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The final straw: The real reason why Palestine wants Israel out of FIFARaio Costa - Mondoweiss "Only days before the tournament, the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) contacted the Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSW), the governing body of beach soccer which falls under FIFA’s umbrella, and released a press release which read: “The Palestinian Football Association officially communicated to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Beach Soccer Worldwide that the team will not be able to take part in the competition, due to administrative issues outside the event."The Israeli war on Palestinian football is ethereal. Whether it’s a raid on the PFA headquarters in Ramallah or a bomb raid on Gaza, football is always targeted. It’s not only in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip." ca 22/5/2015
When the police start acting like a gangYossi Gurvitz - +972 "A journalist learns that if you photograph Border Policemen committing a felony, you’ll probably end up paying for it...Given that in PID closed 93 percent of the complaints submitted in 2011-2014 without any investigation; that of the 11,282 complaints in the years 2011-2013, only 2.7 percent resulted in indictments; and that the former chief of the division is on record (Hebrew) saying that the Israel Police suffers from a “culture of lies” and that policemen cover for each other, one cannot hope too much that a journalist who exposed the face of the police will see justice." ca22/5/2015
Israel releases former minister after 10 months of detentionMa`an News Agency - " Israeli authorities released Thursday the former Palestinian minister of prisoners affairs Wasfi Qabha after 10 months in detention, the Ahrar Center for Prisoners and Human Rights said.Israel had detained Qabha on June 15, 2014 following the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli settlers in Hebron and transferred him to administrative detention.Qabha was assaulted during detention and while he was being transferred to the Megiddo jail and then to the Hadarim solitary confinement before being sentenced to 10 months in prison." ca 22/5/2015
Hundreds of unarmed demonstrators confront live fire at Kafr Qaddum on Nakba DayInternational Solidarity Movement - Reports - Today (15th of May), during the Nakba day demonstration in Kafr Qaddum, four young men were shot with live ammunition in their legs. One of the men got a serious bone fracture. Apart from the live ammunition being shot from all directions, Israeli forces fired several rounds of rubber coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades. Throughout the protest, the Israeli military forces used a skunk truck to force the demonstrators back from reaching the closed road; closed since 2002 due to the building of the settlement Kedumim. ISMers in the demonstration saw houses and gardens being sprayed, and a boy as young as four crying, covered in the noxious chemical skunk ‘water’-rh21/5/2015
Army Kidnaps Eleven Palestinians In The West BankIMEMC & Agencies - Soldiers invaded and searched several homes, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped two Palestinians identified as Monjed Thiab al-Juneidi, 26, and Rashad Erfa’eyya. They also broke into the home of Abdul-Hafith al-Hashlamoun, and handed his son, Eyad, a military order for interrogation. Eyad is a local journalist.-rh 21/5/2015
Israeli prime minister calls off West Bank bus segregation AP - Cairopost - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday called off a proposed plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses, overruling his own defense minister following a flurry of criticism in an attempt to avert the first crisis of his new government.-rh 21/5/2015
Anti-Israel Group Makes Waves With In-Your-Face TacticsNathan Guttman - Forward - Students for Justice in Palestine activists have set up roadblocks on campuses, which they claim resemble those Israel has put up across the occupied territories. They have built so-called “apartheid walls” on campus grounds, symbolizing the barrier Israel has erected — citing security needs — to keep Palestinians within those same territories. Another tactic involves the mock eviction of students from their dorm rooms with leaflets that mirror some of the language Israel’s military authorities use when notifying West Bank Palestinians of demolition orders against their homes.-rh 21/5/2015
Israel’s New Justice Minister Expressed Hatred Against All PalestiniansEric Zuesse - RINF Alternative News - It’s also the mothers of the martyrs, that send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They need to follow them [to die], there’s nothing in it. They need to go [be destroyed], and the physical House [in] which they raised the snake. Other small snakes grow more [if the whole family isn’t destroyed]. … The two houses [both generations] need to [be] bomb[ed] from the air, to destroy and to kill. It’s also the mothers of the martyrs, that send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They need to follow them [to die], there’s nothing in it.-rh20/5/2015
Film festival opens amid Gaza`s ruinsAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - Muzayen told Al-Monitor, “We wanted to hold the film festival in the Shajaiyah neighborhood to draw the world`s attention to neighborhoods devastated by the war and which have yet to be reconstructed. We wanted this event to be very special and to tackle human rights issues to the fullest extent. This is why we organized the festival in Shajaiyah.”-rh 20/5/2015
Palestinian woman detained while visiting jailed brotherMa`an - Maysaa Walid Mahajneh, 22, was visiting her brother Farid Mahajneh when she was detained by Israeli forces. Mahajneh is from al-Taybeh village in Jenin and is the mother of three girls. An Israeli prisons spokeswoman confirmed the arrest. She said that a Palestinian woman had been detained after a mobile phone was found in her bag [bz]19/5/2015
Child detainees testify to torture and abuseIMEMC - Lawyer Heba Masalha of the Palestinian Detainees` Committee Committee managed to visit several detained children in the HaSharon Prison and got testimonies of ongoing violations, torture and abuse by Israeli interrogators. For example, Jamal az-Za’tari, 15 years of age, from at-Tour in Jerusalem, was repeatedly beaten and kicked starting directly after the soldiers stormed his family’s home. ak19/5/2015
