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Life under occupation

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UNRWA Forced to Suspend Gaza Assistance Due to Lack of Fundsby UNWRA - IMEMC "Gaza, 27 January 2015: UNRWA has been forced to suspend its cash assistance programme in Gaza to tens of thousands of people for repairs to damaged and destroyed homes and for rental subsidies to the homeless... It is easy to look at these numbers and lose sight of the fact that we are talking about thousands of families who continue to suffer through this cold winter with inadequate shelter. People are literally sleeping amongst the rubble, children have died of hypothermia”. USD 5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable.” ca30/1/2015
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Water Crisis in East Jerusalem ContinuesACRI - "Update: Following the court hearing, the Justices gave the parties 14 days to meet to begin outlining a plan for upgrading water infrastructure in East Jerusalem. The plan must be submitted to the court within 60 days...Israeli planning authorities have never conducted urban planning for the neighborhoods of Ras Khamis, Ras Shahada, Dahyat a-Salam, and the Shu’afat Refugee Camp, located in North-East Jerusalem and within the city’s municipal boundaries for 48 years...The prolonged water crisis is just one example of the chaos and neglect suffered by Jerusalem residents living beyond the separation barrier." ca30/1/2015
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Cold miseryThe Economist - "Gaza has been broken by three Israeli offensives in five years; eight years of economic blockade; one-party rule by Hamas, an armed Islamist group; and a distant Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, who has largely forsaken the territory that he lost to Hamas in 2007. The rickety social system that somehow held Gaza together is falling apart."ca30/1/2015
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Israel Destroys Water Lines Feeding Palestinian Areas in Jordan Valley Ma`an News Agency - " Israeli forces on Thursday destroyed a water network which feeds Palestinian villages and Bedouin dwellings in the northern Jordan Valley, the head of the village council of al-Maleh and its surrounding Bedouin dwellings said.Arif Daraghmah told Ma`an that Israeli troops escorted excavators which destroyed a 2,000-meter-long water pipeline near the village of al-Atuf. The pipeline, he said, was funded by the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees." ca 30/1/2015
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Gaza 2014 : No safe placePhysicians for Human Rights - the report was written following a request by Physicians for Human Rights–Israel (PHR-IL) in order to determine the scope of destruction in body and spirit. It is the only report written by an independent international body granted a permit from Israeli authorities to enter the Gaza Strip during the war.-rh 29/1/2015
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Eyes Wide Open | Photo BlogMuhammad Sabah - B`Tselem - The following photographs were taken by Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem’s field researcher in the northern Gaza Strip. This is his account of the story behind the images: “The fighting during Operation Protective Edge made it practically impossible to get around Gaza to document events as they unfolded. It would have meant risking life and limb.-rh29/1/2015
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“I always thought I’d be next to die”: Gaza journalists reflect on a bloody 2014Patrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "Sixteen press workers — fifteen Palestinians and one Italian — were killed by Israel during the attack on Gaza." - id 28/1/2015
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UN aid agency to Gazans: Sorry, but there`s no moneyYael Marom - +972 - "Only $135 million of pledged donor money has been delivered to Gaza, hundreds of millions short of what’s needed, the UN agency says." - id28/1/2015
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MP Holds Longest Administrative Imprisonment Record: 134 MonthsPNN - Palestine News Network - "The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights said that the kidnapped prisoner MP Hatem Qafisha (57) holds the record for the longest period of administrative imprisonment in Israeli prisons." - id 28/1/2015
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Village in Focus: As SawiyaInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "Seven mountains surround the village; much of the land is occupied by three illegal Israeli settlements – Eli, Rechelim, and Ma´ale Levona. As Sawiya suffers many injustices under Israeli occupation, including military and settler violence against the village’s residents, lands, homes, and schools." - id 28/1/2015
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Gaza-West Bank split divides loversAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - "The couple talks over Skype, Viber and Facebook and whatever other technology allows them to be closer to each other. But nothing compares to getting married and living under the same roof, in the house that Rashed bought on a mountain in Nablus." - id 28/1/2015
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PALESTINIAN GIRL IMPRISONED FOR TWO MONTHS, FOUR OTHER CHILDREN THREATENED BY ISRAELI AUTHORITIESEuromid Observer for Human Rights - Press release - A 14-year-old Palestinian girl has been imprisoned by Israeli authorities for 22 consecutive days without contact with her parents, and has just been sentenced to serve another month along with a stiff fine on her parents, reports Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights. Another four children as young as 11 were recently held for four hours under threat of detention and death.-rh28/1/2015
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Occupier’s justice: heads and tails you loseJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss - now that the settlers have a piece of paper with the court’s decision stating that the land belongs to Kiryat Arba, they can bill the Palestinian family for years of arrears on property taxes amounting to $22,000 – more than the family earns in several years. If they don’t pay, the settlers will seize the land and sell it.-rh28/1/2015
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Black Flag: The legal and moral implications of the policy of attacking residential buildings in the Gaza Strip, summer 2014B`Tselem - Summary - Even if political and military leaders thought this policy would bring an end to attacks on Israeli communities, they should not have implemented it because of its foreseeable, horrifying consequences as well as because of the black flag of illegality flying over it.-rh28/1/2015
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Israel jails Palestinian girl, 14, for throwing stonesMaktoob / Yahoo News - The Khatibs said they were shocked when the judge sentenced Malak to two months in prison, including time served, and a 6,000 shekel ($1,500) fine, making her the youngest Palestinian female held by Israel. During the hearings, the Khatibs were not allowed to speak to Malak, who was brought into the courtroom handcuffed, her ankles shackled together. "Malak was out near a bypass road when the army detained her," Ali said. "They said she was throwing stones there. She was so scared, she confessed to whatever charges they brought before her." [bz]27/1/2015
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Report: “37 Children Exiled From Their Homes In Jerusalem, 253 Under House Arrest”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The courts force the families to sign affidavits to abide by the rulings, and if the child violates those agreements, the parents are themselves imprisoned or fined, and the child sent back to prison. This type of punishment turns the parents into jailers of their own children. Children who are forced to live under house arrest, or those exiled from their homes and neighborhoods, have to wear ankle monitors directly supervised by the Israeli Police, and the security forces. Such measures are direct violations of International Law, especially the “Convention on the Rights of the Child.” [bz]27/1/2015
