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Life under occupation

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Palestinian hunger-striker moved from solitary to hospital as health worsensMa`an - Janazreh, 43, has been on hunger strike for 58 days in protest of his administrative detention. He was initially detained on November 15. He is one of several Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike in an attempt to hold Israel accountable for its arbitrary arrest and detention of Palestinians. According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, there are currently 700 Palestinians being held in administrative detention. [bz]30/4/2016
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5 Israelis evacuated from Aqsa amid Jewish holiday turmoilMa`an News Agency - "Thursday’s incidents are the latest of a string of near-daily conflicts to take place this week as right-wing Israelis have descended on the compound to perform religious rituals for Passover, in violation of an agreement prohibiting non-Muslim worship that was signed between Israel and the Jordanian government after Israel’s illegal occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967." ca29/4/2016
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Israel bulldozes scores of EU-built Palestinian homes in bitter dispute over control of West Bank Raf Sanchez, Jabal al-Baba - The Telegraph - Simple homes like this are at the heart of a bitter argument raging between Israel and the EU. So far this year, Israel has bulldozed more than 65 of these houses in the West Bank, arguing that they were constructed illegally and the EU has no right to build in the area without permission. Some Israelis even accuse Europe of building its own version of "settlements" .-rh27/4/2016
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Number of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons soarsCharlotte Silver - Rights and Accountability - EI - "Israel has sunk to new lows this year: arresting and imprisoning its youngest female detainee, 12-year-old Dima al-Wawi, and sentencing her to nearly five months in prison." - id27/4/2016
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Has the countdown to next Hamas-Israel war begun?Adnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - Despite the growing mutual warnings between Hamas and Israel about an imminent confrontation, a number of factors might prevent its outbreak, at least for now. The Israeli army is preoccupied with the growing unrest in the West Bank that began in October. Also, Israelis seem to doubt how much the IDF could actually achieve in Gaza — in terms of completely eliminating the Palestinian factions’ missiles and toppling Hamas — except for killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians. The Israelis must wonder whether it is worth getting pulled back into the Gaza quagmire.-rh 27/4/2016
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An Israeli journalist asks, ‘What happened to the people in the photographs?Michaela Whitton - Mondoweiss - The uncommon scenario of an Israeli Jew attending a wedding in a Palestinian refugee camp meant Kratsman was accepted by locals immediately. He quickly found himself the centre of attention as people clamoured to spot themselves in his photos. As the Palestinians pored over the images taken during a 2007 parade of militia, he handed out pens and they circled the faces of those they knew were dead. Returning home with 20 martyrs identified and keen to locate more Palestinians in his archive, Kratsman soon realised he couldn’t carry thousands of images all over the West Bank and Gaza. Then, prompted by his wife, he quickly understood the potential Facebook had to help in his quest. - rh27/4/2016
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In Israel, an ugly tide sweeps over PalestiniansJonathan Cook - The National - Attacks on soldiers were wrong, said Mr Bahloul, but a Palestinian such as Mr Al Sharif – who tried to stab soldiers at a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron – was not a “terrorist" by any normal definition. Terrorists target civilians, Bahloul noted, not soldiers enforcing an illegal occupation.-rh27/4/2016
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Israeli pronouncement on policing West Bank solidifies one-state apartheid regime — Erekat Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Despite protocol, Israeli forces do enter Area A nightly, mostly for arrest operations. Palestinians leaders regard this as a tell-tale sign of Israel’s lack of seriousness in working towards a Palestinian state now, or at any point in the future. More to the point, Palestinians see Israeli soldiers in their cities as why they want out of Oslo and a driving cause of their forays at United Nations for a Security Council resolution to order Israel to turn over the keys to the West Bank and Gaza.-rh 27/4/2016
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Massive collective punishment: homes of 149 Palestinians suspected of no wrongdoing demolished since Oct. 2015; hundreds more under threatB`Tselem - Since October 2015, Israel has stepped up use of house demolitions as a way to punish the families of Palestinians who perpetrated attacks against Israelis or are suspected of perpetrating or aiding such attacks. Since then, the authorities have demolished or fully or partially sealed 37 apartments. Fourteen of these apartments were not under demolition orders and were damaged simply because of their proximity to apartments slated for demolition. As a result of this large-scale punitive action, 149 people, 65 of them minors, have lost their homes. Four of these homes were issued demolition or sealing orders prior to October 2015. Ten more families are currently waiting ruling by Israel’s High Court of Justice (HCJ) in petitions they filed against orders issues for their homes. One more home is expected to be demolished, as the HCJ rejected the family’s petition. Since October 2015, the HCJ revoked six demolition orders. In this time, 53 apartments have been demolished or issued demolition or sealing orders.-rh27/4/2016
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Israel releases 12-year-old Palestinian girl, highlighting dual legal systemsActivestills - +972 - "A Jewish child arrested for an identical crime in the same location would not have been sent to prison." - id27/4/2016
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Petition: Keep the Israeli Army Off Kadoorie University Campus! 26/4/2016
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Army Uproots Palestinian Farmlands East Of Gaza CityIMEMC - The army vehicles came from “Nahal Oz” military base, across the border fence. The soldiers also demolished a concrete wall, near the Karni Crossing, east of Gaza city, and fired smoke bombs in addition to several live rounds [Threats? Preparations?-bz] 26/4/2016
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Palestinians forced to close shops in Hebron for Israeli Passover visitsMa`an - Palestinian shop owners were forced to close their storefronts in Hebron Tuesday as Israeli politicians called for the annexation of the occupied city during visits by thousands of right-wing Israelis for Passover. Hebron local and prominent activist Issa Amro told Ma’an that Israeli forces instructed shopkeepers in both the H1 and H2 areas of Hebron to remain closed. Amro said that by forcing shops to close in H1 -- the area of the city under jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority -- Israeli authorities were supporting right-wing Israelis aiming to push Palestinian locals from the city. “They want to make it look [to Israeli settlers] like Palestinians don’t live here.” [bz]26/4/2016
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Jordan warns Israel over extremist groups` Temple Mount incursions Times of Israel - Jordanian government spokesperson Muhammad Al- Momani warned that "Israel’s violations against worshipers on the holy site", (Temple Mount to Jews, Haram a-Sharif to Muslims) which he defined as "a violation of international laws and conventions, which could have dangerous consequences”. He was evidently referring to the extended visiting hours for Jews due to Passover, during which Muslim worshipers are barred. The prevailing status-quo allows Jews and other non-Muslims to visit the Mount, but not to pray or conduct other religious worship there. Messianic-Nationalist Israeli groups openly declare their intention to change this situation, their members attempting to hold prayers as a form of staking a Jewish claim to the scared compound, some of them even trying to smuggle in lambs or goats in order to hold a sacrifice - acts which Muslims regard as provocative and threatening. [ak] 26/4/2016
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Kadoorie Campus - studying in the shadow of a military shooting rangeFriends of Kadoorie - In 2002, the army has used a shooting range built on land confiscated from the Palestine Technical University (Kadoorie), with firing oriented in the direction of the university buildings.ince October 2015, the army has responded aggressively and disproportionately to demonstrations against the occupation, storming the university’s campus 130 times over 85 days, injuring 138 students and staff members with live bullets. In addition, the army fired tear gas grenades causing 850 cases of suffocation and destroyed greenhouses used by the students. [ak] 26/4/2016
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Youngest Female Palestinian Jailed by Israel Set to Be Released Sunday Jack Khoury--A 12-year-old Palestinian girl convicted of attempting to stab an Israeli is set to be released from prison on Sunday, two-and-a-half months after becoming the youngest female Palestinian ever incarcerated by Israel. dn24/4/2016
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Israel to Confiscate 1,250 Acres of Palestinian Land for Illegal OutpostsPalestine Chronicle--Israel has recently stepped up land confiscation in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli authorities on Saturday delivered notices to the Palestinian village of Jalud in the northern occupied West Bank, alerting residents that 5,000 dunams (1,250 acres) of private land were slated for confiscation in what appeared to be the retroactive legalization of illegal outposts in the area. dn 24/4/2016
