah." ca5/9/2014
ACTION ALERT: Take action for the immediate release of Dr. Yousef Abdul HaqSamidoun - Dr. Yousef was taken from his home at approximately 02:30am and transferred to Huwwara Military Camp, just south of Nablus city. 7 days later Dr. Yousef appeared before an Israeli Military Court where a Judge consented to Dr. Yousef’s detention, without charge, for 4 months.-rh4/9/2014
Did Israel commit war crimes in Rafah?Karin Laub and Ibrahim Barzak - The Christian Science Monitor - A Palestinian rights group argues that the Israeli army violated the rules of war, which include giving adequate warning to civilians, using proportionate force and distinguishing between civilians and combatants. Unlike in many other Gaza battles, civilians were caught by surprise by the sudden fire and sealed exits.-rh4/9/2014
Wadi SimsimDavid Shulman - The Villages Group - Suhail has the sun-scorched face of a south Hebron shepherd. Deep eyes. A certain natural, visible goodness, an ease of being and speaking. He knew today was going to be hard because already at 5AM he saw, from his tent, how the soldiers turned up in their jeeps. We left Jerusalem at 6, when it was barely light, and by 7 we had climbed down the fierce slope of Zanuta and made our rendezvous.-rh4/9/2014
Gazans reject Israel`s calls to disarmRasha Abou Jalal - Al-Monitor - Palestinians believe it`s necessary that the Palestinian resistance remains armed as long as the Israeli occupation persists in the Palestinian territories. They are convinced that the resistance`s disarmament will lead to further losses of their rights.-rh 3/9/2014
Israelis unsure whether they won or lost in GazaJonathan Cook - The View from Nazareth - In late July, as Israel launched its ground offensive, Netanyahu’s approval ratings stood at 82 per cent. Days before the current ceasefire took effect on 26 August, that figure had slumped to 55 per cent.-rh 3/9/2014
Honor the victims: Avoid past mistakes in reconstructing Gaza Omar Shaban - Ma`an News Agency - should efforts focus on reconstruction and renovation or on building and development? In post-World War II Japan, for instance, the question was: Do we focus on mending what the war destroyed or on building new foundations? The right approach lies in successfully combining the two. But beyond international experience there are specific lessons to learn from past efforts in Gaza, especially given that they have not been successful in putting Gaza back on its feet, and that is putting it mildly.-rh 3/9/2014
Tens of thousands remain homeless in GazaJoe Catron - The Electronic Intifada - "On Sunday, 58,071 people still lived in 36 UN schools across the coastal enclave, according to Chris Gunness, spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees." - id 3/9/2014
Homeless Gazans Need 5,000 CaravansIMEMC - News & Agencies - "See -- "VIDEO: Gaza City`s Devastated Al-Shuja`eyya Suburb"" - id 3/9/2014
Palestinian Killed By Army Fire Near QalqiliaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israeli sources claimed the slain man "tried to speed through the roadblock", allegedly to ram the soldiers with his car, before the soldiers shot him." - id 3/9/2014
Soldiers Kidnap 17 Palestinians In JeninSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, ‘Anza village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, broke into and ransacked several homes, and kidnapped 17 Palestinians" [ry]2/9/2014
Israel seizes PA tax revenuesMa`an - Israel has seized some 200 million shekels ($55 million) from monthly tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. The Israelן move was allegedly in order to cover unpaid debts Palestinian debts, espקcially over electricity. The seizure will jeopardize the PA`s ability to pay civil servant salaries in Gaza. On Sunday, senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq said an agreement was reached between Hamas and PA officials to pay salaries on Wednesday, but that looks to be unlikely given Israel`s seizure of PA funds. A senior Palestinian official said that The move by Israel is a deliberate attempt to create obstacles for the Palestinian unity government. The Israeli minister directly concerned in the move is Finance Minister Lapid, the same who made a positive-sounding statement regarding Gaza. ak1/9/2014
Mixed results in post-war Gaza opinion poll The latest results in the survey conducted Dr. Nabil Kukali in Gaza Strip revealed the following key results: 72.5% are worried about another military confrontation with Israel; 54.9% believe that the Israeli deterrence has receded; 52.6% support the resumption of the peace negotiations with Israel; 51.3% highly rated the extent of the media coverage; 77.6% believe that Israel has been painfully beaten by the Palestinian militants. ak 1/9/2014