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Israel to Demolish Structures near Hebron.Wafa Palestinian News - The At-Tabban village is in Area C under full Israeli control where building permits are strictly limited. 60% of the total West Bank is Area C, making the chance of a viable Palestinian state near to impossible. [bz]27/1/2015
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UN agency criticises Israel for razing Palestinian homeAFP - Al Jazeera - Office for Humanitarian Affairs accuses Israel of demolishing 77 Palestinians` homes in the West Bank just this week. During 2014 Israel carried out a record number of demolitions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. [bz]24/1/2015
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Hamdallah: Israel must pay PA tax revenuesMa`an News Agency - "During the meeting, Nilsson said Sweden has increased its financial aid to the PA to $100 million over the next five years.The freeze of about $127 million imposed on January 3 was in violation of the Oslo peace agreement between Israel and the PLO, the UN said last week." ca 23/1/2015
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In photos: Gaza’s shattered familiesAnne Paq - The Electronic Intifada - "The Kilanis were not the only family to be wiped out in Gaza last summer. According to the United Nations monitoring group OCHA, 142 families lost at least three members in Israel’s military assault." - id 21/1/2015
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Israeli forces weld shut the doors of an elderly Palestinian woman’s houses on Shuhada StreetPhoto Story - ISM - "When international activists attempted to ask why they were being kept back from the scene, soldiers typically responded: “because I say so.” - id 21/1/2015
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Two Palestinians are killed near Gush Etzion settlement bloc in West Bank -Kate - Mondoweiss - Israeli forces opened fire at two Palestinians near the Gush Etzion Junction between Bethlehem and Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday evening, killing one. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma‘an that two Palestinians “were involved in a criminal incident” in the area, and one was shot by Israeli soldiers after he attempted to flee the area. The man was “injured seriously and died in the evening,” he told Ma‘an, adding that the other was arrested.-rh21/1/2015
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IDF detains a child and destroys four structures Operation Dove - PRESS RELEASE - At about 9.00 a.m. IDF bulldozers started to tear down two houses and two animal shelters, belonged to the Palestinian Rabai family in Ar-Rifa`iyya. The demolitions affected a total of twenty-five people, included ten children. The Municipality placed two tents to let the people involved have a place to stay at least during the night. 21/1/2015
Occupation Captured : A week of occupation in photosChristian Peacemaker Teams - Pictured here: Palestinian children playing in the streets of Hebron. Next to them and above them is the illegal settlement of Beit Romano, and the ever watchful eyes of the Israeli Military. Despite the presence of the occupation, they continue to play and practice their athletic tricks on their streets. THIS is resistance.-rh 21/1/2015
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Palestinians in East Jerusalem go 10 months without water : Israel refuses to connect four neighborhoods in its self-declared capital to running water.Mairav Zonszein - +972 - The Water Authority and the Ministry of Infrastructure have said that they do not intend to connect the houses in these neighborhoods to the water supply, but rather will expand the flow to the central pipelines. This, despite admitting themselves that it will not solve the problem for the roughly 80,000 residents living in these areas.-rh 21/1/2015
Gaza Health Attack : No Safe PlacePhysicians for Human Rights - Full Report - In July 2014, following discussions with Al-Mezan, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) commissioned a fact-finding mission (hereafter ‘FFM’) to Gaza, whose aim was to gather evidence and draw preliminary conclusions regarding types, causes and patterns of injuries and attacks; attacks on medical teams and facilities; evacuation; impact of the conflict on the healthcare system; and longer-term issues including rehabilitation of the wounded, mental health, public health and displacement.-rh21/1/2015
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Israeli forces weld shut the doors of an elderly Palestinian woman’s houses on Shuhada StreetInternational Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team - This afternoon in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), Israeli forces gathered on Shuhada street, surrounding the doorways to the two houses belonging to Aamal Hashem Dundes, an elderly Palestinian woman, and her family. A soldier, wielding a torch and various other equipment, welded shut the doors. Soldiers and police kept international and Palestinian observers away as the houses were sealed up.-rh 21/1/2015
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Report details IDF `double tap` bombings that hit first responders in GazaHaggai Matar - +972 - "Using human shields, attacking medical teams and hospitals, shooting at civilians waving white flags. A new report....documents shocking testimonies of victims and presents new evidence." - id 21/1/2015
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Israeli forces demolish house in al-Isawiya in East JerusalemMa`an - Large numbers of Israeli troops and police officers stormed the al-Thahra neighborhood in the center of al-Isawiya at 4 a.m. and deployed in alleys (...) provoking locals on their way to work. As a result, young men clashed with the soldiers who fired tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets in all directions injuring a lady with a rubber-coated bullet. [bz]20/1/2015
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Israeli forces expel Hebron women from home, seal propertyMa`an - Israeli forces raided the home of Zuheira Oweida Dandis, 80, and Amal Dandis, 52, and forced them to leave their home before sealing the property. Witnesses said Israeli forces claimed they sealed the property for security reasons, without providing further details. [bz]20/1/2015
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PA struggles pay salaries amid Israel sanctionsMa`an News Agency - “As the Israeli government continues to withhold the tax revenue which it collects from Palestinian importers on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, the latter remains unable to pay the monthly salaries to more than 160,000 civil servants” [ry]19/1/2015
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PSC Update: Urgent Action – Gaza CrisisPSC--Urgent Action – Gaza Crisis dn17/1/2015
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4th Gaza Infant Dies of Severe Cold In Caravan HousePNN - Palestine News Network - "After three infant deaths of severe cold, Fadi Qudeih aged one and a half, Tuesday passed away of severe cold in a Caravan (Zinc house) where his family lives." - id 14/1/2015
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VIDEO: Olive trees destroyed in YasufNablus Team - International Solidarity Movement - "This is not the first time they have targeted trees – there was a similar incident three or four months ago and the affected family went to the Israeli police. No action has been taken." - id14/1/2015
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Winter storm gathers over Occupied PalestineMohammed 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." - id 14/1/2015