Khader Adnan enters 15th day of hunger strikeMa`an - Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan has entered the 15th day of a hunger strike demanding an end to his administrative detentionõ Sheikh Adnan, 37, is currently being held in solitary confinement in Hadarim Israeli jail and is refusing to take vitamins, medical tests or sugar or salt. In his most recent letter,Adnan wrotethat he was undertaking the open-ended hunger strike to defend all Palestinians. ak19/5/2015
Judge, settler and demolisherDror Etkes - +972 - The High Court justice who gave the army a green light to expel an entire Palestinian village just happens to live in a nearby settlement, one that thrives on their dispossession. [bz]19/5/2015
The House Belongs to Someone Else: The Lie Lives on! Mats Svensson - The Palestine Chronicle - “In Israel, nobody is free. You vote for the one who upholds the apartheid system. You cast your vote to uphold the system of oppression. You vote and turn away. The West Bank is not here but over there, high up in the mountains. You will never go there. Gaza is someplace else. You assure yourself that you cannot know what it’s like there. You have never been there, and will never go there. You repeat to yourself, you have no responsibility” [ry]18/5/2015
Soldiers Open Fire On Farmers And Fishers In GazaIMEMC - Several soldiers, and armored military vehicles, advanced close to the border fence, and fired rounds of live ammunition on the farmers, and on a number of Palestinian shepherds. The attack did not lead to casualties, but the residents had to leave the area fearing addition Israeli fire, and escalation. In addition, Israeli navy ships fired dozens of live rounds targeting a number of Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza waters, close to the Khan Younis shore, in the southern part of the coastal region. The attack caused property damage but no injuries; the fishers sailed back to shore to avoid further navy fire. [bz]16/5/2015
Israel detains 52 Palestinian workers overnightMa`an - The police found and arrested 26 Palestinian workers without working permits hiding inside of the vehicle after a spare tire fell from the vehicle, forcing the driver to pull over. [bz]16/5/2015
Even in Gaza, you can`t have a film festival without a red carpetAvi Blecherman - +972 - "While Israeli entertainment reporters have been busy covering the DocAviv documentary film festival in Tel Aviv in recent days, but nearby, another rather exceptional film festival came to a close Thursday evening in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City — a festival dedicated entirely to films about human rights." - id 15/5/2015
Life in a refugee camp Huwarra Team - International Solidarity Movement - "Located in Area C, under full Israeli control, it does not have the status of a refugee camp. This means that if the occupation was to end and refugees were able to return to their hometowns, those living in New Askar would not be given this right." - id15/5/2015
Bedouin village razed 83 times must pay $500,000 for demolitions, Israel saysAllison Deger - Mondoweiss - The unrecognized Bedouin village of al-Araqib was in court Wednesday, where the state of Israel argued the southern desert town must pay $500,000 [2 million Israeli Shekels] to cover the cost of demolitions, and more than 1,000 police deployed to carry out the destruction. Since 2010 al-Araqib has been razed to the ground 83 times, more than any other locality in Israel.-rh 13/5/2015
Families in Khuza’a forced to live in shipping containers as politics prevent Gaza reconstruction Dan Cohen - Mondoweiss - With their lives hanging by threads, the families living in the caravan are among the most vulnerable Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. Every day is a crisis, and each season brings new difficulties which the residents are ill-equipped to confront.-rh13/5/2015
Israeli court to rule on minister`s deportation caseDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Abu Arafeh said that if the Israeli Supreme Court fails to redeem the Jerusalemites` right to their birthplace, other protest steps will be taken. “We will not stop our efforts and struggle to accomplish our natural right of living in our city of birth, which we have lived in all our lives,” he said. Abu Arafeh sounded critical of the lack of interest by the Palestinian leadership in their case, saying, “We have met the president twice and he, along with his advisers, have promised to support us, but they have not paid any attention to our case.”-rh 13/5/2015
WATCH: Racism-filled march curbs Palestinian movement in JerusalemMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - High Court dismisses petition to re-route the ‘Jerusalem Day’ march away from the Muslim Quarter, but tells police it expects them to act against the type of racist incitement for which the ‘March of the Flags’ is notorious.-rh13/5/2015
Palestinians Begin Commemoration of 67th Nakba AnniversaryIMEMC News & Agencies - Marked by Palestinians throughout the world every May 15th, the Nakba represents a historic injustice, where approximately 800,000 Palestinians or 67% of the Palestinian people by 1948, became refugees and approximately 418 Palestinian villages were depopulated and/or destroyed, said PLO Negotiations Affairs Department.-rh13/5/2015
East Jerusalem 2015 – Facts and FiguresAssociation for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) - Palestinians constitute 37% of the population of Jerusalem. 75% of them live under the poverty line. 33% of Palestinian students in Jerusalem do not finish Year 12. Only 64% of households are properly connected to the city’s water network. Only 7% of the postal workers operating in Jerusalem provide services to the Palestinian neighborhoods. 39% of houses are built without permits. There is no urban development, and the city will not even fix broken roads in neighborhoods beyond the separation barrier. During the summer of 2014, there were fierce confrontations with the police, following which at least 5 children lost their sight in one eye due to the use of sponge-tipped bullets. The youngest of these children was 6 years old.-rh13/5/2015
A tragically unexceptional story of life and death under occupationSam Bahour - +972 "Three decades ago the Israeli military government canceled my sister-in-law’s Palestinian residency because she studied abroad for ‘too long.’ Now, Israel is denying her one last visit with her dying father. But my family will not allow her case, like thousands before it, to be buried in silence." ca13/5/2015