Israeli forces shoot, critically injure Jerusalem teenMa`an - Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, from Wadi al-Joz suffered a fractured skull after being shot. The teenager was speaking on his mobile phone while walking to a nearby mosque for late evening prayers when he was hit, in what his father said was an unprovoked attack. [bz]1/9/2014
The IDF’s real faceGideon Levy--Khalil Anati was from the Al-Fawar refugee camp in the southern part of the West Bank; a soldier in an armored jeep shot him in the back with a live round and killed him as he was running home. He was 10 years old. Mohammed Al-Qatari was a promising soccer player from the Al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah. A soldier shot him from a distance of several dozen meters while he was taking part in a demonstration against the Gaza war. He was 19 years old when he died. Hashem Abu Maria was a social worker from Beit Ummar who worked for the Geneva-based NGO Defense for Children International. He participated in a demonstration against the Gaza war, trying to protect children by preventing them from throwing stones. An IDF sharpshooter situated on a distant balcony shot and killed him. He was 45 years old, a father of three children. Soldiers killed two more demonstrators at that demonstration.dn31/8/2014
A Month and a half in Israel and Palestine--A Rubber Bullet in the HeadDIEGO FILIU--Palestine, Israel. One of the longest conflicts in History. One of the most mediatized ones as well. And surely one of the most complex to solve. This conflict, I had studied it, even before being admitted to a Middle-East-focused BA degree at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and Columbia University. But this summer, I decided to go on the ground to better understand it, to live closer to the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. dn 31/8/2014
Israel arrests almost 600 Palestinians in August: NGOAFP - Many were arrested during demonstrations in support of Palestinians in Gaza. [bz]30/8/2014
Israeli forces use Palestinian child as human shield in GazaDefence for Children International - Ahmad, from Khuza`a, near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family on July 23. He was forced at gunpoint to search for tunnels for five days, during which time he was interrogated, verbally and physically abused, and deprived of food and sleep.-rh28/8/2014
War of attrition pointless in GazaAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Hamas with a war of attrition, he ignored that in such a war the winner is not the strongest army, but the side that has the least to lose.-rh 28/8/2014
Since the beginning of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in Gaza, Israeli forces have also injured at least 2,139 Palestinians in the West BankKate - Mondoweiss - As war rages in Gaza, West Bank routine of violence and arrests unabated — Arrests, expulsions, home demolitions, land seizure and settlers harassing Palestinians continues: Since the beginning of the fighting in the south on July 8, soldiers and police have injured 2,139 Palestinians in the West.-rh28/8/2014
The Difference Between ChildrenGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - In a world where there is some good, it would be impossible to understand the total, almost monstrous unfeelingness in the face of the killing of hundreds of children – not ours, but by us. Imagine them standing in a row: 478 children, in a graduating class of death. Imagine them wearing Messi shirts – some of those children wore them once.-rh 28/8/2014
The constant presence of death in the lives of Palestinian childrenNadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian - Mondoweiss - Israel is aware of the power that each Palestinian child possesses by mere virtue of their mere existence, and therefore, they need to keep children under constant threat of disappearing.-rh28/8/2014
Behind The IDF Killing Of A 10-year-old BoyGideon Levy and Alex Levac - Information Clearing House - Khalil Anati was 10 years and eight months old and came from the Al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron in the West Bank, when he was killed. An Israeli soldier had opened the door of his armored jeep, picked up his rifle, aimed it at the upper body of the boy, who was running with his back to the soldier, and cut him down with one bullet, fired from a distance of a few dozen meters.-rh 28/8/2014
Why did Netanyahu take aim at Gaza`s tallest towers?Samer Badawi - +972 - Bringing down buildings is about ratings, not military gain. f anything, this might be the awful truth behind Netanyahu’s war: It is a spectacle for Israeli consumption, even as it consumes the lives of Palestinian innocents.-rh28/8/2014
Rolling in underground tunnelsSlavoj Žižek - Mondoweiss - Today in Gaza, the Israeli military is fighting not only in underground tunnels, but also against the natives of the land. They are fighting not only against Hamas, but also against Palestine itself. They --alongside the West-- are fighting against a nation that they have tried to expel from the land for almost 70 years now. They are fighting not only because of these tunnels, but also and precisely to conquer the land within which the tunnels were dug.-rh28/8/2014