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Living among Gaza`s dead : Families living in squalor inside Gaza City`s el-Sheikh Shaban cemetery are calling for international intervention.Megan O`Toole - Aljazeera - The 43-year-old cannot say exactly how he ended up living in a makeshift home between gravestones; all he knows is that his family has lived here ever since the Nakba, the 1948 expulsion of Palestinians from their lands.-rh 14/1/2015
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General Briefing: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli PrisonsAdameer - This general briefing, prepared by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, provides a comprehensive overview of the situation of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli prisons and detention centers. The issues covered include different violations that prisoners are subjected to, including torture, isolation, and medical negligence, as well as the main categories of prisoners, such as women, children and administrative detainees.-rh14/1/2015
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Gaza universities struggle to stay afloatAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al Monitor - "Mohammad Tayseer cannot afford the media faculty fees at Al-Aqsa University, although majoring in journalism has always been his dream. He loves photography and aspires to become a well-known journalist." - id 14/1/2015
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Khader Adnan launches hunger strike against administrative detentionMa`an - Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails who staged one of the longest hunger strikes in history in 2012, has launched a new week-long hunger strike to protest his renewed detention without charge or trial by Israeli authorities. In November an Israeli military court ruled to release Adnan after five months without trial or charge, but that ruling was never implemented. [bz]13/1/2015
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Frosty Weather Kills Gaza Infant whose Home was Shelled in Israeli Summer Aggression WAFA--GAZA, January 10, 2015 (WAFA) – The frosty storm affecting the Palestinian Territory claimed the life of a newborn infant whose home was bombarded during the 51-day of Israeli aggression on the Gaza strip during the summer of 2014, said local medics. dn11/1/2015
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Remembering ShujayeaMegan O`Toole - Al-Jazeera "Israel`s 51-day war on the Gaza Strip last summer killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, displaced more than half a million others and damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes, according to UN data. Among the hardest hit areas was the densely populated district of Shujayea, where heavy tank and artillery shelling killed 72 people and injured more than 200 others in a single day in late July. The massacre sparked international condemnation.More than five months later, little has been rebuilt. Shujayea still looks like a war zone." ca9/1/2015
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Israeli forces demolish shops in Bethlehem-area village Ma`an News Agency - "Bulldozers destroyed Palestinian shops near the entrance of Hussan, with Israeli soldiers claiming the structures were built without permits...Israeli bulldozers demolished at least 552 Palestinian structures in the West Bank in 2014, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions."ca9/1/2015
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The Month in Pictures: December 2014The Electronic Intifada - "In the occupied Gaza Strip, which the United Nations warns will be potentially unlivable by 2020, the passing year closed as it had begun: under a comprehensive siege imposed by Israel in 2007 and enforced by Egypt’s dictatorship." - id 7/1/2015
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Israel Approves Administrative Detention Orders for 13 More Palestinian PrisonersNews & Agencies Report - IMEMC - "At the moment, there are 500 administrative detention detainees, 18 of whom are members of the Palestinian legislative council." - id 7/1/2015
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Remembering ShujayeaMegan O`Toole - Al-Jazeera - ""This was once one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Shujayea," Walid al-Zaza tells Al Jazeera. "We had houses, businesses, lives." Today, displaced concrete slabs sag precariously above heaps of rubble inside the apartment complex that Zaza`s friends once called home. Up and down the street, as far as one`s gaze can sweep, devastation reigns." - id 7/1/2015
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A week of occupation in photosChristian Peacemaker Teams - A Palestinian boy covers his ears as an Israeli border policeman fires rubber bullets into a crowd of teenage boys in the Qitoun neighborhood during clashes at school time. Rubber bullets were fired by Israeli forces on two days as children went to school in December.-rh7/1/2015
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Palestinian girl Malaak al-Khatib, 14, detained for additional week by Israeli forcesSamidoun - Palestinian girl, Malaak Ali al-Khatib, 14, was arrested on 31 December near her school in Bittin village, near Ramallah. Her detention was extended on Monday, 5 January for one week, until Sunday, 11 January, under the pretext of requiring a “conduct report” on the girl before releasing her. The 14-year-old girl is accused of “throwing stones” at Israeli occupation soldiers at the settler bypass road closed to Palestinians near her school. She is one of 23 women and girls and nearly 200 children detained by Israeli occupation forces.-rh 7/1/2015
First Palestinian ICC case to focus on Gaza warAttila Somfalvi - AFP - The first case the Palestinians will refer to the International Criminal Court will be the crimes Israel committed during summer 2014, including the Gaza war, a legal expert said Sunday.-rh 7/1/2015
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Israeli settlers attack US consulate convoy in the West Bank (Updated) Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - On Friday, American security personnel accompanying staff from the United States Consulate in Jerusalem drew their weapons on violent Israeli settlers who attacked a two vehicle U.S. convoy outside the Palestinian town of Turmusaya in the West Bank. Consulate staff were investigating an incident which took place on private Palestinian land on the first night of 2015 when six thousand recently planted olive saplings were uprooted, and dozens of old olive trees were destroyed by violent Jewish settlers from an illegal outpost, Adei Ad, near Turmusaya.-rh7/1/2015
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Why the world doesn`t see Palestine`s sufferingDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The interest of politicians, pundits and journalists usually piques about the Palestinians after sensational news generating major headlines, such as multiple killings, major settlement activities or various political machinations. Real-life, everyday events occurring throughout the occupied territories are rarely covered, although they are accessible through various public platforms.-rh 7/1/2015
Israel Approves Administrative Detention of 13 Detainees Wafa - At the moment there are 500 administrative detention detainees, 18 of whom are members of the legislative council. [bz] 6/1/2015
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Just Another DayB’Tselem - "2014 was a terrible year. It was one of the cruelest and deadliest in the history of the occupation. After so much killing, devastation, pain and suffering it is natural to want to `get back to normal` We must not get back to normal. That `normal` is morally reprehensible. It is deadly, guaranteeing the very opposite of peace and justice" [ry]5/1/2015
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SEE! Dig damages Hebron propertyAhmad Jaradat - AIC - The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) is conducting a dig in Hebron`s Tel Rumeida neighbourhood, a dig which is destroying the area [ry]5/1/2015