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Israel Plans to Improve Conditions at "Shameful" West Bank CrossingsDov Lieber - The Times of Israel "As part of a wider effort to boost Israeli-Palestinian economic ties, the Finance Ministry is planning to improve the much- criticized conditions at crossings where tens of thousands of Palestinians enter Israel daily from the West Bank to work, a ministry spokesperson told The Times of Israel on Thursday." ca23/4/2016
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Finally, Israel and Palestine is a US election issue. The ‘last taboo’ is not broken, but it’s splinteringRobert Fisk - The Independent "Yet the shift in emphasis is clearly there. Sanders is Jewish – his father was an immigrant from eastern Europe – and most of his family died in the Nazi Holocaust. You might expect he would try to outgun Hillary in her support for Israel. Yet he accused her of devoting “only one sentence... that even mentioned the Palestinian people” in her Aipac hug-in, only “one line on the Palestinian people”. ca22/4/2016
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Israeli settler threatens Palestinian family with gun near HebronMa`an News Agency - "An Israeli settler threatened to shoot a Palestinian family near the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in the southern occupied West Bank on Wednesday evening. Yahya Basal told Ma`an that his three children Mustafa, 19, Muntaser, 17, and Shaima, six, as well as Mustafa’s two-year-old daughter Layan, were driving home to the Wadi al-Juz neighborhood in eastern Hebron when an Israeli vehicle stopped in front of them on Route 60 at around 8 p.m...Israeli settlers in the Hebron area are notoriously aggressive towards Palestinians. Hebron residents frequently report attacks and harassment by the settlers, carried out in the presence of Israeli forces." ca22/4/2016
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High court bans Israeli company from punitive power cuts to West BankMa`an News Agency - "An Israeli court on Wednesday temporarily banned the Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC) from cutting power to the occupied West Bank as a punitive measure for outstanding Palestinian debts.In early April, IEC stopped supplying power to the West Bank districts of Hebron, Jericho, and Bethlehem, among others, to punish the Palestinian Authority for unpaid debts amounting to more than 1.7 billion shekels (about $450 million)."22/4/2016
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Why a seaport won`t solve Gaza`s problemsAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "The distress of 1.8 million besieged Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip less than an hour’s drive from central Israel does not trouble most Israelis — not to mention most of its elected officials." - id20/4/2016
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Israeli forces raid Silwan, deliver demolition ordersMa`an News - Israeli forces on Saturday raided Silwan and delivered demolition orders to two Palestinian-owned buildings amid a surge of demolitions in the occupied East Jerusalem area, locals said. Member of a Silwan-based committee formed to fight such demolitions, Fakhri Abu Diab, told Ma’an that inspectors from the Jerusalem municipality accompanied by armed forces delivered the orders to owners who have already forged long legal battles in Israeli courts in efforts to protect their properties. Of those slated for demolition included the home of Yasin al-Rajabi, said Majdi al-Abbasi of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.-rh20/4/2016
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As Hamas grows stronger in Gaza, IDF prepares for future conflict Yoav Zitun - YnetNews - Hamas has upped the number of fighters in its elite and commando units and is testing short-range rockets with a heavy payload in an effort to restore its strength to what it was before summer 2014; the IDF, meanwhile, is planning to defeat Hamas`s military wing and set them back years; `We`ll defeat them by offense, not defense,` says senior officer.-rh20/4/2016
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How many Palestinians are imprisoned by Israel?Megan O`Toole, Konstantinos Antolopoulos - Aljazeera - After ramping up arrests in recent months. Israel is currently holding about 7.000 Palestinian Prisoners.-rh20/4/2016
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Literary Stars Learn ‘Occupation 101’ Firsthand in Tense Tour of West BankNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - The American writer Ayelet Waldman was on a tour near the Hamra checkpoint, deep inside the Palestinian West Bank, when a silver car with Israeli plates pulled over. The driver, an Israeli Jew, got out and began taking photos of Waldman’s tour group, which included the Austrian author Eva Menasse and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks, as well as a bevy of photographers and anti-occupation activists.-rh 20/4/2016
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Ringleader in Abu Khdeir murder case convicted in Jerusalem court Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Today, a Jerusalem district court convicted the ringleader of the 2014 murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was abducted near his home in East Jerusalem and burned alive. The defendant, Yosef Haim Ben-David, 30, will be sentenced in the coming weeks. He along with two minors kidnapped Abu Khdeir and beat and killed the youth. The slaying prompted weeks of unrest and gained international prominence as a high-profile case of settler violence against Palestinians.-rh20/4/2016
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Israel rabbi to paramedics: `Leave Palestinians to die` : Israeli ambulance crews adopt a policy of denying injured Palestinians treatment, say rights groups.Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - There is mounting evidence that Israeli ambulance crews are withholding treatment from Palestinians injured during a wave of attacks over the past six months, according to rights groups. Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, a medical watchdog group, found that wounded Palestinians had been left untreated for as long as two hours. In some cases, medical teams are suspected of failing to tend to the injuries of suspected attackers as revenge, in the expectation that they will die from their wounds.-rh 20/4/2016
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Excessive use of force and collective punishment at demonstrations in remembrance of Palestinian political prisonersFeatures - ISM - "This Friday Israeli forces inundated the demonstrators and part of the village with tear gas, resulting in dozens of people receiving emergency medical treatment for excessive tear gas inhalation." - id20/4/2016
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Segregation of Palestinians and Jews in maternity wards becomes an issue in Israel Phil Weiss and Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - The medical establishment insisted on Wednesday that there was no segregation between Jewish and Arab women in maternity wards. However, Arab doctors complained of racist and discriminatory treatment by medical staff in the country’s hospitals… For many years the health establishment has been segregating Arab and Jewish mothers who come to deliver their babies, particularly in hospitals and maternity wards that serve mixed populations. While this may not be official policy, it is implemented by nurses on these wards, with doctors and hospital management turning a blind eye.-rh20/4/2016
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Israel Sentenced a 13-year-old Palestinian Girl to PrisonGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - S. is not home. She is in Sharon Prison. A 13-year-old girl, in the seventh grade, she is an inmate in an Israeli jail. Last Thursday, S. was sentenced to four-and-a-half months in prison and a fine of 7,000 shekels ($1,860). If the fine is not paid – and for this family it’s an absolutely unimaginable amount – S.’s mother, Amna Takatka, will be sent to jail for up to seven months: one month for every 1,000 unpaid shekels, for what her daughter did. That was the sentence handed down by military judge Lt. Col. Ami Navon.-rh20/4/2016
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Jordan PM: Plan for security cameras in Al-Aqsa compound haltedMa’an - After months of intensive negotiations with Israel regarding the installation of surveillance cameras inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Jordan decided to altogether halt the entire camera project. Jordanian PM Abdullah al-Nsoor stated that “some of our people in Palestine complained and expressed reservations toward the process". He did not elaborate. The technicalities of installing the cameras were discussed in bilateral negotiations between Israel and Jordan, to which the Palestinian were not invited - nor would the Palestinians have gotten direct access to footage from the proposed cameras.[ak]19/4/2016
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Israeli forces raid the main offices and printshop of Jerusalem-based Palestinian news outlet al-QudsMa`an - Palestinian media outlets have been frequently targeted by the Israeli authorities since unrest hit the occupied Palestinian territory over the past six months, with a number of outlets shut down for alleged “incitement against Israel.” [bz]19/4/2016
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Palestinian who filmed Israeli soldier shooting disarmed man dead in Hebron receives death threatsLizzie Dearden - The Independent - `It is a surprise to us that people care now,` Imad Abushamsiya tells The Independent [ry] 18/4/2016