Remember Gaza?Matt Duss - FMEP/Tablet - In the wake of Protective Edge, there was widespread recognition that the status quo could not continue. Then, as after previous rounds, it did. (...) “There have been some baby steps in the right direction: for example, limited ability to sell goods from Gaza in Israel and the West Bank and more travel permits issued to senior traders,” said Tania Hary, deputy director of Gisha, an Israeli NGO that monitors Gaza. “These small adjustments to policy aren’t being felt by most people in Gaza, where unemployment and poverty remain high. Real change requires a shift in the concept that access restrictions are bargaining chips." [bz] 12/5/2015
Lawyer Shireen al-‘Eesawy Moved Into Solitary ConfinementIMEMC - Shireen was repeatedly assaulted by her jailors, and by many imprisoned Israeli women. They confiscated all electric equipment and belongings of al-‘Eesawy, and placed her in a tiny, dark and humid cell. [bz] 12/5/2015
Prison Sentences Reinstated to 5 Ex-DetaineesIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Israeli military court of Ofer, on Sunday, sentenced five Palestinian ex-detainees – who were released in the Gilad Shalit prisoners swap in 2011 and were rearrested in 2014 – to serve the remainder of their original sentences, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society" [ry]11/5/2015
Civil Administration maps Susiya – residents fear imminent demolitionB’Tselem - "At any moment, the Civil Administration might demolish all homes in the Khirbet Susiya, expelling the residents from their land. This follows a decision by Israel’s High Court of Justice to not issue an interim order to prevent the demolition, given in a petition filed by the residents and Rabbis for Human Rights arguing that the CA rejected their master plan for unprofessional reasons, using a double standard and discriminating against Palestinians" [ry]11/5/2015
Hundreds of Palestinians displaced in Jordan Valley by IDF `training exercises`Natasha Roth - +972 - Palestinians are prevented from accessing 95 percent of the Jordan Valley, which Israel plans to annex. And the remaining five percent is a living hell [ry]11/5/2015
183 Gazans pray in Aqsa mosqueMa`an News Agency - "Dozens of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip headed to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday via the Erez crossing, Palestinian officials said. Liaison officials said 183 Palestinians aged over 60 left Gaza early in the day and will return after Friday prayers.Weekly access to the Al-Aqsa mosque by Gazans has become routine since October 2014 when some 500 Palestinians in Gaza prayed at the mosque for the first time since 2007, having been prevented by Israel from traveling to Jerusalem since that time." ca8/5/2015
Israeli court refuses to extend prisoner`s solitary confinementMa`an News Agency - "A court in the Israeli city of Nazareth rejected a request from the state prosecutor`s office to extend the solitary confinement of Palestinian prisoner Murad Nimr for another six months on Thursday. The refusal comes after Nimr has already more than 19 months in confinement." ca8/5/2015
Israel Establishes New Landmine Field Near HebronIMEMC & Agencies - IMEMC "Jabour said the new landmine field was planted in the Um Lasfa and Khallet al-Mayya areas, close to the Abu Shaban Well that was recently repaired, and rehabilitated, by an international organization that also funded a new water tank structure for the use of the Palestinian villagers." ca8/5/2015
Gaza rules: Kill 2 Palestinian women on cellphones in an orchard so Israeli soldiers face zero riskPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Underlying the testimonies, though, are two new doctrines of war that the Israeli military has adopted at the highest level in order to combat violent Palestinian resistance: 1, zero risk to Israeli troops, 2, destruction of entire neighborhoods as a form of deterrence and collective punishment.-rh7/5/2015
The Day After : Neve Gordon on the IDF’s new tacticsNeve Gordon - London Review of Books - One thing is immediately clear from the interviews: the IDF’s working assumption was that once the leaflets were dropped, anyone who refused to move was a legitimate target.-rh 6/5/2015
Jordan Valley Villagers Call for International HelpAlternative Information Center - IMEMC - "In its appeal, JVS notes that the Israeli military actions are “tantamount to ethnic cleansing in that it directly puts pressure on Palestinian families to leave the area and not return.”" - id 6/5/2015
Israeli state pushes Court to take an unusual step threatening immediate demolition of an entire Palestinian villageRabbis for Human Rights - Press Release - By refusing to issue an interim order until the case is heard, the court is allowing for the demolition of the Palestinian village of Susya and subsequent expulsion of its 340 residents to Area A.-rh 6/5/2015
Restricted by Israeli boats, Gaza resorts to fish farmsRasha Abou Jalal - Al Monitor - "Gaza’s entire western border is on the Mediterranean Sea, but it lacks fish such as bream and mullet because of Israeli restrictions on fishermen." - id 6/5/2015
We Made A Mistake. It Happens.Nir Hasson - Ir-Amim - Knowing that there was tension, I did not run; I stood so the police would understand that I was not involved. But three border policemen grabbed me and said that I had thrown stones. I tried to tell them that I am a journalist and they began to beat me. One grabbed me by the neck and choked me, and then they took me to the police station.-rh6/5/2015
Switch to digital television faces bumpy road in PalestineDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Abed, who is also responsible for TV licensing at the Ministry of Information, is worried that Israel will not allow this transition to go smoothly. “While we are technically prepared to make the move to digital broadcasting, we can’t predict what the occupation authorities will do.”-rh6/5/2015
Newsletter 04 May. 2015B`Tselem - Newsletter - Shortly before International Workers’ Day we spoke with four Palestinian workers. Although their homes are only a few dozen kilometers from where they work in Israel, the difficulties involved in reaching their place of work mean they remain there all week, away from their families and home environment6/5/2015