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Spiral,’ ‘threat,’ ‘polarization,’ or ‘full-scale popular campaign for Palestinian freedom’ — reactions to the ICC movePhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Yousef Munayyer, soon to be the head of the US Campaign to End the Occupation, pointed out that the rejection gives momentum to the BDS movement:“Today’s vote is but another meaningless one for Palestinians living under the boot of the Israeli military. Each and every episode like this, where the international community underscores its failure to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian question, is another boon to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which provides an alternative to stagnation at the UN. Perhaps that is the silver lining of this moment.” ca2/1/2015
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Palestinian Man Crushed to Death at Israeli CheckpointIMEMC News & Agencies - "A Palestinian man from the occupied West Bank village of Farun died Wednesday morning, after being crushed to death inside an Israeli checkpoint near Tulkarem, while trying to get to work... 39-year-old Ahmad Samih Bdeir, who was on his way to a construction job inside Israel, choked to death in extreme overcrowding amid large numbers of people trying to cross the al-Tayba checkpoint, also called "Shaar Efrayim"." ca2/1/2015
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We teach life, Sir - VideoYouTube - RT Documentary "Gaza may be a warzone, but everyday life for its inhabitants has to continue. For some of those growing up in the violence, playing music has become an important source of relief. RTD goes to Gaza City to follow music school students as they prepare for an end of year performance. Their experiences of war unite them as much as their love of music. They have survived the destruction, endured the horror of shelling and seen people die at first hand. Some have even come close to death themselves. Powerless in the face of such violence, music gives them hope that one day the conflict will end." ca2/1/2015
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Potemkin Villages at Erez CheckpointTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - They, who had been attacked by IDF soldiers, injured and killed by IDF soldiers, and lost their homes and all they had because of IDF soldier, saw this hospital as a cynical exploitation of their situation. “What are they thinking? They shoot and kill us and we are supposed to kiss the hands that put bandages over the injuries they created and thank them?” a resident of the Strip said to me. “Even if I or one of my kids or relatives were injured during the war, we wouldn’t dare step out of the house, go out of the neighborhood and cross the line towards the soldiers to get to the hospital. Because if I tried getting there they would kill me while I was still on my way”.-rh 1/1/2015
Newsletter - December 2014Military Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 30 November 2014, there were 5,527 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza) held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities including 156 children. In the case of children this represents a decrease of 4 per cent compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 4 per cent compared with 2013. According to the IPS, 48 per cent of Palestinian children and 90 per cent of adults continue to be detained in facilities inside Israel, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh 1/1/2015
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How the children looked being shot by sponge bulletsIdan Landau - Mondoweiss - Last week,police shot Muhammad Jamal Ubeid when he stood outside his home in Issawiyah in “East Jerusalem”. A sponge bullet for demonstration dispersal hit him under his eye. Ubeid is 5 years old. This is how he looks.-rh 1/1/2015
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Sheltering Gaza`s displacedMegan O`Toole - Aljazeera - Althamna`s frustration is echoed by many of Gaza`s displaced, who are running out of patience with overcrowded and underfunded temporary shelters and a lack of progress on reconstruction. Milina Shahin, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency (UNRWA), acknowledged the difficult circumstances - but as for when displaced residents will be able to return home, "it is the question no-one can answer".-rh1/1/2015
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PALESTINIAN RESIDENCY REVOKED AS PUNISHMENT Amnesty International - Urgent Action - The Israeli authorities have revoked the residency of a Palestinian woman, Nadia Abu Jamal, and stripped her three children of their health care rights. They are threatening to do this to all Palestinians involved in “terror” attacks, and their relatives.-rh 1/1/2015
Still reeling from summer assault, Gaza faces new Israeli threatsPatrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "Israeli forces have violated the ceasefire — including regularly firing live ammunition on Palestinians in Gaza — on a nearly daily basis since the truce." - id 31/12/2014
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+972`s Story of the Year: GazaSamer Badawi- +972 - "In Jabaliya, Gaza’s largest refugee camp, I met a young man, Alaa Balata, who had lost all 11 members of his immediate family in a single shelling. In Gaza City, the al-Batch family lost 18 in one F-16 strike. And on and on. Just like that." - id 31/12/2014
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Two Palestinians injured by army fire near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC/Jerusalem Post - On Monday night, two Palestinians have been injured, one seriously, after Israeli soldiers opened fire on their car, driving in Beit Ummar north of Hebron. Beit Ummar resident Ibrahim Sabri was shot in the head and taken to the al- Ahli hospital in Hebron suffering a serious injury. Israeli military sources asserted that the soldiers opened fire after an explosive device was thrown at them out of the car (and did not explode). [ak]30/12/2014
`Stone-thrower` or `Rock-thrower`? Yoav Zitun - Y-net - The IDF communique on yesterday`s killing of the 17-year old Imam Jamil Ahmad Dweikat described him as "a rock- thrower". The term - apparently used for the first time, rather than the usual "stone-thrower" - was repeated in the headlines of most Israeli media reports. The IDF is not known to have issued any official criteria of weight determining the difference between "a stone" and "a rock"; the term seems to have been used to emphasize the alleged danger to Israeli motorists and hence justify the killing. [ak]30/12/2014
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Ambiguous Gaza visit by ministerial delegation from RamallahAFP/Y-Net - Eight ministers and more than 40 other officials of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Consensus Government arrived in Gaza, in another effort to kickstart the long-delayed reconstruction of Gaza. Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh accused the Consensus Government of "failing to keep its commitments, by not carrying out reconstruction, nor unifying institutions under the Palestinian Authority nor organizing elections." [ak]30/12/2014
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Israel uses Gaza as a testing ground for weapons, says Barghouti MEMO - "Mustafa Barghouti has accused Israel of using the Gaza Strip as a testing ground for new weapons. Speaking during a review of 2014 in Ramallah, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative reminded listeners that Israel is now the third largest arms exporter in the world. `There is conclusive evidence that it used the Gaza Strip as a test bed for its deadly weaponry,` he claimed" [ry]29/12/2014