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Closing case against Col. Shomer integral part of whitewash mechanism which is the military investigative systemB`Tselem - "Col. Shomer shot and killed 17-year-old Palestinian Muhammad `Ali- Kosba with three bullets to the upper body, one of them in the head. The MAG`s assertion that the firing was legal, since the officer claimed that he aimed at the youth`s legs but missed, clearly indicates the investigative system`s willingness to ignore the law and open-fire regulations, all in the interest of providing impunity to members of the security forces who unlawfully killed Palestinians" [ry] 18/4/2016
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Israel`s state archivist opens up about censorship, digitizationHaggai Matar--Israel’s state archivist confirms that nearly half a million pages have been sent to the IDF Censor, which has redacted historical documents that already saw the light of day, and talks about why he didn’t foresee the storm that erupted over his decision to end access to paper documents. dn17/4/2016
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In West Bank, Israel Imposes Pop-Up Checkpoints and Road ClosingsDIAA HADID--AWARTA, West Bank — The freshly spray-painted signs in this hamlet outside Nablus are a symbol of the new normal in the West Bank, seven months into a scattershot wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis. dn17/4/2016
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From Gaza’s Open-air-prison to Israeli Prisons Majd Owaida--Despairingly, Maha Owaida, the mother of Majd Owaida, 23, took part in the sit-in in solidarity with her son, who was arrested two months ago while en route to the West Bank via the Israeli-controlled Eretz crossing. dn16/4/2016
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Gaza`s sole power plant shuts down over fuel shortageAFP - Al-Monitor "The plant has been closed since Saturday night when it ran out of fuel, said Ahmed Abu Al-Amreen, an official in the energy ministry. Parts of the strip have been without power for 20 hours a day, the United Nations said, up from 12 hours previously.The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has gradually removed a tax exemption on fuel since January, demanding Hamas pay taxes on imports to besieged Gaza." ca 13/4/2016
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Israel`s ‘Bible Trail’: Demolishing Palestinian homes to make national parksJonathan Cook - Middle East Eye - Planners and human-rights group accuse the Israeli authorities of increasingly using such parks as a tool to grab control of Palestinian land and demolish homes, under the guise of archaeological preservation and tourism development.-rh13/4/2016
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Israel gives initial approval for construction of West Bank power plantMa`an News Agency - "Israel has given initial approval to a Palestinian request to build a power plant in the northern occupied West Bank, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said on Tuesday.In a statement released in Arabic, COGAT said the project for a gas power plant in the industrial zone of the Jenin district “would cause a qualitative shift in electricity consumption which will have a positive impact on all aspects of life.” ca13/4/2016
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Amid the bloodshed, Palestinians and Israelis are giving up on themselves Jonathan Freedland - The Guardian - The case has sparked huge controversy. Unexpectedly perhaps, the army and the military establishment has been loud and clear in its moral condemnation of the soldier’s conduct. Israel’s defence minister (and former army chief of staff) Moshe Ya’alon delivered an impassioned denunciation of the crime. In parliament he warned of “an army that is becoming bestial”, one “an army that has lost its moral backbone”.-rh13/4/2016
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Israel refuses to give building permits, demolishes homes under construction, BethlehemPNN/ Bethlehem - "Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Tuesday morning broke into al- Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, and demolished three homes under construction, under the pretext of having no construction permits...The Israeli army claimed that the area falls under the jurisdiction of the Jerusalem City Council, and that “the Palestinians cannot build there without the council’s approval.” ca13/4/2016
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Surge in demolitions leaves more Palestinians homelessDalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - Everyone at Umm al-Khair knew why they had come, and a woman started yelling: "May God judge you for what you will do". As the roosters crowed, the bulldozers advanced on the first of six small, metal sheet homes, crushing its walls, and turning the entire structure on its side. Within minutes, 35 people were rendered homeless. The tiny village had been through this before, their ramshackle tin sheds and metal dwellings destroyed numerous times.-rh 13/4/2016
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 Did Bernie Sanders Commit ‘Blood Libel’ Against Israel?an G. Finkelstein - The Nation - The criminal dimensions of Protective Edge can be gleaned from these Israel Defense Forces (IDF) testimonies: When we left after the operation, it was just a barren stretch of desert…. We spoke about it a lot amongst ourselves, the guys from the company, how crazy the amount of damage we did there was. I quote: “Listen man, it’s crazy what went on in there,” “Listen man, we really messed them up,” “Fuck, check it out, there’s nothing at all left…, it’s nothing but desert now, that’s crazy.”-rh 13/4/2016
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How Hebron shooting highlights shift in Israeli societyMazal Mualem - Al Monitor - It becomes obvious how much Israeli society has changed when comparing the public’s attitude toward soldiers convicted of excessive force during the first intifada and the transformation of the Hebron shooter into a national hero. There are, of course, many reasons for this, ranging from the rise of the right in Israeli politics to the longstanding Israeli feeling of exhaustion and fatigue resulting from Palestinian terrorism despite the 1993 Oslo Accord. The prevailing mood in the country is that there is no one to talk to on the other side. It is a reality in which an organization like Breaking the Silence is branded a group of traitors, while left-wing, human rights or simply critical civil society groups become targets of incitement.-rh 13/4/2016
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Isolated Palestinian prisoner Shukri Khawaja launches hunger strikeSamidoun - Al-Khawaja’s isolation was extended on Thursday by an Israeli military court in Eshel prison for an additional three months, prompting his hunger strike. He has been held in solitary confinement sine 17 December 2014, and has received only one family visit since that time.-rh13/4/2016
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Has Israeli army become defender of democracy?Uri Savir - Al-Monitor - Israel’s democracy is in a crisis mostly due to its occupation policies. Its alleged executions of Palestinian terrorists, settlement expansion, demolition of houses and Palestinian land expropriations cast heavy clouds over Israel’s identity as a Jewish democracy. There is a regional and international price to pay for these flaws in the democracy. The Palestinians perceive themselves as the victims of these policies, and most of the international community is critical of the policies as well.-rh 13/4/2016
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Israeli Demolitions Displace 124 Palestinians in Just One Day The Palestine Chronicle - The details have been revealed in a statement by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA): “In total, 54 structures were demolished in nine different communities in Area C, displacing 124 people, including 60 children.” The statement, issued on Friday, added: “A further 293 people, including 98 children, were otherwise affected.”-rh13/4/2016
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`The smell of death hangs everywhere`: Blockade drives Gazans to suicideMohammed Omer - Middle East Eye "Doctors and officials say devastating impact of Gaza war is to blame for growing numbers attempting to take their own lives...In the first quarter of 2016, at least 95 people tried to kill themselves, according to unpublished research by the Euro-Med Observers for Human Rights monitoring group, while suicide rates in the first months of 2016 increased by 30 percent compared with the same months between 2013 and 2014." ca13/4/2016
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Israel`s ‘Bible Trail’: Demolishing Palestinian homes to make national parksMiddle East Eye - “Israel forced us out of our original homes and we rebuilt our lives here in East Jerusalem. Now Israel is hounding us out of our homes all over again.” [bz]12/4/2016
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What happened to all the stabbing attacks?Yoav Zitun - Y-net - The last substantial attack took place more than two weeks ago. Ironically, what happened 11 minutes later could have escalated the violent uprising; a Kfir Brigade soldier shot one of the terrorists, lying neutralized on the ground. Despite fear of reprisals, Palestinians have not carried out new attacks. According to Palestinian officials the Israeli public and military response to the incident has calmed Palestinian desire to exact revenge. [ak]12/4/2016
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Army Dumps Rubble And Sand On Farmland Near BethlehemIMEMC - The farmland in question is frequently targeted by settlers and soldiers in an attempt to illegally occupy it, to pave a road and make it part of the nearby Daniel settlement - built already on Palestinian lands. [bz]12/4/2016
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Israel agrees to early release of 12-year-old Palestinian prisoner Dima al-WawiMa`an - The 12-year-old girl is being held with adult Palestinian prisoners and faces restrictions applied by Israel`s prison service to so-called "security" prisoners, including denial of visits from both her family and a social worker. Her parents paid 8,000 shekels ($2,100) in the plea deal, supposed to setting her free April 24th, after two months instead of four. [bz]12/4/2016