PCHR Calls for Stopping Extra-Judicial Executions in GazaPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - Press Releases - PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority and resistance groups to intervene to stop such extra-judicial executions whatever their reasons or motives are.-rh27/8/2014
All the Masks Have been RemovedTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - This year the appearances have been removed. All the masks have been removed. During the four Fridays of the Ramadan month in Qalandiya checkpoint the occupation had been disclosed, and all its shame was made visible in the public sphere.-rh 27/8/2014
Celebrations in Gaza after truceTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS - Arab News - "Mosques used their loudspeakers to broadcast celebratory chants as the wartorn enclave hailed the apparent end to some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence in a decade." - id 27/8/2014
FINALLY - Hamas, Israel Agree on Long-Term TruceSuhaib Salem - The Daily Beast - "Six people were said to have been killed after Israeli strikes in Gaza on Tuesday night, bringing the death toll to around 2,200, more than a quarter of whom were children." - id "27/8/2014
69% of Gaza Schools Damaged by Israeli AssaultsConnie Hackbarth Alternative Information Center - ""Israel’s ongoing assault has significantly damaged at least 277 Governmental and UNRWA schools. About 30% are still being used as shelters for displaced families.”" - id 27/8/2014
His last cry of pain "echoes in my ears"Maram Humaid - The Electronic Intifada - "Hala tried to phone her husband several times on the day of the massacre. He did not respond, so she sent him text messages. Still no response.Then she turned on the TV. Al Jazeera showed images of a dead man, wearing a vest marked “press.”" - id 27/8/2014
Nowhere Is Safe: Israel Tells Gazans to ‘Stay Away From Terrorists’Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Israel to Call Up Another 10,000 Reservists as War Escalates [ry]25/8/2014
As war rages in Gaza, West Bank routine of violence and arrests unabatedAmira Hass - Haaretz - Arrests, expulsions, home demolitions, land seizure and settlers harassing Palestinians continues: Since the beginning of the fighting in the south on July 8, soldiers and police have injured 2,139 Palestinians in the West Bank [ry]25/8/2014
Gaza and the Palestinian Struggle for StatehoodHenry Siegman - Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center - Occupied people who are told by their occupier that their subjugation is permanent and that they will never be allowed to exercise the right to national self-determination and sovereign existence on territories recognised by the international community as their rightful patrimony have every right to resort to resistance, including violent resistance, to achieve their freedom, if they are reacting to the violence that is keeping them illegally under occupation.-rh 21/8/2014
Homeless Gazans struggle to find shelterMohammed Othman - Al-Monitor - Abu Assar and her 13-member family fled the neighborhood of Shajaiya in eastern Gaza following a major attack by Israeli forces on July 19. “The situation is increasingly worsening in the hospital park, where thousands of displaced people have taken refuge,” Abu Assar told Al-Monitor.-rh 21/8/2014
Revenge devoid of purpose: Punitive demolitions of Palestinian homesCody O’Rourke and Jeff Halper - Mondoweiss - And the “punitive” demolitions were pointless and, indeed, counterproductive, even by Israel’s own standards. Over the years the Israeli authorities have demolished some 40,000 Palestinian homes, either as “collateral damage” in military incursions (10,000 were destroyed in the latest round of fighting in Gaza) or because, since 1967, Israel has refused to grant building permits to Palestinians, who are then forced to build “illegally” and face demolition. In virtually none of these cases was “security” the reason for demolition, as testified by the fact that none of the owners were ever arrested.-rh21/8/2014
Adameer : Urgent – Palestinian Legislative Council Member Khalida Jarrar Expelled to JerichoSamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - At 1.30 A.M on 20 August 2014 approximately 50 Israeli occupying soldiers surrounded Jarrar`s home in Ramallah. An Israeli captain then proceeded to hand Jarrar an order which states that Jarrar must not leave the district of Jericho for the next six months and can only leave with the express permission of the Israeli military commander in the West Bank.-rh 21/8/2014