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Soldier shoots and kills Muhammad Jawabreh at home, from afar, although he posed no riskB’Tselem - "The fact that soldiers do not see live fire as a last resort to be used only when lives are at immediate risk shows that the open-fire regulations are leniently worded or are leniently interpreted by commanders. The security forces in general, and specifically high-ranking commanders, are very rarely held accountable for killing Palestinians. Policy makers in the government, army and the MAG Corps are responsible for allowing this disregard for Palestinian lives to continue" [ry]29/12/2014
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Palestinian youth shot dead by Israeli forces south of NablusMa`an News Agency - "Thiab is the 50th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank in 2014" [ry] 29/12/2014
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What I’ve learned from living through three wars in the Gaza StripAlaa Radwan--I am 22 years old now; and three times in my lifetime wars have taken place. The first war was the hardest and the most shocking to me since it was the first. Later I tried to get myself “used” to the worst so that reality will not blow me out. I can blissfully say that I am now desensitized to wars. Yes, it is a bliss indeed because as a Palestinian living in the besieged coastal enclave, you should expect the flames of an Israeli war to engulf you and your beloved ones at any time. dn28/12/2014
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Israeli police shoot 5-year-old in the face while exiting school bus Ma`an - The child`s uncle said that Muhammad and his 14-year-old sister stepped out of a school bus and had started to walk home when the Israeli forces shot him. The uncle said there were no confrontations at all in the area between Israeli forces and Palestinians at the time of the shooting. An Israeli police spokesman did not return a request for comment. Muhammad was evacuated to the nearby Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus where medical authorities said he had a fracture in the bone below his eye. [bz]28/12/2014
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Israel demolishes EU-funded irrigation pools in Jordan ValleyMa`an - Israeli military vehicles arrived in the area of al-Jiftlik accompanied by bulldozers and demolished six irrigation pools used by Palestinian farmers. The pretext for the demolition was based on a "military order," locals said. [bz]27/12/2014
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Hall of Nativity Christmas Tree Decorated with Teargas Grenades, Missile Leftovers and Child PhotosIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, this year, in the Hall of the Nativity, Bethlehem, lit up a Christmas tree decorated with teargas grenades, sound bombs, pictures of injured and murdered children, and the missile leftovers used by Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people...The tree was a loud cry of longing for an occupation-free, peaceful life in the Holy Land of Palestine." ca26/12/2014
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Israeli Soldiers Rob Family of 70,000 Shekels in Nablus RaidIMEMC News & Agencies - "Ahrar Center for Prisoner Studies and Human Rights said that Israeli forces seized about 70,000 shekels after breaking into home of 52-year-old Ahmed Shubeiri, in Qarboun village, near occupied Nablus...The family said that the soldiers took from them 7,000 Jordanian dinar and 25,000 Israeli shekels, amounting to some 70,000 shekels total.Ahrar`s director, Fuad Al-Khuffash, condemned the action, saying that it was actually theft and not the first incident of its kind among Israeli soldiers." ca26/12/2014
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Video: Christmas in Bethlehem Gets More Fascinating Every YearPNN/Bethlehem - "The Palestinian Christmas season this year aimed to deliver the message of Jesus Christ: Love and Justice, under the slogan "All I want For Christmas Is Justice". The theme is a perfect fit for the situation , since Palestinians can barely breathe under the Israeli occupation...Christmas remains a beacon of hope for all Palestinians as a cry for justice and peace, and a wish to be occupation free." ca26/12/2014
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No donkeys allowedInternational Solidarity Movement - Mohammad arrived at the Bab Al-Zawiye side of the checkpoint at 13:40 on Mondayafternoon, his mule laden with empty milk jugs and saddlebags packed with various provisions. Israeli forces refused to let him through, claiming no animals were allowed past the checkpoint – a claim no one, including other international organisations at the scene as well as the Palestinian District Coordination Office for al-Khalil, had ever heard before.-rh24/12/2014
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`No home and no hope`: Palestinians struggling to rebuild their lives amid the Gaza rubbleKIM SENGUPTA - The Independence - The reconstruction plan was set up between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the UN. The conditions stipulated by the Israeli government for allowing supplies in have been labelled draconian, designed to prevent Gaza’s development. The Israelis insist they are vital to ensure that the material is not used for military purposes by Hamas.-rh 24/12/2014
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Israeli rightists tour Aqsa compound for Jewish holiday Ma`an News Agency - Israeli rightists entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah as Palestinians protested near the Moroccan Gate. Mosque guards told Ma`an that at least 68 Israelis entered and toured the compound under armed guard.-rh24/12/2014
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Israeli Court Allows Oil Drilling In Occupied Golan HeightsIMEMC & Agencies - The Israeli Supreme Court ruled, Tuesday, in favor of allowing the Afek Oil Company headed by hardliner and former Minister of National Infrastructure, Effie Eitam, to dig for oil in the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights.-rh 24/12/2014
What I’ve learned from living through three wars in the Gaza StripAlaa Radwan - Mondoweiss - During the summer’s Israeli assault, being exposed to horrible scenes of buildings falling down, of people losing their lives, of memories and dreams fading away, I just wanted to survive. I told myself I no longer need electricity. I do not want to “dream” to travel abroad to pursue my own dreams anymore. I do not want anything. I just wanted to survive. To survive was all what I needed. Luckily enough, I survived.-rh24/12/2014
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Banning Dissent in the Name of CivilityChris Hedges - Nation of Change - I spent seven years in the Middle East as a foreign correspondent, five of them as the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times. I speak Arabic. I was frequently in Gaza and lived for two years in Jerusalem. What frightens the Israel lobby is not my critique, but my expertise. It is impossible to spew out the usual Israeli propaganda, half-truths, distortions and lies—as retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz once tried to do when he and I appeared at a Columbia University event—to someone who has spent years in the Middle East reporting on the conflict. What the Israel lobby fears most are facts.-rh 24/12/2014
Take a (virtual) ecological tour of the occupied West BankSocial TV - +972 - "From the separation barrier’s effects on animal migration and plant-life to insufficient sewage infrastructure to the discriminatory use of nature reserves." - id 24/12/2014
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Israel charges 8 Palestinians over Facebook incitementAFP - Yahoo News - Among the remarks posted online were "It is good to kidnap soldiers", "Zionists flee because you`ll soon be killed by a car" and words expressing hope that a rightwing Jewish activist, who survived an assassination attempt in October, would die a painful death, the indictment said. All eight were arrested earlier this month. [bz] 23/12/2014