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Palestinian father seeks justice for slain sonSheren Khalel - AlJazeera - Nadim Nawara was killed in May 2014 during a Nakba Day protest outside of Israel`s Ofer Prison [ry] 11/4/2016
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Palestinians protest surge in home demolitions by Israeli armyAhmad al-Bazz for Activestills--The Israeli army has displaced more Palestinians since the start of this year than it did in all of 2015, the UN reports. Dozens protest the fourth such demolition in Khirbet Tana in recent months. dn10/4/2016
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‘Slippery slope to a Weimar Republic’ Israel loses its grip on democracy Charles Enderlin--The social and political divide in Israel is no longer between left and right, but between those who do and do not believe in democracy. dn10/4/2016
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Israeli forces have killed 2,000 Palestinian Children, wounded 13,000, jailed 12,000 since 2000IMEMC Contributers--About 2,070 Palestinian children have been killed, and more 13,000 injured since the outbreak of Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000, until this past March, official sources have reported, according to Al Ray. Israeli occupation forces detained more than 12,000 Palestinian children since 2000, while nearly 480 children are still languishing in Israeli prisons. Of them, almost 95% were severely tortured and beaten during the arrest campaign and interrogations intervals, a press statement issued by the Ministry of Information stated. dn 9/4/2016
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Risk of Collapse at Jesus’ Tomb Unites Rival ChristiansDIAA HADID - NYT "The March 22 agreement calls for a $3.4 million renovation to begin next month, after Orthodox Easter celebrations. Each religious group will contribute one-third of the costs, and a Greek bank contributed 50,000 euros, or $57,000, for the scaffolding, in return for having its name emblazoned across the machinery...“If the Israeli government didn’t get involved, nobody would have done anything.”8/4/2016
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Will Israel’s power cuts leave West Bank towns in the dark? Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor "One thing is clear: Any punitive measure against the PA, even cutting off the power supply 24/7, will not make the Palestinians pay their debt. According to the IEC’s announcement, the PA owes 1.74 billion Israeli shekels (about $430 million) — practically equal to all the funding the PA gets annually from the European Union states... The official Palestinian argument, according to which the PA’s debts to the power company are the result of this Israeli conduct, only partially explains the huge debt it has racked up. Actually, the Palestinian electric company, which supplies the power it gets from Israel to Palestinian consumers, cannot collect bills from extensive areas of the West Bank due to the economic distress of most households." ca 8/4/2016
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Residents fight off settler, army provocations in Nablus Ahmad Jaradat - Alternative Information Center "Around 1000 settlers raided Joseph`s Tomb last night. The settlers came to the Tomb, which is located in Area A in about a dozen buses under the protection of occupation forces. Clashes happened with groups of about 5-10 youths from the nearby Askar and Balata refugee camps. The soldiers used rubber coated bullets and live fire. Five protesters were taken to the hospital in what local residents descibed as an ambush similar to what happened two nights ago in Madama. In Nablus last night occupation forces deployed in Nablus as well as in surrounding areas, like the student village of Najah University, which is located some five kilometers west of the city." ca8/4/2016
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Israeli forces continue demolition campaign across West BankMa`an News Agnecy - "According to an initial statement from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory, ongoing demolitions were carried out Thursday in Khirbet Tana, the fourth documented incident in the northern occupied West Bank village this year.Khirbet Tana lies in an Israeli-declared military training zone, known as a "firing zone," which rights groups say Israel intends to fully annex.Nearly 20 percent of the occupied West Bank has been declared "firing zones" since the 1970s, but according to the UN, recent research shows that nearly 80 percent of these areas are not in fact used for military training." ca8/4/2016
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Nowhere to run: Palestine marathoners race on short trackDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Local Palestinian organizer George Zeidan told Al-Monitor that this year’s marathon was the biggest. Zeidan proudly noted the participation of more than 2,000 women, nearly 46% of all registrants. While a large number of participants completed part of the marathon, 298 men and 89 women ran the entire 42-kilometer run. Runners of 64 nationalities participated in the marathon, which 450 volunteers helped make a major success.-rh 6/4/2016
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Frontline: East JerusalemJennifer Loewenstein - Counterpuntch - Is it any wonder that US-Israeli actions over the past 22 years have significantly worsened? That a United Nations report concludes that the continued deterioration of conditions on the ground for approximately 4.5 million people in Gaza Strip will render it “uninhabitable” by 2020 (UN UNCTAD Report, Sept 1st, 2015)? and that the ongoing denial of basic human rights in the West Bank have made the atmosphere there more heated and tempestuous than it has been since the military crackdowns of the second Intifada (uprising)? Surely Abbas recognizes that his “security arrangements” with Israel transformed his own fighting forces into Israel’s proxy police. If he isn’t there yet, he is miles behind his own people and gradually falling out of sight.-rh6/4/2016
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B`Tselem’s Camera ProjectB`Tselem - In 2007, B`Tselem’s Video Department launched its innovative camera project. The organization distributes video cameras and provides training to Palestinians living in areas in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip where tensions are high and clashes are commonplace.-rh6/4/2016
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Who Occupies Whom in Israel-Palestine? Don’t Ask an AmericanEric Schuler - ANTIWAR - That reality is why the recent poll on Americans’ understanding of Israel is both important and depressing. Facts shape our opinions. When those facts are wrong, the opinions tend to reflect that.-rh6/4/2016
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Israeli doctors assist in torture of Palestinian prisoners Charlotte Silver - Rights and Accountability - "But in spite of the involvement of medical professionals in the process of confining prisoners to isolation cells, Israel’s health ministry and the Israel Prison Service do not consider the practice a “medical matter,” thereby relieving the medical establishment of any responsibility to intervene." - id6/4/2016
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Israel Cuts Bethlehem Power over PA Debt IMEMC News - “It affects all the people, whether they have paid their bills or not,” he told Ma’an. “The power cuts won’t bring any solution to what is a political issue.”" - id "6/4/2016
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What every Amercan has to know about Israel/PalestineIf Americans knew - The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world`s major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation. It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution.-rh 6/4/2016
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Palestinians forever changed by Israeli tortureJonathan Brown - Aljazeera - Abu Sharefa, who has a tattoo of an M16 rifle on his chest, is among dozens of residents of Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah who say they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being arrested, detained and tortured by Israeli security forces.-rh6/4/2016
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Israel`s top court to discuss release of Palestinian bodiesMA`AN News - A joint statement released earlier this month by Addameer and the Israeli minority rights group Adalah condemned Israel’s practice of withholding bodies as "a severe violation of international humanitarian law as well as international human rights law, including violations of the right to dignity, freedom of religion, and the right to practice culture."-rh6/4/2016
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The Breaking of Tel RumeidaDezeray Lyn - The Arab Daily News - "“You need to shave his skin off and throw him into the Dead Sea.”" - id 6/4/2016
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Fighting Israeli Occupying Forces Is “Terrorism.” Boycotting Is “Anti-Semitism.” What’s Allowed?Glenn Greenwald - The Intercept - THAT “TERRORISM” IS a malleable term of propaganda, with no fixed meaning or consistent application, is now quite well-established. Still, its recent application to a spate of violence targeting Israel’s occupying soldiers in the West Bank is so manipulative and extreme that it’s well worth highlighting.-rh6/4/2016
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Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home In Jerusalem without prior notice.IMEMC - The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers invaded Jabal al-Mokabber, and forced the family out before demolishing their property. [bz]5/4/2016