Israeli Forces Set up Mobile Homes on Seized Land in Bethlehem areaWAFA - Head of Kisan Village Council Hussein Ghazzal told WAFA that forces set up early morning 12 mobile homes on large previously bulldozed tracts of land belonging to the Palestinian villagers of Kisan and Hebron town of Sa‘ir. The land occupied about 650 dunums; which had been leveled by Israel for the purpose of settlement construction and setting up stone-cutting factories. [bz] 5/5/2015
Israeli Army Drills Continue to Set Fire to Jordan Valley Agricultural LandsIMEMC - According to Aref Daraghmeh, head of Wadi al-Maleh village council, fire engulfed large tracts of pastures used for grazing animals. He said the army denied locals from accessing their land to put out the fire. [bz]5/5/2015
Redefining civilians and legitimate targets: Israeli soldiers testify on Gaza warMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 Magazine - Reading through the 136 pages of testimonies from soldiers and officers from nearly every involved division and brigade, two common denominators quickly become apparent. First is the massive, intentional and unnecessary destruction of homes and buildings throughout the Strip, but particularly in places that ground troops set foot. The second theme, central to nearly every testimony collected from nearly every unit involved in the fighting, was the massive volume and scope of fire employed. ak5/5/2015
International Workers’ Day: The most invisible workers in IsraelB’Tselem - "[...] think of the workers who are the most invisible of all: the Palestinians. Give a thought to the tens of thousands who have a work permit, yet must stand for endless, humiliating hours on line at a crowded checkpoint, people for whom every moment of their daily routine is part of a struggle for survival, for whom getting safely home is not a given. Under such conditions, a struggle for fair pay, reasonable working hours and a pension is no more than a distant pipedream" [ry]4/5/2015
ICAHD’S 2015 REBUILDING CAMPICAHD--ICAHD’s 13th annual rebuilding camp is coming up in a couple months, July 19-August 3. We hope you will join us in rebuilding our 188th home – our 188th joint Palestinian-Israeli-international action of political resistance to the Occupation. When you arrive at the camp in the West Bank, you will see the ruins of the family’s home; in fact, this year we will be building a home housing ten children of two related families, which the Israeli authorities forced the owner to demolish with his own hands. dn3/5/2015
Israel Detains Palestinian Boys, 7 and 12, for Throwing StonesDiaa Hadid--RAMALLAH, West Bank — A 7-year-old Palestinian boy and his 12-year-old cousin, accused of throwing stones at an Israeli bus, were detained by Israeli security officials in East Jerusalem on Tuesday evening and interrogated for hours, relatives said Thursday.dn3/5/2015
Israeli Forces to Forcibly Displace 50 Families in Jordan Valley for Military Drills WAFA--JORDAN VALLEY, April 30, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday notified about 50 Palestinian families of its intention to forcibly displace them in order to make room for Israeli military drills across the Jordan Valley, said a municipal source.dn2/5/2015
Fear was poured on usAya and Tamar--I went to visit Abu Mohammad whose two sons, Khaleel and Murad, were kidnapped one after the other, in the span of a few nights. At Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate I boarded a service van going to Ramallah and stopping at the Qalandiya refugee camp. First the van crosses Qalandiya Checkpoint which is where I met his brother years ago, and through whom I made his acquaintance. This checkpoint – a place and a symbol, both a concrete and symbolic line, a line of destiny that separates me, a non-Palestinian, from all my friends and acquaintances at Qalandiya refugee camp who, unlike me, are not able to cross it. This is a line that separates them from their own history, from their better hospitals, from their city Jerusalem – the violent, racist, arbitrary line that defines all the more the injustice that has been inherent to this country, ever since and to this day. dn 2/5/2015
Palestinian Fishing Boats Targeted By Israeli Navy FireIMEMC - "The navy conducts ongoing assaults and violations against the fishers, preventing them from providing daily livelihoods to their families. The attacks led to many deaths, dozens of injuries and arrests." - id for ca 1/5/2015
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 – 28 April 2015)Palestinian Centre for Human Rights - ·Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 38 others in the West Bank and Jerusalem.-rh 29/4/2015
Trial Of Detained Legislator Postponed Until Further NoticeSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The army kidnapped the 52-year-old legislator, senior political leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and a democratically elected legislator, on April 2, 2015...On April 15, the military prosecutor filed an indictment of twelve charges against the feminist leader, including “membership with an illegal organization,” and “holding and participating in protests in solidarity with political prisoners.” ca for id 29/4/2015
A tale of two Susiyas, Alison Deger - Mondoweiss "a few short decades ago Susiya’s residents had sturdy stone structures built over ancient caves on a hilltop one kilometer from where their town stands today. The former location, “old Susiya,” is close enough that al-Nawaja can see bulldozed remains from her kitchen window. It was destroyed in 1986 when Israel dismantled the town’s mosque to uncover an ancient Jewish synagogue dating back to the sixth century. The day after I visited al-Nawaja, a Bar Mitzvah was held at the site. Old Susiya is now administered by an Israeli settlement and has been converted into a tourist attraction named “Susya: Ancient Jewish town,” as the brochure states. (The i was dropped)." ca for id 29/4/2015
Report Concerning Blacklisted, more readibleMachsomwatch - "his MachsomWatch team has been working with blacklisted Palestinian workers and merchants for almost 10 years now, in order to appeal against their blacklisting. From this activity emerges a harsh picture of the oppressive system orchestrated by the Shabak (General Security Services), the Civil Administration and the military commander of the West Bank, with the backing of the Government and the Knesset: a summary of the activities of the group for 2014." ca for id29/4/2015