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1,000 Israelis raid NablusAIC - 1,000 Israelis raided the northern West Bank area of Nablus Sunday night to pray at Joseph`s Tomb, located on the outskirts of the city [ry]22/12/2014
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Egypt opens Rafah Crossing - but for two days only Dünya Bülteni (World Bulletin) - For the first time since late October, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing for incoming passengers from the Gaza Strip. However, the opening is limited to two days and only Gazas with serious illnesses,students and foreign nationals will be allowed to cross. An Egyptian official, citing "security reasons", said there was no decision yet to allow the permanent and full opening of the crossing.21/12/2014
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Only 2% of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza actually delivered Reuters - Ynet - "The money will be largely finished in January 2015. We have a shortfall (for shelter and homes) of $620 million and we are going to run out right in the hardest part of winter." [bz]20/12/2014
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Settlers cut off electricity, attack homes near NablusMa`an - Burin is a frequent site of settler violence and Palestinian clashes with Israeli forces as it is located beside the notoriously violent Israeli settlements of Yitzhar and Bracha. [bz]19/12/2014
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Abdallah Abu Rahma facing years in prison for standing in front of bulldozers Amnesty International - Palestinian activist Abdallah Abu Rahma faces up to five years in jail as a prisoner of conscience: he will be sentenced by an Israeli military court on 5 January 2015. He was convicted on 21 October of charges relating to a 2012 protest. At the time, Israeli forces detained him for standing in front of bulldozers which were bringing concrete blocks to be used as road blocks and defences. He was released on bail after a few hours and was only summoned in February 2013 on charges of obstructing a soldier in the line of duty. [Including letter campaign details-bz] 19/12/2014
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Abdallah Abu Rahma facing years in prison for standing in front of bulldozers Take part in Amnesty International letter campaign19/12/2014
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Israeli Settler Alleges Palestinians Tried To Kidnap Him - large IDF search campaignIMEMC - The settler phoned the police and alleged that a Palestinian car transporting two Palestinians “stopped near him”, and that the two tried to force him into their car. He said that, after the two failed to abduct him, they drove away, heading towards the southern part of Hebron city. The settler was unharmed; a large number of Israeli soldiers and police officers arrived at the scene of the alleged abduction attempt, and initiated a large search campaign in the area. [This incident did further only get publicity on the Arutz Sheva settler site-bz]19/12/2014
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Take Action: End Solitary Confinement and Isolation, Support Palestinian Hunger StrikersSamidoun - Over 100 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails are now participating in a collective hunger strike, as prisoners from Eshel and Ramon prisons joined the strike demanding an end to the policy of solitary confinement and in solidarity with Nahar al-Saadi, who has been held in solitary confinement since May 2013 and has been on hunger strike since 20 November. The collective strike was launched by 70 prisoners on 9 December. The strikers are demanding al-Saadi’s release from isolation; regular family visits for al-Saadi; and an end to the use of solitary confinement and isolation against Palestinian prisoners.-rh17/12/2014
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Palestinian family’s home invaded, two youths arrested by Israeli soldiers in Azzun villageReport - International Solidarity Movement - "Whilst the Radwan family slept, dozens of Israeli soldiers surrounded their house and broke in. They damaged the door as they entered, sweeping through the house and also breaking the doors of the kitchen cupboards. They ushered the nine family members into one room and forced them all sit on one sofa at gunpoint." - id17/12/2014
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WATCH: Olive harvest marred by arson, vandalism and violenceSocial TV - +972 - "When they are given access during the olive harvest, they often find their trees cut down or burned by settlers." - id17/12/2014
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WATCH: A heartbreaking portrait of life in Hebron, in 9 minutesMoriel Rothman-Zecher - +972 - "Hebron, where the occupation is in many ways manifested in its rawest form, is the only Palestinian city inside which there is an Israeli settlement. It is a junction of direct and daily conflict between Palestinian civilians, Israeli soldiers and Jewish-Israeli settlers." - id17/12/2014
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Bypassing Israel: The necessity of recognition in European capitalsScott Ratner - Mondoweiss - Essentially every state in the international community has made it clear since at least the 1970s that the Palestinian people are entitled to a sovereign state on the 22 percent of Mandatory Palestine that Zionist forces did not conquer in 1948. This recognition does not, nor has ever, come with the stipulation that such a state must be premised or conditioned upon adhering to what Israel defines as its “national security.” -rh 17/12/2014
`Truth commission` uncovers the history of Bedouin dispossessionTom Pessah - +972 - Zochrot, an Israeli NGO, is experimenting with ways to bring awareness about the Palestinian Nakba to the Jewish Israeli public. After two years of preparations, they convened an informal Public Truth Commission at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba last week, in order to examine the displacement of Palestinians in the Negev/Naqab by Israeli forces that took place from 1948 to 1960. Why until 1960? Most people are actually unaware of the fact the majority of local Bedouin tribes were driven off their lands into either Sinai, the West Bank, or an isolated reservation east of Beersheba (the “Sayag”) in the 1950s – long after the war ended.-rh17/12/2014
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Death of Ziad Abu Ein could work to Abbas’ advantageDaoud Kouttab - Al-Monitor - On a strategic level, the death of Abu Ein will certainly help Abbas and Fatah demonstrate that their policy of nonviolent resistance is a serious strategy that needs to be encouraged and expanded. Fatah is holding its seventh congress on Jan. 2 in Ramallah, and there is no doubt that the story of the new martyr and his effort to save Palestinian land with his body will resonate and produce a much more serious plan for Palestinian statehood based in large part on the need to support nonviolent popular resistance.-rh 17/12/2014
Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Qalandya Refugee Camp, North of Occupied JerusalemPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - In excessive use of force, on Tuesday early morning, 16 December 2014, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Qalandya refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. The aforementioned civilian was killed when Israeli forces moved into the said refugee camp to arrest Palestinians. A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers to stop arrests. As a result, a civilian was wounded as he was standing on the roof of his family`s house in Antar quarter in the north of the refugee camp.-rh17/12/2014
Official: Gush Etzion stab suspect was harassed by settlerMa`an - "Is it reasonable that 46 surveillance cameras in Gush Etzion settlement bloc have failed to document what really happened between Amal Taqatqa, 22, from Beit Fajjar and an Israeli settler who claimed that she attempted to stab him?" Khalid Qaddura said. Amal Jamal Taqatqa, 22, was shot and critically wounded by soldiers near Gush Etzion on Dec. 1 after allegedly stabbing an Israeli settler. [bz]16/12/2014