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Israeli forces raid, destroy property at al-Quds UniversityMa`an - Israeli troops raided the university campus at 3 a.m. and left at 5 a.m. For two hours, the soldiers locked campus security guards in one room after breaking their walkie-talkies. The soldiers then ransacked a building hosting the Dean of Students and destroyed property, including printers, in what the army spokesperson referred to as `seizing material belonging to Hamas’ educational arm al-Kutla al-Islamiyah.` [bz]5/4/2016
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Brother of Riham Dawabsheh, killed with husband and son by settler firebomb, arrested by Israeli occupation forcesSamidoun - “Five military jeeps entered Duma at 1:30 am early Monday, 4 April, and occupation soldiers raided the family home, taking Wissam with them. No explanation was given for his arrest by the occupation forces” [ry] 4/4/2016
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Border Police Shoots Teenager on Way to SchoolLenny Thomas - AIC - "Israeli Border Police shot a Palestinian teenager in the head with a rubber coated metal bullet while he was walking to school on Saturday morning in Silwan. The teen, Hatem Abu Mayaleh (13) was brought to Hadassah Ein Kerem where he received internal and external stitches on his head" [ry] 4/4/2016
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What Went Through Palestinian Parents` Minds as They Watched Son`s Cold-blooded Execution? Gideon Levy - Haaretz - The Israeli soldier who shot Abed Fattah al-Sharif while he was on the ground wounded is not the only one who should be punished, says his bereaved father. "Everyone who was standing there: the settlers, the officers, everyone who was there and encouraged the soldier or didn’t lift a finger. Everyone who was involved.” [bz]2/4/2016
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Israeli cuts majority of power supply to Jericho districtMa`an News Agency - "Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) cut two-thirds of the power supply for the central West Bank district of Jericho on Thursday, said the head of the Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO). Hisham al-Omari said that JDECO had not been officially informed of the “illegal procedure. ”IEC’s decision sets a “dangerous precedent,” said al-Omari, adding that it proves Israel’s plans to cut power supplies for other Palestinian cities being supplied by JDECO for unpaid debts amounting to more than 1.7 billion shekels (about $450 million)." ca1/4/2016
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More Than 100 Gaza Athletes Barred From Running in Palestinian Marathon Jack Khoury - Haaretz "Israel, accusing the Palestinians of submitting applications too late, says it cannot process exit permits in time for the runners to leave Gaza for Friday`s race." ca 1/4/2016
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Palestinian circus teacher’s appeal against administrative detention rejected by Israeli military court Samidoun - Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network "The appeal of Palestinian circus trainer and performer Mohammed Abu Sakha against his administrative detention without charge or trial was rejected by Israeli military courts on Thursday, 31 March, reported Addameer. Abu Sakha, 24, was arrested by Israeli occupation forces at a checkpoint as he traveled from his home to his workplace at the Palestinian Circus School, where he specializes in teaching children with intellectual disabilities. Abu Sakha has performed with the school and its circus troupe around the world.He was ordered to administrative detention for six months by military order, confirmed by a military court; he was accused of nothing and faced no trial." ca 1/4/2016
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Israeli government continues to consider historic Palestine as part of Israel: ErekatPalestine News Network - "On this day we salute the heroic Palestinian people wherever they are and once again we call upon the international community to take action against Tel Aviv’s racist colonization policies, including its racism against Palestinian citizens of Israel." ca1/4/2016
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Another home destroyed in Gaza al-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "During this wave of aggression, Israeli bulldozers also destroyed his five hundred beehives along with most of his fruit plantations and olive trees." - id30/3/2016
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Why Israelis are defending IDF soldier who shot Palestinian attackerBen Caspit - Al-Monotor - There is reason for worry in the IDF as well. The military, like the people, is now divided. One section continues to adhere to the rule of law, moral values and following orders. The other part is mainly comprised of the forces with policing duties in Judea and Samaria. They are blending in with the settlers and becoming a kind of obscure police militia, not entirely controllable. Something is happening to the Israeli public under the media radar, and something is happening to the IDF. And it doesn`t bode well for the State of Israel.-rh 30/3/2016
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The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United StatesRobert Jensen - Counterpunch - The basics of that propaganda are easy to identify: simplistic phrases, repeated over and over, designed to engage emotions rather than produce rational arguments, all shaped to fit into a narrative of good (Western-oriented Israel, the Middle East’s only true democracy) versus evil (Arab/Muslim terrorists who seek not only to destroy the Jewish state but kill all Jews).-rh30/3/2016
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Is Israel reviving this 50-year-old land plan?Daoud Kuttab - There is no distinction between Likud and Labor policy when it comes to Palestinian lands. Both appear to be in total agreement on Israeli settlement policy. The Jordan Valley, the only open land in the West Bank and the only path for Palestinian expansion eastward, is slowly being closed off to Palestinians. Without access to or use of the Jordan Valley, the possibility of an independent Palestinian state will be greatly diminished.-rh 30/3/2016
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New Prison Bill for Minors Targets Palestinian Children Chloe Benoist - IMEMC - "The Israeli Knesset, on Tuesday, approved the first reading of a bill which would allow Israeli courts to hand down prison sentences to minors under the age of 14 -- legislation critics say is targeted at Palestinian children." - id 30/3/2016
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Video: Meet the brave shoemaker who filmed Israeli soldier executing a Palestinian Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The video was shot by Imad Abu Shamsiya, who lives behind a wall of barbed wire in that neighborhood. As his video ricochets around the world, Abu Shamsiya is facing death threats, law suits and political pressure over his video. And it’s not the first time he’s come under assault. Jewish settlers want this brave shoemaker and other Palestinians to move out so they can take over his home.-rh30/3/2016
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Five Palestinian prisoners on open hunger strike to protest administrative detention and isolationSamidoun - Five Palestinian prisoners are currently engaged in an open hunger strike against Israeli policies of administrative detention without charge or trial and solitary confinement.-rh30/3/2016
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PHOTOS: IDF demolishes Palestinian homes in occupied Jordan ValleyPhotos by Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org,Text by Haggai Matar - +972 - The Israeli army demolished 17 structures, including family homes, in the Khirbet Tana, an impoverished Palestinian hamlet in the occupied Jordan Valley on Wednesday. This was the third time Israeli forces demolished homes in Khirbet Tana in recent months, according to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, including shelters that were donated for families made homeless by previous demolitions. Israeli authorities refuse to connect the village to the electricity or water grids or approve any building permits.-rh 30/3/2016
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Gaza Hit by Blackouts Again IMEMC - "The Gaza Strip was left almost entirely without power, Tuesday, due to maintenance work on power lines from both Israel and Egypt and ongoing tax disputes on fuel for the enclave’s near-defunct power station." - id 30/3/2016
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Israeli forces level Palestinian playground in ongoing Silwan demolitionsMa`an - Meanwhile the Israeli National Council for Planning and Building approved last week a massive building project planned by Israeli settlement organization Elad in Silwan. [bz]29/3/2016
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Israeli Cabinet Increasingly Split Over Hebron KillingJason Ditz - AntiWar - Soldier Recorded Shaking Hands With Far-Right Activist After Killing Palestinian [ry] 28/3/2016
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Netanyahu Condemns Israeli Soldier Who Shot Subdued Palestinian Attacker Barak Ravid and Gili Cohen - Haaretz "Israeli politicians from across the aisle condemned on Thursday an Israeli soldier who shot a subdued Palestinian attacker in the head in Hebron..."What happened in Hebron does not represent the values of the Israel Defense Forces," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in reaction to the incident, adding that the IDF "expects its soldiers to act coolly and in accordance with the rules of engagement." ca 25/3/2016
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Israeli forces assault prisoners in Etzion detention centerMa`an News - " Palestinian prisoners in Israel`s Etzion detention center were “aggressively” assaulted while under Israeli custody, the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said on Thursday. The committee said Israeli soldiers raided the prisoners’ cells and forced them to leave before their rooms were subjected to a “humiliating” inspection. The groups were later forced to crowd together into two rooms...The director of the committee’s Bethlehem office, Munqith Abu Atwan, told Ma’an at the time that Etzion detention center and its interrogation rooms were "hell” and “unfit for human life." ca25/3/2016