After 15 years some Palestinian doctors now drive into IsraelDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The ministry source told Al-Monitor that the idea of allowing doctors to drive to Israeli hospitals came from Israeli security officials, who decided that this type is travel is necessary in dealing with emergency cases. While Israeli decisions are always explained in security jargon, the real reason for increasing or decreasing restrictions is political. For example, no reason was given as to why Palestinian doctors working for Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem were not granted the same permission.-rh 29/4/2015
UNESCO resolutions raise Palestinian hopesDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - “The resolution requires that Israel, as an occupation force, commit to international decisions and UNESCO resolutions related to the heritage of the Old City in Jerusalem and its walls, which has been on UNESCO`s World Heritage List since 1981 and on the World Heritage in Danger list since 1982.”-rh 29/4/2015
Fear was poured on usAya Kaniuk - mahsanmilim - F. Was asleep in her bed when it happened. She told me how she awoke from the noise seconds before she was horrified to feel a large unmuzzled dog over her. It ripped her shirt sleeve, bit and scratched her in the neck and arm and she screamed. A young occupation soldier entered immediately, pointing his rifle at her. She hurried to cover her head with a scarf and shut her eyes. The soldier called the dog who responded and they both left the room.-rh 29/4/2015
Israeli military drill sparks fire on Palestinian farmlandMa`an - A fire sparked by an Israeli military drill swept across thousands of dunams of Palestinian farmland in the northern Jordan valley on Monday, the Palestinian civil defense said. Some 3,000 to 4,000 dunams of farmland in the Humsa area of eastern Tubas district were affected by the fire after Israeli forces opened fire during a military exercise. The district of Tubas is one of the West Bank`s most important agricultural centers, and the civil defense said the land had been planted with wheat and barley.[bz] 28/4/2015
Settlers farming land Israeli army has closed off to its Palestinian ownersChaim Levinson - Haaretz - The state will have to decide whether the land belongs to the people registered as its owners in the Land Registry, or to those who received it from WZO. In the meantime, the state is trying to reach compensation agreements with the Palestinian owners. Last week, Supreme Court President Miriam Naor and justices Daphne Barak-Erez and Menachem Mazuz, who heard the petition, criticized the state. “Someone decided to ignore [state] decisions and took rights in private land,” said Mazuz, while Naor noted, “I don’t understand how this can happen.” [bz]28/4/2015
UN inquiry finds wrongdoings on both sides in Gaza summer warAP/Reuters/Y-Net - "I deplore the fact that at least 44 Palestinians were killed as a result of Israeli actions and at least 227 injured at United Nations premises being used as emergency shelters," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a cover letter accompanying the summary of the inquiry`s findings. The 207-page report on Gaza conflict condemns Israeli fire on 7 UN schools housing refugees, and Hamas for hiding rockets in empty schools. ak28/4/2015
Israeli forces seal Hizma over alleged stone-throwingMa`an News - Israeli forces blocked all entrances into Hizma town on Wednesday as a punitive measure for alleged incidents of stone-throwing, a human rights group and Israeli media reported.Israeli forces are reported to have placed a large sign at the entrance of the eastern Jerusalem-district town requesting that residents divulge information about those "disturbing the peace."-rh 22/4/2015
Israel can now legally seize Palestinian homes in Jerusalem under `absentees` property law Lizzie Dearden - The Independent - The Palestinian side of the holy city had previously been exempt from the Absentees` Property Law, brought in after the 1948 war to allow arriving Israelis to move into abandoned homes. But now Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that it can be applied to East Jerusalem, effectively allowing the state to take control of property whose owners live in the West Bank or Gaza.-rh 22/4/2015
Israel Imposed over $30,000 Fines on Minor Prisoners since Start of 2015 WAFA - “Around 500 - 700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12, are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military detention system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones. No Israeli children come into contact with the military court system,” said Defense for Children International (DCI).-rh 22/4/2015
Palestinian youth murdered by Jewish vigilantes recorded as terror victim on Israeli memorial Robert Trait - The Telegraph - Hussein Abu Khdeir, the dead teenager’s father, also said he would ask for his son’s name to be erased from the plaque. “We don’t need the recognition ... we’re not Israeli citizens,” he told Ashams, a Nazareth-based radio station. “Instead of this list we want justice and the prosecution of the criminals.”-rh 22/4/2015
Bethlehem PA police thwart attempt to steal Banksy muralMa`an - The Bethlehem municipality is seeking protection for 12 known artworks by British graffiti artist Banksy across the city, after police discovered drilling work which was apparently carried out with the intention of removing and selling the mural, which depicts a young girl searching a soldier. Copies of this mural are often used by Palestinian solidarity activists worldwide, as well as by some anti- militarist and Pacifist groups. In the past, Bethlehem residents have painted over another Banksy mural, depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey`s identity papers - intended by the British artist as satire of Israeli occupation practices but interpreted as offensive by Bethlehem residents. ak 21/4/2015
Settlers steal rich soil from Palestinian lands near Salfit Ma`an - The Kafr ad Dik red soil which is of an extremely high quality would now be used in settlers` gardens [on earlier confiscated ad-Dik lands-bz]21/4/2015