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Palestinian third-grader arrested by Israel PoliceGideon Levy and Alex Levac - Haaretz - 8-year-old Obeida Ayash was arrested on suspicion of stone-throwing in the village of Silwan in East Jerusalem, which was brimming this week with Border Police officers [ry]15/12/2014
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Video: Forced drought hits Jordan Valley farmers as Israel steals their waterJimmy Johnson - EI - “Israel bans Palestinians from digging new wells, repairing old ones, or even setting up cisterns to collect rainwater. As a result, area farmers must buy expensive water that has to be trucked in. Those who — driven by necessity — build rainwater collection systems without virtually impossible to obtain Israeli permits, must often watch as the occupation forces demolish them” [ry]15/12/2014
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Israel pushing to legalize West Bank outpost slated for demolitionAmira Hass - Haaretz "The gradual expansion of the settlements’ residential and agricultural areas has been accompanied by regular, well-documented efforts by settlers to block the access of Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the area to increasing portions of their land. The numerous closure orders issued by the IDF for the area also limit Palestinian access to their land. The IDF says the closures are designed to prevent friction and conflict between the populations." ca12/12/2014
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PA: Israel responsible for killing ministerMa`an News Agency - "Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli pathologists participated in the autopsy at Al-Quds university. The Israeli pathologist did not sign the autopsy report, although he reportedly approved of the results, al-Sheikh said."After hearing the results of the post-mortem, the Palestinian government holds Israel fully responsible for the killing of Ziad Abu Ein," PA spokesman Ihab Bseiso told reporters."12/12/2014
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Two Palestinians Kidnapped Near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "...the soldiers broke into, violently searched and ransacked several homes in areas close to the military tower, installed near the main entrance of the town.In related news, a number of extremist Israeli settlers closed a Palestinian agricultural road leading to farmlands belonging to residents of the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem." ca12/12/2014
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Thousands Attend Funeral Of Murdered Minister Abu EinSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Palestinian Authority held an official burial ceremony for the murdered minister, while Arab members of Knesset Ahmad Tibi and Mohammad Barakeh also attended the funeral.The prayers were held in front of the Presidential headquarters in Ramallah, before thousands marched, carrying the body of Abu Ein to the Shuhada Graveyard in the al-Biereh nearby town." ca12/12/2014
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New mooovie remembers cows that `threatened` IsraelDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Audiences across the globe might not initially believe that this agricultural act is innocent, but to the Israeli army, which was terrified of Palestinians becoming self-sufficient, this was nothing short of a declaration of war. Israeli military officers interviewed for the film admit that they were concerned that this action would spread, empowering Palestinians. Until the very last scene of the film, Israeli military officials were curious as to what happened to the cows.-rh 11/12/2014
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Time for international community to hold Israel accountable — here`s howHiba Husseini and Omar M. Dajani - +972 - What is needed is a coherent and sustained effort by the international community to enable Palestinians to secure their fundamental rights as individuals and as a people. International recognition of Palestine – and, by extension, of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination in their homeland – is an important part of that effort. But it must be complemented by unequivocal non-recognition of the legitimacy of Israel’s continuing presence in the Palestinian territory, as well as further steps to define the framework for an eventual negotiated settlement.-rh11/12/2014
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PHOTOS: In West Bank village, Palestinian farmers go against the grainAhmad al-Bazz, Activestills - +972 - Farmers who own lands located near Israeli settlements, military camps or settler bypass roads are barred from accessing their land throughout most of the year. In these areas, Israeli authorities allow farmers to reach their lands only two times a year: once in April, during which they till the soil around olive trees, and again in October for the olive harvest. Because this process is limited to such a short time, it is usually not long enough to finish the work.-rh11/12/2014
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PA official dies after being assaulted by Israeli soldierMa`an News Agency - Ziad Abu Ein, 55, died after an Israeli soldier beat him on the chest with his helmet in the village of Turmsayya in the Ramallah district, the director of the committee`s information center, Jamil al-Barghouthi, told Ma`an.-rh11/12/2014
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Palestinian prisoners’ resistance escalates as occupation increases use of solitary confinementSamidoun - Nahar al-Saadi, 33, has been on hunger strike for 16 consecutive days in protest of denial of family visits and solitary confinement; al-Saadi has been held in solitary confinement since May of 2013, despite an earlier agreement with Palestinian prisoners to abolish solitary confinement in order to end the mass hunger strike of April 2012.-rh 11/12/2014
Amnesty International accuses Israel of war crimes in GazaYnetnews = Ynet - ""All the evidence we have shows this large-scale destruction was carried out deliberately and with no military justification," said Philip Luther, director of Amnesty International`s Middle East and North Africa program." - id10/12/2014
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A Country That Never Wanted Me : Israel`s new nationality law only confirms what Arabs already knew: We aren`t welcome.SAYED KASHUA - Foreign Policy - To “enshrine in law” is the phrase the government of Israel uses when it discusses the Jewish nationality act. This phrase implies that the situation already exists de facto. So why not “enshrine” it in law? Discrimination already exists in every sphere of life, so why not make inequality between Jews and non-Jews legal as well?-rh 10/12/2014
Palestinian stabbed by a settler and injured east of HebronIMEMC - An Israeli settler attacked the 18-year old Moath Noah ar- Rajabi near Bani Neim town, east of Hebron, stabbing him in the shoulder and thigh. The young Palestinian, moderately wounded, was moved to the Hebron Governmental Hospital. Israeli soldiers who arrived at the scene did not attempt to locate the assailant. ak9/12/2014
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Hebron: Settlers Vandalize Property, Israeli Police Let Them Go FreeSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - “There is a nearby military roadblock, regularly manned by the soldiers, and about 200 meters away is a police station. A settler from Kiryat Arba settlement, who also works as a security officer in the settlement, a police car and an army vehicle are visible in the video.” In its report, B`Tselem added that neither the police, the soldiers nor the security officer, bothered to stop the assailing settlers, or even ask for their ID cards. “Two settlers responsible for destroying property were never detained or questioned, they were just allowed to drive away without any delay,” B’Tselem said, “Later on, the Palestinians filed a complaint with the Israeli Police in Hebron.” A recent report by another Israeli human rights organization found that over 95% of complaints filed by Palestinians against Israeli settlers go uninvestigated. In addition, Palestinians who file complaints against settlers often face reprisals and further assaults. [bz] 9/12/2014