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Israel detains hundreds amid fierce crackdown on illegal Palestinian workersMa`an News Agency - "The Israeli authorities in recent days have launched a massive crackdown on Palestinians working without permits in Israel, in a campaign critics have denounced as a political game that will only deepen Palestinian poverty.Israeli police said Tuesday that in just two weeks they had rounded up more than 1,200 illegal Palestinian workers, while last week, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed into law a set of new penalties aimed at deterring their employment." ca25/3/2016
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Israelis converge on West Bank holy sites in `provocative` visitsMa`an News Agency - Hundreds of Israelis, including large numbers of settlers, converged on religious sites across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday morning ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim, in visits Palestinians condemned as "provocative." In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli settlers as well as other right-wing Israelis held celebrations in the Old City`s Ibrahimi Mosque.-rh23/3/2016
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IOF kidnap at least 28 Palestinians Tuesday overnight, according to PPS PNN - Palestine News Network - "Also in occupied Jerusalem area the IOF stormed and searched homes....the IOF confiscated a Palestinian car, and two TV sets and a computer." - id23/3/2016
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Israeli Police Detain More Than 1200 Palestinian Workers IMEMC - "..."an extensive campaign in various areas, including many construction sites, to "locate and arrest all workers who entered the country illegally"..."the campaign also targeted Israelis who hire them and help them stay without legal documents." - id 23/3/2016
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Witness to deadly West Bank arson attack has house set alightBen Lynfield - Independent - The incident echoed the attack last July when 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha and his parents Saad and Riham were killed and four-year-old Ahmed was left critically injured. Mr Dawabsha, who was the first person on the scene after that attack, is currently testifying before an Israeli court in the trial of two Jewish extremists.-rh23/3/2016
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Palestinians in Gaza are drinking contaminated water Abeer Abu Shawish - Mondoweiss - Palestinians in Gaza regularly consume contaminated water, even when the liquid they drink has already been treated at a purifying facility. In Gaza 45-percent of the water processed in desalination plants is contaminated, according to the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA).-rh 23/3/2016
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The Israeli media is branding Breaking the Silence as traitorsHaggai Matar - +972 - The first thing that troubles me about it is the extreme lack of self-awareness: what arises from the segment is that Ad Kan in effect gathered classified materials, forbidden for publication, in attempt to ensnare Breaking the Silence. So if a civilian organization is prohibited from gathering such materials, isn’t Ad Kan just as ‘guilty’ as Breaking the Silence? And if Ad Kan’s moles attempted to take down Breaking the Silence by sharing classified information themselves – which they knew was classified – are they not the ones who disobeyed the law and violated their obligation to protect military secrets?-rh23/3/2016
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Palestinian farmers caught in political tug of warDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - It is unclear what triggered the unilateral Israeli decision that was implemented without an official announcement or justification. But Jamal Dajani, director of strategic communications at the Palestinian prime minister’s office, told Al-Monitor he believes politics are behind the Israeli decision. “It seems that this act is done in retaliation on the voluntary public Palestinian ban of illegal settlement products and an attempt to further exercise sovereignty over East Jerusalem.”-rh 23/3/2016
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Explaining the New Violence in Palestine Bashir Abu-Manneh - Jakobin - Palestinians see no hope in an Israel that is humiliating and dominating their lives even more cruelly and with impunity. As the situation on the ground worsens by the day, cries of help, and for justice and international accountability are all left unheard. No wonder some feel they have nothing left to lose. Rather than looking at Islam for answers, Israel should look at itself.-rh23/3/2016
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Palestinian human rights defenders receive death threatsCharlotte Silver - The Electronic Intifada - Amuta for NGO Responsibility identifies Al-Haq, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights and Al-Mezan as some of the main “anti-peace” groups that are leading the efforts to put Israeli officials on trial in international courtrooms, specifically referring to the acceptance of Palestine to the International Criminal Court.“They have one strategy: silence any group working to criticize Israel,” Al-Haq director Jabarin said.-rh 23/3/2016
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Army Bulldozes 40 Dunams In Yatta, Demolishes A Barn IMEMC - "...to prepare for building a gravel factory in an illegal colony." - id23/3/2016
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Restricting the life out of Hebron’s Old CityKathleen Kern - CPT (Christian Peacemakes Team) - Every year when I return to Hebron I find Occupation more entrenched, the people more battered, more resigned. Even much this year. International observers are very restricted, kept further and further away from where soldiers daily shoot teargas at Palestinian children of the Qurtuba School and settlers endlessly harass them. The military assigned numbers to Palestinians living in Tel Rumeida; if you don’t have such a number, you are not allowed to be there - even if you are a relative or a friend of a resident.(Relatives and friends of settlers living there are of course, allowed to visit them.) The morning we visited, Hani Abu Haikel with his wife and daughter went to a dentist. When they wanted to return to their homes a settler boy told the soldiers they didn’t live there. The soldier made them wait in the pouring rain for twenty minutes while he checked their IDs and finally confirmed they were indeed residents of Tel Rumeida with numbers duly assigned by the army."They make our lives in hell so that we will all go away and everything will fall into the settlers` hands" said Hani. ak22/3/2016
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Monitor: Israel to confiscate 1,200 dunams of land in Nablus districtMa`an - Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Thursday that the "systematic land grab" constituted "a flagrant violation of international law." Earlier this month, Israel declared 2,342 dunams (580 acres) of land south of Jericho "state land.” [bz]22/3/2016
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The IDF is putting Palestinians on trial for Facebook postsHagar Shezaf - +972 "According to Palestinian prisoners’ organization Addameer, this is one of roughly 150 cases that have been brought before Israeli military courts since October 2015 in which sole charge was incitement on social media, or the central charge alongside allegations like “providing a service for an unlawful organization.” ca18/3/2016
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Israel Cancels Gazans` Weekly Visit to Al-AqsaIMEMC News & Agencies - "Sources at the liaison office said that Israel had called off the agreement, which previously allowed 200 Gazans above the age of 60 to worship at the holy site as part of a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 Gaza war.Sources said that Israel cancelled the agreement on the grounds that Palestinian worshipers traveling for worship were not returning to the Gaza Strip on the same day of the visit, as the agreement stipulated. "ca18/3/2016
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Israeli military seals Bethlehem-area roads after attackMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces on Thursday closed off roads near the Palestinian village of Beit Fajjar in the occupied West Bank hours after two residents of the village reportedly stabbed and injured an Israeli soldier before being shot dead on site. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers sealed main entrances to Marah Rabah south of Bethlehem with earth mounds, as well as agricultural roads that surround the village...All entry into the village was permitted, but exit was prohibited with the exception of humanitarian cases, the spokesperson said.Thursday’s closures will likely directly impact the some 15,000 residents of the two villages." ca18/3/2016
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PCHR Weekly Report: 4 Palestinians Dead from Israeli Military Attacks, 6 WoundedPCHR-Gaza - IMEMC "In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 10– 16 March 2016, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 3 Palestinian civilians were killed and a 4th succumbed to his injuries in the West Bank. 6 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip."ca18/3/2016
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Palestinians Rethink Routines to Avoid Israeli Suspicions REUTERS - NYT - "For Palestinians trying to avoid being suspected of involvement in a months-long wave of deadly attacks against Israelis, small changes in behavior might mean the difference between life and death." - id 16/3/2016