Two elderly men denied access to Al-Aqsa MosqueIMEMC - two Palestinian elders, identified as Taha Shawahna, 69, from Sakhnin, and Kheir ash-Shamy, 59, from the al-Makr village, received police orders denying them access to the mosque for 30 days. Recently the Israeli authorities issued dozens of orders denying men and women from entering the mosque compound for different periods. In times of tensions the police is in the habit of restricting entry into the mosque, with only men above 45 or 50 years of age - and women of all ages - being allowed in. The new measure adds a prohibition on specific elderly men and on specific women of various ages. ak 21/4/2015
Soldiers arresting Beit Rima resident violently attack him and his family, leave his brother unconscious in street B’Tselem - "At around 2:30 A.M on Sunday, 18 January 2015, the military arrived at the Ya’qub family home in the village of Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah. Entering the house, soldiers arrested ‘Ali Talji Ya’qub, 21, beating him and three of his relatives. The soldiers dragged ‘Ali’s brother, Ya’qub Talji Ya’qub, 31, out into the street and left him lying there, unconscious" [ry]20/4/2015
Settlement Agriculture Using Palestinian Child Labor HRW--Israeli settlement farms in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian child labor to grow, harvest and pack agricultural produce, much of it for export, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Monday. The farms pay the children low wages and subject them to dangerous working conditions in violation of international standards.dn 19/4/2015
Report Concerning BlacklistedMachsomWatch - 12 January 2015 "This MachsomWatch team has been working with blacklisted Palestinian workers and merchants for almost 10 years now, in order to appeal against their blacklisting. From this activity emerges a harsh picture of the oppressive system orchestrated by the Shabak (General Security Services), the Civil Administration and the military commander of the West Bank, with the backing of the Government and the Knesset." ca18/4/2015
Israeli army encloses 7,000 Palestinians in West Bank villageNatasha Roth - +972 "IDF openly tells the 7,000 residents of Hizma that they are being collectively punished for the stone-throwing of a few Palestinians." ca18/4/2015
State Attorney’s Office: killing a wounded, fleeing boy by shooting him in the back merely a “reckless and negligent act”B`Tselem report - "This is a new low in Israeli authorities’ disregard for the lives of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. The State Attorney’s Office has sent security forces in the Occupied Territories a clear message: if you kill an unarmed Palestinian who poses no threat, we will do everything to cover it up and ensure impunity. Killing a wounded, fleeing youth who posed no threat by shooting him in the back is not a “reckless and negligent act”. The disparity between the grave action and the minor offense is incomprehensible and outrageous." ca 17/4/2015
‘Price tag’ settler argues in court that revenge isn’t a crimeNatasha Roth - +972 "Were people’s lives and livelihoods not at stake, it would have been an almost sublime piece of parody. During the trial of four teenage Israeli settlers who set fire to a Palestinian-owned cafe in the West Bank town of Dura, which concluded on Monday, the defendants’ attorneys – as reported by Ynet – brought forth the claim that because the arson was an act of revenge, their clients were not guilty of breaking the law." ca17/4/2015
Israeli court to rule on Palestinian planning authority in Area CMa`an News Agency - "The appeal was lodged in 2011 by a range of organisations, including Rabbis for Human Rights, the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, in addition to local Palestinian authorities.The appeal points to the fact that Palestinian building permits are almost never approved in Area C, while those Palestinians who do build live under the constant threat of demolition, which Israeli forces carry out hundreds of times each year." ca17/4/2015
Israeli army closes off West Bank village after stone-throwing incidentsNir Hasson and Gili Cohen - Haaretz "Soldiers from the Israel Border Police last week blocked all entrances and exits from the West Bank village of Hizme as punishment for local incidents of stone-throwing. In addition, the IDF placed a large sign in the Palestinian village, north of Jerusalem, calling for residents to provide information about those "disturbing the peace." ca17/4/2015
Israeli courts give free hand to Shin BetShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - lawyers specializing in civil rights cases, who represent Palestinians accused of security offenses in military courts, have told Al-Monitor that following the abduction and murder of the three Israeli youths last June, the Shin Bet was granted a sweeping license to conduct interrogations using various pressure methods, which often lead to false confessions obtained under duress.- rh 15/4/2015
‘Not a single destroyed home in Gaza has been rebuilt’The National - "The findings were published in a report by a coalition of aid groups on Monday." - id 15/4/2015
Organic farms in the West Bank: Hemmed in by smokestacks, separation wallCreede Newton - Al-Jazeera - "...he and his family face a challenge that most organic farmers do not: the immediate and long-term effects of the Israeli occupation that has left his farm isolated and also at risk of serious pollution." - id 15/4/2015
Abbas’ silence on prisoners astounding, says UK’s Baroness TongeJulie Webb-Pullman - Samidoun - In a telephone link-up with Gaza today Baroness Jennifer Tonge told members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) she was astounded at the silence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the PLC regarding the Israeli kidnapping of PFLP member of parliament Khalida Jarrar on April 02, 2015.-rh 15/4/2015
Against the Occupation: Ten Years of Grassroots Resistance L. Michael Hager -Truthout - In the US, Dr. Martin Luther King showed that nonviolent protest works. His Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 inspired passage of the Voting Rights Act that year, a landmark for US civil rights. In Palestine, Iyad Burnat, head of both the Bilin Popular Committee against the Wall and the Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bilin, has followed Dr. King`s example.-rh15/4/2015
Analysis: Palestinian options after the Israeli electionAlaa Tartir - Ma`an News - Palestinians throughout the occupied territories–those under a decade-long siege in Gaza, and losing land, water and homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem–and those suffering in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere, are at the end of their tether. Analysts warn that both Gaza and Jerusalem are at a boiling point, and the West Bank is not far behind.-rh 15/4/2015