Palestinians, Europeans support reopening Rafah crossingDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - With or without the movement of goods, the reopening of Rafah on a 24-hour basis after the implementation of a permanent cease-fire would have a profound effect on the besieged residents of Gaza, who would consider it the most visible sign that the war and the siege of Gaza are finally over.-rh 21/8/2014
In 2008 Israel Agreed to a Protocol for the Port of Gaza : Why not now?Paul Larudee - Dissidentvoice - In short, there is nothing in the Hamas demands that Israel cannot accept and has not already accepted in similar circumstances, as long as international monitors are placed in charge of implementing agreed protocols for control and security. This is a common sense solution that can meet the requirements of all concerned and allow Gaza to develop itself in ways that are well established in the rest of the world.-rh 21/8/2014
Hamas: Israel tried to kill armed wing leader Mohammed DeifReuters - Ynet - "Marzouk said Israel had ruptured the truce alleging it was in order "to assassinate Mohammed Deif," but that civilians were killed at the site of the attack." - id 20/8/2014
Israeli airstrikes kill three in Gaza, rockets fired at Israel as ceasefire breaks downEdo Konrad - +972 - "Operation Protective Edge has so far claimed over 2,000 Palestinian lives and 67 Israeli lives, the vast majority of whom were soldiers killed during the ground invasion of Gaza." - id 20/8/2014
UN: Amount of Destruction in Gaza ‘Unprecedented’Celine Hagbard - IMEMC - "Serry reported that the number of homes and apartment buildings destroyed or severely damaged in the Israeli assault is 16,800. In contrast, no Israeli homes were damaged severely by Palestinian rocket fire during the month long Israeli invasion of Gaza." - id 20/8/2014
Gaza children unable to go back to schoolFares Akram - Aljazeera - A math teacher, al-Arqan was meant to return to school in less than a week. But as violence has resumed in Gaza after the breakdown of ceasefire talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo, the school year has been postponed indefinitely in the besieged Palestinian territory.-rh20/8/2014
How a Palestinian turned airstrikes into artLauren Hansen - The Week - It`s a harsh reality for those living in the war zone. But 27-year-old Tawfik Gebreel, who lives in Gaza, chooses to find some hope among the wreckage. The Palestinian architect and artist turns photos from the conflict into inspirational portraits of serenity, love, and strength. Using Photoshop, Gebreel manipulates plumes of black smoke into a father playing with his child, a fist emerging from ruins, and a stallion rearing above the crumbling cityscape.-rh20/8/2014
Israel Demolishes Palestinian House Without Prior Notice in East JerusalemWafa - The house owner, Tawfiq Gazzawi, said Israeli forces surrounded the house in the early morning hours and prevented them from evacuating the house contents before demolishing it without any prior notice. The 380-square-meter house was a shelter for 17 family members, added Gazzawi. He added that the Israeli authorities had tried to demolish the house in 2006, but a court ruling made that attempt a failure. [bz]19/8/2014
Touring the devastated industrial zones of GazaMartin Lejeune - Maan - On the night of the July 27 the Israeli air force dropped three bombs on Al-Hurani`s carpentry workshop. The carpentry of the Al-Hurani family had been well-known across the northern Gaza Strip. "It was all designed according to the desires of each individual customer, processed with the best woods and decorated with passion". Now the plant is totally destroyed, leaving the Al-Hurani family and 25 regular workers without livelihood. ak 19/8/2014
`We want a ceasefire for always, not for three days`Ma`an - Gaza`s health ministry said the death toll rose above 2,000 as more people succumbed to injuries and bodies were found under rubble. The figures showed 2,016 people had been killed and another 10,196 wounded. Among the dead were 541 children.(...)"We want a ceasefire for always, not for three days" says Wafa, a mother of ten living with her family in a UN school after their home was destroyed. ak 19/8/2014
Why It`s Hard to Believe Israel`s Claim That It Did Its Best to Minimize Civilian DeathsIdan Barir - Huffington Post - Having served as a crew commander in the Israeli artillery corps, I feel compelled to counter the claim that Israel was targeting militants and doing its best to avoid civilian casualties. Artillery shells cannot be aimed precisely and are not meant to hit specific targets. After a 2006 incident, when a a stray Israeli shell landed inside the home of the Ghabeen family in Beit Lahiya and killed a young girl named Hadeel, the Attorney-General told the Supreme Court that no more artillery fire was to be used in the Gaza Strip. But just a few years later, during Operation Cast Lead, extensive artillery fire was again aimed at the heart of the Gaza Strip. And up until the recent ceasefire, throughout Operation Protective Edge, Israel has fired thousands of artillery shells into Gaza - causing intolerable harm to civilians and widespread destruction. ak 19/8/2014