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School shooting a near miss in Gaza al-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Bilal Abu Asser was giving a lesson to his students when a bullet passed just next to his head. “Suddenly I heard a huge explosion, in that moment all the children started to scream, some started to run, others hid under the table, others were in shock…" - id 16/3/2016
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Palestine Today TV Closed by Israel – Website Blocked Fahwad Al-Khadoumi - NSNBC - "The TV channel’s website appears, moreover, to have been subject to a cyber-attack as internet security software flags its website as dangerous. The head of the TV channel, one journalist and a broadcast technician were detained." - id 16/3/2016
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Human Rights Violations and Popular Struggle in South Hebron HillsOperation Dove - February 2016 recorded the highest number of demolitions in the West Bank since the UN Office for Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA) began recording in 2009. During the month, Israeli forces destroyed, dismantled or confiscated 235 homes and other structures, displacing 331 Palestinians,including 174 children, and affecting another 740 Palestinians. More than a third of the structures targeted since the beginning of the year were provided as humanitarian assistance to families in need.-rh16/3/2016
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Human Rights Defender Manal Tamimi Talks about Her Arrest on International Women’s DayHaim Schwarczenberg - Video - “I asked to say goodbye to my children. My daughter was crying all the time. Samer (10) was in shock. He didn’t say anything. The room was full of around ten soldiers and all of them have guns and they cover their faces. When I went out and saw how many soldiers were there, how many jeeps… I think maybe 10, or 13 jeeps. At that moment, I can’t say I was afraid, but I was confused…. I began to search in my mind, what is the awful thing I did?”-rh16/3/2016
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Israeli Minister Calls for Even More Refugee Detention Camps? 5 of the Most Dangerous Incitements to Come out of Israel This WeekDavid Sheen - Alternet - On Wednesday, Interior Minister Arye Deri announced that if the country’s courts continue to stymie the government’s efforts to expel non-Jewish refugees back to Africa, Israel will undertake the construction of an additional desert detention center for the refugees.-rh 16/3/2016
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Frustrated Palestinian teachers escalate strike actionNadim Baba - Aljazeera - Tens of thousands of Palestinian teachers have entered a second month of a strike, demanding a pay rise which they say was promised years ago. The strike has closed state schools across the West Bank and pitted teachers against their own union leaders and a hesitant government. The teachers say their pay packets have not increased alongsde the rising cost of living.-rh 16/3/2016
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The youngest Palestinian in Israeli administrative detention Noam Rotem - +972 - "At 16, Hamza Hamad has already experienced the worst of Israel’s occupation: arrests, home raids, demolitions, and a father in prison. Now he has become the youngest Palestinian to be put in administrative detention." - id 16/3/2016
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Autopsy Shows Soldiers’ “Overkill” of 3 Palestinians; Prosecutors Say Reveals Systematic PolicySaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Autopsies performed on the three Palestinians who were killed by the Israeli military on Monday in Hebron, revealed that the soldiers fired an excessive number of bullets. Many live rounds were fired into the heads of the three Palestinians, as well as into various parts of their bodies. These deaths are similar to various previous incidents when the army, or paramilitary Israeli settlers, not only fired an excessive number of bullets, but actually executed the Palestinians after already shooting and completely incapacitating them. ak15/3/2016
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PA nixes Israeli offer to halt IDF activity in Ramallah, JerichoAvi Issacharoff - Times of Israel - Palestinians insist Israeli army stop operating in all Palestinian cities; PA officials warn end to security cooperation seriously considered. [bz]15/3/2016
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Israel escalates its assault on Palestinian pressAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Claiming `incitement,` Israel shuts down Palestine Today, arrests Palestinian journalists, and convinces a French satellite company to drop a Palestinian TV station [ry] 14/3/2016
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Watch: Palestinian workers at the Bethlehem checkpoint [ry] 14/3/2016
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Palestinian companies protest Israeli decision to ban their productsMa`an News Agency - "Israeli troops used tear gas to suppress a march held by five Palestinian food production companies on Sunday near the Israeli Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank. The companies protested by parking their trucks near the prison, after Israeli authorities banned their products from entering Jerusalem and Israel" [ry] 14/3/2016
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Palestinian teacher wins international Global Teacher`s PrizeIMEMC News - "Pope Francis [...] announced Sunday that Hanan al-Hroub, a teacher from the Deheishe refugee camp in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, was awarded the Global Teacher`s Prize on Sunday" [ry] 14/3/2016
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After Push by Pro-Palestinan Activists, CUNY Probes Anti-Semitism CriesJosh Nathan-Kazis--On the 13th March 2009 around 4:30pm, Tristan Anderson, an ISM volunteer from the US was critically wounded by the occupying Israeli forces while peacefully demonstrating against the ongoing occupation of the West Bank village of Ni’lin. The wounds he sustained were from a high velocity/long range tear gas canister that was used against him at a distance of around 50-60 meters.dn13/3/2016
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No, Israel doesn`t give Gaza electricity for freeItamar Sha’altiel--A number of journalists and figures in the Israeli media and public sphere have been making the claim recently that Israel provides free electricity to Hamas and the Gaza Strip, generally as part of an argument that the Israel is paying the Gazan government protection money in exchange for quiet along the southern border.dn12/3/2016
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A harrowing walk to school for Palestinian childrenSheren Khalel--Pupils in the West Bank village of Tuqu pass by barbed wire fencing and armed Israeli soldiers every morning.dn12/3/2016
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Gaza siblings killed in Israeli air strike after militant rockets hit IsraelNidal al-Mughrabi & Ori Lewis & Catherine Evans & Angus MacSwan - Reuters - Yahoo news - Beset by a months-long surge of street attacks by Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel has little desire to see a new flare-up in Gaza, where Hamas has mostly held its fire in the past 18 months. [bz]12/3/2016
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Army Shuts Down "Palestine Today TV" In Ramallah, Kidnaps Three JournalistsIMEMC News - "Two nights ago, the Israeli Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, held a meeting and came up with a list of punitive measures against the Palestinian people and various media agencies. The cabinet decided to shut down many TV stations and media agencies, for what it called "broadcasting incitement materials," referring to their covering of the Israeli assaults and violations against the Palestinian people, in occupied Palestine." ca 11/3/2016
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5-year-old Duma attack survivor to visit Real MadridMa`an News Agency - "Major Spanish football team Real Madrid will be welcoming on March 17 a young Palestinian boy whose family was killed in an arson attack committed by Israeli settlers last year, the Palestinian Football Federation said Saturday. Ahmad Dawabsha, 5, was the sole survivor of a deadly arson attack carried out by extremist Israeli settlers on his family home in the northern West Bank village of Duma on July 30 last year. The child lost both his parents, Saad and Riham, as well as his 18-month-old brother, Ali." ca11/3/2016
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Israel loses its grip on democracy Charles Enderlin - Le Monde diplomatique - Israel’s right and far right claim almost every week to have unmasked more traitors: leftwing NGOs are described as “moles financed by foreign powers” collaborating with the “Palestinian enemy”; writers, artists, political figures have been accused online, and subjected to racist insults and threats because they oppose the occupation of the Palestinian territories, or simply defend democracy.-rh10/3/2016
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Violence Surges During Joe Biden Trip as Palestinians Fire on Car in JerusalemReuters - wo Palestinian assailants opened fire at cars in Jerusalem, wounding one man before police shot them dead on Wednesday, the force said, as violence surged during a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.-rh 9/3/2016
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Crimes Against the Palestinians are Finally Called ‘Crimes’Hasan Afif El-Hasan - IMEMC - "Seventy years after 1947-48 “Nakba”, the Palestinians have won a moral victory. Crimes against them are finally called “crimes”!" - id 9/3/2016
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A Moment That Changed Me: Carrying Out Kidney Transplants in GazaSalim Hammad - IMEMC - "Entering Gaza feels like gaining access to a state penitentiary; there are guards, automatic weapons, dogs, gates and the infamous wall, designed to keep the 1.85 million Gazans in, and everything else out." - id 9/3/2016