HRW: Settlement agriculture using Palestinian child laborMa`an News - The 74-page report, "Ripe for Abuse: Palestinian Child Labor in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank," documents that children as young as 11 are working on settlement farms. The children carry heavy loads, are exposed to high temperatures and hazardous pesticides, and in some cases have to pay themselves for medical treatment for work-related injuries or illness.-rh15/4/2015
Gaza is a TombBel Trew - Foreign Policy - Gaza today is a powder keg waiting to explode. The key aspects of the cease-fire agreement that ended the war last summer remain unfulfilled — both Israel and Hamas feel that only more violence can force their enemy to assent to their demands.-rh15/4/2015
Smuggled Palestinian prison literature gains outside audienceAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - During the 22 years he spent in Beersheba prison, writer Shaaban Hassouna managed to draft five novels, which he sneaked out in capsules for his family to print. One of his novels, “Shade of a Black Cloud,” received critical and local acclaim. -rh15/4/2015
Organic farms in the West Bank: Hemmed in by smokestacks, separation wallCreede Newton - Aljazeera America - Qato is a researcher at Brown University’s school of public health who conducted a qualitative study on the societal outcomes of the factories. She said that people from Tulkarem feel as if their health has been compromised, even if they are yet to exhibit signs of illness. Qato added: "The occupation limits access to the tools necessary to complete a thorough epidemiological study."-rh 15/4/2015
HRW: Settlements Exploiting Palestinian Children for Agricultural LaborIMEMC - "According to Ma`an News Agency, the 74-page report, "Ripe for Abuse: Palestinian Child Labor in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank," documents that children as young as 11 are working on settlement farms." - id for bz 14/4/2015
UN Denounces Israel`s Administrative Detention PolicyIMEMC - "Israeli practices of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which defines humanitarian protection for civilians, the United Nations has said." - id for bz 14/4/2015
Hope is scarce in Gaza — but we haven’t lost it Jamal Khoudary - The Electronic Intifada - " Unemployment rates have hit an unprecedented level at around 50 percent. Hundreds of factories and workshops have either been destroyed or stopped functioning as essential materials are not allowed into Gaza." - id for bz 14/4/2015
Gaza Strip Flooded Following Heavy RainsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Heavy rain has flooded low-lying areas across the Gaza Strip, including Khazaa and Beit Hanoun, where thousands of Gazans displaced by the Israeli offensive last summer are living in caravans" [ry]13/4/2015
Video: Ice Cream at Hebron checkpointB’Tselem - "The severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the vicinity of the settlements in Hebron encourage the arbitrary and regular harassment of the residents. B`Tselem volunteer Raed Abu a-Rmeileh filmed a video showing what happened to an ice cream delivery intended for a grocery store" [ry]13/4/2015
To make ends meet, Gazans sell their goldNigel O`Connor - Aljazeera "In August 2014, the World Bank recorded 39 percent of Gazans living in poverty on an income of less than $1.25 per day. Senior staff at Gaza`s Ministry of Economy and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees told Al Jazeera that incidents of poverty had reached 50 percent. Zuhair said he would use the expected $1,000 in proceeds to buy food and items for his children. In better times, he traded refrigerators and washing machines, but he said no one had bought anything for months." ca12/4/2015
Israeli courts convict hundreds of Palestinian childrenPatrick Strickland - Aljazeera "When we got to the police station, he had been beaten up and there was blood on his face," Sheikh told Al Jazeera. "After five court hearings, he was sentenced to four months in prison. How does a 50-year-old man sit on a bench and decide the fate of little children?" ca12/4/2015
Israel shelling in Gaza war unprecedented despite inaccuracyCharlie Hoyle - Ma`an News - In a new report entitled `Under Fire,` Action on Armed Violence found that Israel has "gradually relaxed" rules regarding the use of unguided high-explosive weapons in populated areas, greatly increasing the risk to Palestinian civilians.-rh 9/4/2015
500% increase in Palestinians detained without trial in 2015Ma`an News - Israeli authorities have issued 319 administrative detention orders for Palestinians since the beginning of 2015, a rights group said Friday, six times as many as they did the previous year.-rh9/4/2015
Family Of Detained Child Granted Visit Permit Dated After His Scheduled ReleaseSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israel continues to violate the rights of all detainees, especially imprisoned children, and their families, in direct violation of International Law." - id 8/4/2015
Soldiers Assault Detainees In NafhaIMEMC News - Many Moved Into Solitary Confinement, Others Transferred to Ramon Prison [ry]7/4/2015
Q&A: Wheelchairs for GazaMegan O`Toole - Al Jazeera spoke with Dr Basel Abuwarda about his fundraising campaign to rebuild Gaza`s school for disabled children [ry]7/4/2015
Israel to detain female Palestinian lawmaker for 6 months, lawyer saysAP - Ynet - Khalida Jarrar - 52-year-old PFLP senior political leader - being held under Israeli administrative detention [i.e. without trial] after violating Israeli ban on entering Ramallah, where she lives. [bz]6/4/2015
Israel to detain female Palestinian lawmaker for 6 months, lawyer saysAP - Ynet - Khalida Jarrar - 52-year-old PFLP senior political leader - being held under Israeli administrative detention after violating Israeli ban on entering Ramallah, where she lives. [bz]6/4/2015
Refusing handout, Abbas threatens to turn to ICC over frozen tax moniesMa`an - "We will not take the money until we get all of it: either you give us the full amount or we go to the ICC." [bz]6/4/2015
A father and his child ordered to show up for military interrogationIMEMC - Beit Fajjar, Monday at dawn: Israeli soldiers stormed the home of Mohammad Ismael Za’oul and violently searched it. The soldiers then handed him and his 12-year-old son, Ezzeddin, military warrants ordering them to head to the Etzion security base, south of Bethlehem, for interrogation. ak 6/4/2015