A bullet through the heart of a Palestinian man - and an entire communityGideon Levy and Alex Levac--Ayham awoke and phoned his father, Hashem, who told his son that he would be home soon to finish building a new cage for the ducks in the garden. About 10 minutes later, an Israel Defense Forces sharpshooter fired a bullet into Hashem’s heart, killing him on the spot. The sharpshooter then took his rifle and left the balcony of the house from which he had shot Hashem, according to the family who own the apartment which the soldiers had taken over. dn16/8/2014
64 Palestinians Kidnapped In Jerusalem, West BankSaed Bannoura- IMEMC "Israeli soldiers kidnapped, late at night and on Thursday at dawn, at least 64 Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and in occupied East Jerusalem, and moved them to a number of interrogation facilities." ca15/8/2014
Palestinian unity scores concessions from Israel in CairoDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor "Supporters of Palestine around the world as well as in Palestine and nearby Arab countries have taken up the need to boycott Israel economically as a translation of the need to send a message to the Israelis that the illegal and unacceptable occupation will cost Israel financially and politically." ca 15/8/2014
New Gaza truce holding after shaky startMaan News - After days of shuttle diplomacy, the agreement clinched by Egypt ushered in what is potentially the longest period of calm in the five-week conflict and will allow more time for talks on the thorniest issues that separate the two sides, the Palestinians said.-rh 14/8/2014
Israel shocked by scope of Hamas tunnels in Gaza, but locating them still a challengeFelice Friedson - National Post - They lead “from mosque to mosque; mosque to house; house to hospital; kindergarten to house … It is estimated that gunmen are able to live inside a tunnel for weeks at a time, apparently sustained by the quantities of dates and water left behind.”-rh14/8/2014
As war with Israel shatters lives, more Gazans question Hamas decisionsSudarsan Raghavan - The Washington Post - So, after more than a month of war and devastation, Abu Halool speaks words that once seemed unthinkable: He says that although he despises Israel, he also blames Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups for his woes.-rh13/8/2014
Gaza: Netanyahu did Hamas a favor in this warGhassan Michel Rubeiz - The Arab Daily News - "Israel’s leader has managed to close the secret tunnels of the coastal strip. But exposed Palestinian suffering has generated global compassion for the eventual lifting of the blockade." - id13/8/2014
More stories from GazaSarah Algherbawi - ISM - "This is my university...the most dangerous type of terrorism is practiced here– knowledge building! Here we learned how to face the occupation with education and knowledge, and to make the world aware of who we are. My words are my weapons!" - id 13/8/2014
Gaza Volunteers Risk Their Lives for PalestiniansAl Ray Palestinian Media Agency - IMEMC - "Noble stories written in a time of war, Al Rays reports, to the most human degree, they begin with the very people who lost their properties and are still helping the others, and do not cease with efforts to rescue the rest." - id 13/8/2014
NEWSLETTER 13 Aug. 2014B`Tselem - Newsletter - I`m in a constant state of fear. When I`m at home, I fear for myself, my wife and my daughters. When I go out, I`m afraid of being bombed, or that a nearby building or the street I`m in will be bombed. But I am the channel through which information reaches the office, and from there – the world, so I haven`t stopped working.-rh13/8/2014
How the War in Gaza Could Have Been Avoided : The US and Israel passed on chance after chance to avoid the deadly war in Gaza—and prevent the deaths of thousands.Sandy Tolan - The Nation - Alongside the toll of death and broken lives, perhaps the saddest reality of the latest Gaza war, like the Gaza wars before it, is how easy it would have been to avoid. For the last eight years, Israel and the US had repeated opportunities to opt for a diplomatic solution in Gaza. Each time, they have chosen war, with devastating consequences for the families of Gaza.-rh 13/8/2014
Gaza Crisis: `The Real Danger to Israel Comes from Within`Julia Amalia Heyer interviews Eva Illouz - Spiegel online - The voice of the extreme right is much louder and clearer than it was before. That`s what`s new: a racist right that is not ashamed of itself, that persecutes dissenters and even people who dare express compassion for the other side. The real danger to Israel and its sustainability comes from within. The fascist and racist elements are no less a security threat than the outside enemies.-rh13/8/2014