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Erekat condemns Israeli threat to deport Jerusalemite MPsMa`an - Erekat`s statement came as the Israeli Supreme Court was preparing to issue a ruling on whether to deport four members of the Palestinian Legislative Council on Tuesday, but the hearing was postponed to a later date. In a joint statement, Palestinian lawyers Hassan Jabarin, Usama al-Saadi, and Fadi al-Qawasmi condemned the Israeli decision to postpone the hearing. The lawyers said that case did not depend on Israeli laws, but that it contradicted international law. They feared that if the court chose to deport the MPs Abu Teir, Ahmad Attun, Muhammad Tutah, and Khalid Abu Arafeh, the case might be used to deport any Jerusalemite without consideration of legal grounds. [bz]9/12/2014
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A new wave of East Jerusalem house demolition orders Ma`an - Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders for residential homes and commercial stores in various East Jerusalem neighborhoods including Silwan, al-Tur, al-Isawiya, and Jabal al- Mukabbir. The Eweisat, Abu al-Jamal, and Elayyan families were issued demolition orders for their homes in Jabal al-Mukabbir. The Elayyan family home was built 10 years ago while the other two properties were built in the 1970s. A total of 25 people live in the three homes. Nader al-Rashq of Isawiya managed to gain a court order preventing for the time being the demolition of his family`s home. Since the beginning of 2014 Israeli bulldozers have demolished at least 359 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. ak9/12/2014
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Army Kidnaps 16 Palestinians In The West BankIMEMC & Agencies - "Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Monday at dawn, at least sixteen Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including a woman who was kidnapped in the yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem" [ry]8/12/2014
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Wireless in Gaza: the young entrepreneurs beating the blockadesPatrick Kingsley - The Guardian - With few goods, or people, allowed to cross the border, the pool of customers and employees in Gaza is small. Web-based startups are giving those with bright ideas a chance to expand their horizons and their businesses [ry]8/12/2014
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Gaza engineer develops new technology to replace cementMohammed Othman - Al Monitor "Engineer Imad al-Khalidi has developed a replacement for cement to help the Gaza Strip deal with its housing crisis, after the Israeli war left many homes damaged or destroyed and in the face of Israel continuing to prevent the entry of construction materials." ca 5/12/2014
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Israeli poverty statistics paint a misleading pictureDror Etkes - Haaretz "It’s clear that if child poverty statistics in Israel also included those millions of Palestinians – who are paid their wages in Israeli shekels and buy their food in shekels – then based on the situation of the total population living in territory controlled by Israel, the country wouldn’t even make it to the bottom rung of the ladder of developed countries. Almost certainly, it would rank somewhere in the middle of the underdeveloped countries." ca 5/12/2014
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Top 10 reasons Israel should be going to early electionsAmi Kaufman - +972 - From bombs dropped on innocent children in Gaza to the increasing gap between rich and poor, there are many good reasons why the current government needs to go.-rh 4/12/2014
Pssst! Is Israel going crazy?Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - There was that argument in the Knesset in which a Palestinian parliamentarian was dragged out after calling Moshe Feiglin a “fascist.” There’s that Avigdor Lieberman “peace plan” that has just one idea: pay Palestinians to leave Israel. And that from the country’s Foreign Minister! There’s the prime minister’s bill to bar the Palestinian flag as an “enemy” flag at demonstrations and deport Palestinian Israelis accused of crimes to Gaza.-rh4/12/2014
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NEWSLETTER 02 Dec. 2014B`Tselem - Newsletter - Recent months have seen many violent clashes in East Jerusalem. They began in July, after 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir of East Jerusalem was killed, and persisted as tension over the Temple Mount increased and settlers continued to take over houses in Palestinian neighborhoods.-rh4/12/2014
Note to Adelson : An occupying regime is neither democratic, nor Jewish, a co-founder of Breaking the Silence writes.Yehuda Shaul - The Jewish week - While democracy is not an imperative feature of Israel for Adelson, Judaism is. To understand his vision of the Jewish state’s character, there is no need to activate one’s imagination or search in far away places. It is enough to visit Hebron. The importance of the city in Jewish history is undeniable.-rh4/12/2014
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Newsletter - November 2014Military Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 October 2014, there were 5,447 Palestinians held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities including 163 children. In the case of children this represents decrease of 10 per cent compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 2 per cent compared with 2013. According to the IPS, 47 per cent of Palestinian children and 90 per cent of adults continue to be detained in facilities inside Israel, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh4/12/2014
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Arab-Israeli school in Jerusalem `set on fire` and walls sprayed with racist graffitiLamiat Sabin - The Independent - The school CEO Shuli Dichter said, as reported by the Jewish Press: "This is not the first time that our shared civic endeavor has been targeted. Even when they stain our school walls, they will not succeed in destroying our work.-rh4/12/2014
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Man run over in West Bank hours after knife attackNoam (Dabul) Dvir = Ynet - "...seriously hurt after being run over in West Bank, 4 hours after terrorist attempted to stab Josh Lorech in same area." - id2/12/2014
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Israeli Forces Kill 9 Palestinians, Kidnap 650, in NovemberIMEMC News - "According to Al Ray, the report noted that 42 out of 650 people taken from the occupied West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, were minors, in addition to 17 women." - id 2/12/2014
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Photos of the month: Jerusalem ignites while Gaza still smoldersActivestills - +972 - "As violence increased in Jerusalem, residents of war-torn Gaza continued struggling to survive and cope with slow reconstruction and approaching winter weather." - id2/12/2014
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Israel plans to reintroduce ban on Palestinian flag Patrick Strickland - EI - "A new Israeli bill aims to criminalize the Palestinian flag. The eight-point plan — labeled by its supporters as an “anti-terror” bill — was introduced by stridently anti-Palestinian politician Yariv Levin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and a lawmaker in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset" [ry]1/12/2014
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