Separation policy in Hebron (including video exposing the apartheid`s implementation)B`Tselem - Military renews segregation on main street; wide part – for Jews, narrow, rough side passage – for Palestinians [bz]6/4/2015
Israeli fakes own kidnapping, Palestinians pay the priceYael Marom--About the same time that news of a nuclear deal with Iran made its way into the headlines Thursday night, reports came out about the suspected kidnapping of an Israeli in the West Bank. dn4/4/2015
WATCH: IDF brings segregated streets back to HebronEdo Konrad - +972 "IDF re-segregates main road leading to Cave of the Patriarchs, two years after it ostensibly put an end to the policy." ca3/4/2015
Israeli soldiers arrest feminist Palestinian lawmakerHaggai Matar - +972 "Six months after she was ordered to move from her home near Ramallah to Jericho, the army arrests Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar. She will join 16 other Palestinian lawmakers currently serving time in Israeli prisons." ca3/4/2015
Israel Dismantles Solar Panels Providing Power To A Bedouin CommunityIMEMC - "The Hebron Defense Committee said the solar panels were the only source of electricity to the residents, and provided power to a children`s school.Israel repeatedly invades Palestinian Bedouin communities near occupied Jerusalem, the West Bank Northern Plains, Hebron, and several other areas in occupied Palestine. " ca3/4/2015
Israel court rules against separation wall in Beit JalaMa`an News - "Israel`s High Court on Thursday ruled in favor of a petition by local Palestinians in Beit Jala against building the separation wall in the Cremisan Valley area, ending a nine year legal battle against the annexation of local land." ca3/4/2015
Celebrating Holiday of Freedom in an Israeli Desert Jail : African Immigrants Hold Seder Under Deportation ThreatYermi Brenner - The Jewish Daily Forward - The asylum seekers organized the mock Refugee Seder in March to raise awareness of their struggle against Israel’s policy of detaining them and denying them a fair asylum procedure. The event, which took place outside Holot because the facility’s rules disallow visitors, was organized in cooperation with Israeli human rights activists.-rh2/4/2015
Sneaking across Israeli border last resort for desperate GazansHana Salah - Al-Monitor - Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been illegally crossing the eastern border into Israel for years. Yet, what was once a rare phenomenon has now transformed into an almost daily occurrence. Palestinian youths hope to find a better life and jobs across the border, or even obtain refugee status, but they are almost always detained by Israel. Regardless, more and more youths are risking their lives to sneak across the border.-rh 2/4/2015
March 2015 NewsletterWho Pofits Research Center - Israeli news sources report that Max Bögl and Signon Schweiz won a tender for the construction and maintenance of the track and electronic systems of the A1 rail – a new high-speed train built on Palestinian land.-rh 2/4/2015
Monitoring the treatment of children in Israeli Military DetensionMilitary Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 28 February 2015, there were 5,609 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza) held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities including 182 children. In the case of children this represents an increase of 12 per cent compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 8 per cent compared with 2014. According to the IPS, 51 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.-rh2/4/2015
ICC: Palestine is Newest Member : Court Membership Could Open Door for Justice to VictimsHuman Rights Watch - The ICC treaty officially went into effect for Palestine on April 1, 2015, giving the court a mandate dating back to June 13, 2014, over serious crimes, including war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on or from Palestinian territory.-rh 2/4/2015
David Shulman’s Appeal on Behalf of the People of Palestinian SusyaDavid Shulman - The Villages Group - About a year ago I reported on a truly astonishing document prepared by the Civil Administration in which they argue, in classic colonial style, that the impoverished Palestinians of Susya do not know what is good for them and that their opportunities will increase if only they are moved to the city of Yata-- in other words, if they are forced to relinquish forever their homes, grazing grounds, and fields.-rh 2/4/2015
Journalists still a target in GazaAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - When asked why a large number of journalists died during the recent war, journalist Sami Abu Salem, who is trained in the safety of journalists, said that the main reason stems from the criminal behavior of the Israeli forces that deliberately target journalists.-rh 2/4/2015
Palestine’s lingering water crisisAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - “The biggest water catastrophe on earth is in the Gaza Strip, as 97% of the coastal aquifer water is unfit for human use because of seawater intrusion and leakage of sewage water into it,” Ghoneim said.-rh 1/4/2015
Israel Using Live Ammunition for Palestinian Crowd ControlMel Frykberg - IPS - “Ali Safi had critical injuries to his kidneys, spinal cord, lungs and spleen,” Dr Sami Naghli, who runs Jelazon refugee camp’s medical relief services, told IPS. Seventeen-year-old Safi was shot last week by an Israeli sniper armed with a Ruger rifle during clashes between Palestinian youngsters and Israeli soldiers. The bullet which hit him was a 0.22 inch calibre bullet, which is considered less lethal than ordinary bullets of 5.56 mm calibre. There has been a recent increase in the use of this kind of bullet against Palestinian demonstrators by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) despite disagreement within the Israeli military about the use of this controversial weapon for riot control when the lives of Israeli soldiers are not endangered. [bz-id]1/4/2015
B`Tselem Newsletter March 31, 2015***Communities at risk of forced displacement ***Gaza Today: Last summer’s displaced persons still living in schools ***Masked soldiers enter Palestinian homes in Hebron in dead of night, order residents to wake their children, and photograph some of them. [bz for id] 1/4/2015
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