Gaza: Palestine first and lastAlain Gresh - Le Monde diplomatique - More than a thousand Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s latest assault on Gaza, against some 40 Israelis, and the numbers are rising. But Gaza, the birthplace of Palestinian nationalism, has a long history of resistance.-rh 13/8/2014
Israeli forces kill Fatah activist in Nablus raidMa`an - Israeli forces killed Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra, 24, after laying siege to a building in the village. Al-Aqra`s brother is reported to live in one of the apartments in the three story building, which Israeli forces attacked with grenades and heavy gunfire. [bz]12/8/2014
Israel Border Police kill Zakaria al-Akra - report in an Israeli contextElior Levy and Yoav Zitun - Ynet - Violence in the West Bank due to increase if the Gaza front couldn`t be concluded diplomatically during the current three-day ceasefire, says the Minister of Police [bz] 12/8/2014
Israel`s attacks in Gaza town `a war crime` Mohammed Omer - AlJazeera - Witnesses say Israeli soldiers used Palestinians as human shields and fired on civilians in Khuza`a in southern Gaza [ry]11/8/2014
The forgotten victims of GazaAlaa` Odeh--Palestinians leave home looking for basic rights, including security and stability, but face consistent obstacles abroad, including rejection due to their identity. During times of war, Palestinians struggle to find opportunity, while watching the Israel’s violence and oppression from afar. This is the story of only one such Palestinian.dn10/8/2014
Israel Orders Halt on Palestinian Home Construction near BethlehemChris Carlson - IMEMC "Israeli forces have ordered several Palestinians working on their houses in the village of al-Khader, to the south of Bethlehem, to stop construction, under the pretext of "building without a permit", according to local mayor, Tawfiq Salah.Mr. Salah said, according to WAFA Palestinian News Agency, that Israeli forces (along with staff from "civil administration") served land owners with notices ordering them to stop work, giving the owners until September to either straighten out their legal status or be held legally accountable." ca 8/8/2014
Welcome to the status quo — a tour of the occupationNaomi Dann - Mondoweiss "As a first time visitor to the region, and as someone who had studied this so-called conflict extensively in an academic setting, it was incredibly powerful and disturbing to witness the visual manifestations of the occupation and to meet people working to bring peace with justice to the region. Infrastructure plays a subtle yet violent role in enforcing and expanding the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank. The separation wall, check points, the plethora of barbed wire, settler-only roads running over Palestinian underpasses, and rooftop water tanks are visually striking elements of the architecture of occupation. Equally striking, however, is the resilience and strength of popular resistance against the occupation." ca8/8/2014
Gaza`s health and humanitarian crisisKristin Solberg - The Lancet - The deadliest attack on a health facility was the shelling of al Aqsa hospital in Deir al Balah in central Gaza on July 21. The hospital came under direct tank fire several times, and the surgical ward, the intensive care unit, and pieces of life-saving equipment were severely damaged. Four people died instantly and six died later from injuries, according to WHO.-rh 7/8/2014
We are all complicit in the bombardment of GazaANDREW SMITH - Open Democracy - Yesterday Baroness Sayeeda Warsi resigned from the UK government in opposition to its uncritical support of Israel, while Scotland`s First Minister Alex Salmond called for an embargo on all arms sales to Israel. In Birmingham activist group London Palestine Action successfully shut down and occupied a factory owned by Elbit Systems, Israel`s largest arms company.-rh7/8/2014
July 2014: Over 1930 Palestinians arrested by occupation forcesSamidoun - Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - During July 2014, nearly 2,000 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli occupation forces, reported the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies, including all sectors of Palestinian society. There are now over 6,200 Palestinians in occupation prisons.-rh 7/8/2014
From Iran to the tunnels: Do we really have to live this way?Nir Baram - +972 - Those who spot an existential threat at every turn, turn their backs on diplomacy and mock peace efforts are now astonished to find that the enemy has sought out their own weapons of attack. The tunnels are a self-fulfilling prophecy; the time has come to look for another way.-rh7/8/2014
Eight Days in Gaza: A Wartime DiaryAtef Abu Saif - New York Times - Sunday, July 27 For the last two hours we’ve heard nothing but sonic booms and the sound of rockets and mortars. Shells have fallen on our street a few hundred yards from my father-in-law’s house, where my wife and I, and our five kids, are staying, and on the street behind us.-rh7/8/2014
Gazans return to their neighborhoods — and find them decimatedSwati Sharma - The Washington Post - Another cease-fire took effect between Israeli forces and Hamas in Gaza, allowing many residents to venture back to their homes. Many found their houses in ruins and tried to salvage any belongings that might have survived the fighting. Others took the time to search for any victims buried in the piles of rubble. Intense airstrikes and ground attacks have taken a huge toll on many towns in the region. Here is a look at Gaza almost a month after Israel began Operation Protective Edge.-rh6/8/2014
Israel attacks my university — with bombs and liesRami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - " Fewer and fewer people are swallowing Israel’s lies. Far from destroying “weapons development centers,” Israel is trying to destroy our lives. It is intent on denying us the possibility of learning and working in peace. Israel will not succeed. We will keep on educating our people, no matter how many times we are bombed." - id 6/8/2014
Red Cross in Gaza: Rebuilding will take yearsElior Levy and Attila Somfalvi - Ynet - "In a Ynet exclusive, Sara Badiei, a Red Cross engineer in Gaza says that most Gazans have been left with no electricity and little drinkable water." - id 6/8/2014
Gaza ‘Mass Execution’ InvestigatedJesse Rosenfeld - The Daily Beast - " “My father will burn this all down,” says Mohammad waving his hand over the two homes that share a courtyard. “Who could live in a place where such a terrible crime has happened.”" - id 6/8/2014
Israeli delegation joins Palestinian factions in Cairo for long-term truce talks Jerusalem Post - With the 72-hour cease-fire which began at 8 a.m. appearently holding, Israel sent a negotiating team to Cairo for indirect talks with Palestinians factions, aimed at reaching a long-term truce. Earlier cases of indirect talks between Israel and Hamas had never been so openly and officially proclaimed. Demands presented by the Palestinian delegation, already in Cairo, include an immediate cease- fire, a lifting of the siege and reopening of all border crossings, international assurances that Israel would refrain from launching military attacks, and UN assistance in rebuilding the Strip. More fundamental demands include an airport, seaport and free passage to the West Bank.ak5/8/2014
Palestinians consider joining the International Criminal Court Ma`an - Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, visint the Netherlands, met with officials of the International Criminal Court in the to discuss the Israeli offensive on Gaza. He inquired about the legal procedures necessary for Palestine to join the ICC and sign the Rome Statute, in order to take possible action against Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Al-Maliki said he would consult members of the Palestinian Authority government on the matter after his visit.ak5/8/2014
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel `breaks ceasefire in minutes` as eight-year-old girl killed in air strike Adam Withnall - The Independent - Israel called `humanitarian window` after receiving international condemnation for shelling of UN shelter in Gaza [ry]4/8/2014
How a ‘kidnapped’ soldier illustrates Israel’s deceptionJonathan Cook - The National - "And then there was the explosion of military fury as Israel realised its soldier was missing. Israeli correspondents suggested the notorious `Hannibal procedure` had been invoked: the use of all means to stop a soldier being taken alive, including killing him. The rationale is to prevent the enemy gaining a psychological advantage in negotiations. The unleashing of massive firepower appeared designed to ensure Goldin and his captors never made it out of their tunnel, but in the process dozens of Palestinians died" [ry]4/8/2014
Emergency call from GazaMartin Lejeune - Gaza City, 31st July - The nerves are constantly on the edge after three and a half weeks of continuous bombardment, of which I only experienced one and a half weeks. Nevertheless, all 70 inhabitants of this house behave calm and considerate. They share everything they have, a baked bread, the last cigarette, a mobile phone battery or a piece of soap for personal hygiene. Yesterday I was in our quarters’ kindergarten, where 80 people are sleeping per room. 2/8/2014
"The front line is none of your business"Martin Lejeune - Gaza City, 1st August - “During such attacks from Israel, the population decides to stand together and resist in unity explains Mahmoud Abu Rahma, Director of the independent Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza City. The center bravely records human rights violations of all warring factions in the Gaza Strip.2/8/2014
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