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Palestinians sue pro-Israel tycoons for $34.5bnJames Reinl - Aljazeera - A group of Palestinians has launched an ambitious $34.5bn lawsuit against United States-based tycoons, charities and firms for supporting Israeli land grabs, settlement-building and other violations of Palestinians` rights these past four decades. They seek damages from Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, Irving Moskowitz, a philanthropist with property interests in East Jerusalem, and megachurch pastor John Hagee for financing the construction of settlements on Palestinian soil.-rh 9/3/2016
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Why is Israel detaining a clown?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Writing an article about a Palestinian prisoner held in Israeli administrative detention means walking a thin line. Such prisoners are detained by the Israeli security establishment without an indictment or a trial date. In some ways, this author is quite like the prisoner, his lawyers, his family and his friends. Neither he nor they know the reason for the arrest, or what intelligence was gathered against the suspect to lead the Shin Bet to conclude that he was involved in planning a terrorist attack. And there is an even more daunting question: Why did the authorities decide to use administrative detention, a controversial tool by any standard, rather than a more transparent criminal procedure, which would allow the courts to rule on it?-rh 9/3/2016
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Austrian Parliament cancels International Women’s Day event following attacks on Hedy EpsteinAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss - So it is with profound sadness to learn that a special event, previously scheduled for today, has been canceled by the Austrian Parliament due to the deliberate slandering of Hedy Epstein, almost certainly for her support for Palestinian freedom.-rh 9/3/2016
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Nearly half of Jewish Israelis want to expel Arabs, survey showsMarissa Newman - The Times of Israel - The survey makes no distinction between Palestinian Arabs of the West Bank and citizens of Israel in its question about whether Arabs should be expelled from Israel. And yet, 48% of Jewish Israelis said they were in favor, 46% were opposed, and 6% said they didn’t know.-rh9/3/2016
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50-year-old mother of three killed after alleged stab attempt in Jerusalem`s Old CityMa`an - Israeli police officers stationed on Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem`s Old City shot and killed a Palestinian woman after she allegedly attempted to stab one of them. A witness identified the woman as 50-year-old Fadwa Ahmad Abu Teir, a mother of three from the East Jerusalem Um Tuba neighborhood. Amin Abu Ghazala, a doctor at the Palestinian Red Crescent clinic, believes that the ten minutes during which Red Crescent paramedics were prevented by Israeli forces from accessing Abu Teir could have been enough time to save her life. ak 8/3/2016
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Administrative Detention: The Shame of Israel`s High CourtAnat Matar - Ha`aretz - About 750 administrative detainees are currently sitting in Israeli jails - none of them got any help from Israel`s Supreme Court. The security forces do what they want, without oversight. Over the years, the justices of the Supreme Court have obediently approved all Administrative Detentions, as they approved home demolitions, targeted killings, school closings, the use of flechette shells, the confiscation of land, curfews and blockades. In their examination of administrative detentions, the justices frequently state that they find no grounds to intervene in decisions made by the military courts. ak 8/3/2016
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Israel under pressure to release imprisoned Palestinian clownMatt Broomfield - The Independent - Mohammad Sakha teaches circus skills to children with learning disabilities [ry] 7/3/2016
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Palestine: Dignity in the face of crueltyRichard Burgon, MP--AS AN MP, discussion of Palestine and Israel is never far away from you — in the news, in Parliament and in correspondence from members of the public. It was a privilege to visit Jerusalem and the illegally occupied territories of Palestine in the West Bank with a group of Labour MPs during the recent break in parliamentary business, in order to see for ourselves the situation on the ground.dn6/3/2016
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The West Bank Village of Wadi Foquin: Trying to SurviveZeina Azzam--The bucolic Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin, nestled in a lush valley on the West Bank, is known for its fruits and vegetables, honey, olive trees, and natural springs. Situated near the green line with Israel, it lies five miles southwest of Bethlehem. Wadi Foquin is also a village fighting for its very existence. dn6/3/2016
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Home demolitions displace 330 Palestinians in single monthNaatasha Roth--Israel demolishes 235 Palestinian structures in the West Bank in February — the highest monthly total for at least seven years.dn5/3/2016
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Netanyahu studying “deporting Palestinian attackers’ families to Gaza”PNN/ Jerusalem - "On Wednesday, Netanyahu’s office published a copy of the letter addressed to the attorney general, which read: “using this legal method will decrease the terrorist attacks against the state of Israel and its people”...Netanyahu...however said that the Judiciary system would not allow it, because it is considered as collective punishment, which is illegal in the international law." ca4/3/2016
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Authors Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon take on the Israeli occupationJessica Steinberg - Times of Israel - The group of writers, which includes Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, Dave Eggers, Geraldine Brooks, Lars Saabye Christensen, Hari Kunzru, Taiye Selasi, Jacqueline Woodson, along with local writers Ala Hlehel, Assaf Gavron, Raja Shehadeh and Nir Baram, will write their pieces following week-long visits to the West Bank and East Jerusalem.-rh2/3/2016
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Backed by the System: Abuse and Torture at the Shikma Interrogation FacilityHaMoked and B`Tselem - "Sleep deprivation, sometimes for days at a time; being bound hand and foot to a chair, with movement restricted for hours on end; being subjected to shouting, swearing, threats, spitting, and indignities; exposure to extreme cold and heat; little and substandard food; being denied the possibility to shower or change clothes for days and even weeks; incarceration in a small, foul-smelling cell, usually in solitary confinement, for many days." - id 2/3/2016
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Israeli navy attacks and seriously wounds Gaza fishermenFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "“Please let the world know what they do to our children… they shoot them, steal their boats, kill them… they leave whole families without income… this is not life."" - id2/3/2016
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Israeli Soldiers Kill Two Teens near RamallahWAFA - "At least 182, including 41 minors, have been killed by Israeli troops in the occupied Palestinian territories since the beginning of unrest in early October 2015. Over 15,200 others have been injured." - id 2/3/2016
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Palestinian killed by Israeli army during rescue mission to retrieve soldiers lost after using mobile directions app ‘Waze’ Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - In what began as a case of wrong directions, one Palestinian was killed overnight in Qalandia refugee camp in the West Bank in clashes that broke out between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli forces during an Israeli army rescue mission to retrieve two soldiers who lost their way after marking their course with the mobile directions app Waze.-rh2/3/2016
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One of the longest hunger strikes in history has come to an endMaya Oppenheim - Independent - According to the Palestinian rights organisation Addameer, Mr Qiq began his fast on 25 November in protest at the “torture and ill treatment that he was subjected to during interrogation”. In this time his health has severely deteriorated, with the journalist previously reported to be facing “immediate death”. The head of the Palestinian Prisoner`s Society, Qadura Fares, said that Mr Qiq was now allowing doctors to treat him.-rh 2/3/2016
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In Israel, racism is the law : Successive Israeli governments since 1948 are responsible for the institutionalised discrimination against PalestiniansBen White - Aljazeera - On January 3, two Palestinians were removed from an Aegean Airlines flight from Athens to Tel Aviv, after Jewish Israelis claimed that they constituted a "security risk". The incident made headlines worldwide. A month later, a Tel Aviv-based cleaning company sparked outrage with a flyer that priced its staff based on ethnicity. The story was also covered around the world.-rh2/3/2016
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FROM OCCUPATION TO ANNEXATION : THE SILENT ADOPTION OF THE LEVY REPORT ON RETROACTIVE AUTHORIZATION OF ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION IN THE WEST BANKYesh Din - A new position paper by "Yesh Din" describes how the Government of Israel (GOI) unofficially adopted the Levy Report and is working towards implementing its recommendations and legal doctrine. The position paper demonstrates how over the past three and a half years the GOI has been gradually absolving itself of its duty to act within international law, and extricating itself from its duty to protect the property of the protected Palestinian population. This is a policy of de-facto annexation, while Israel refrains from officially annexing the West Bank, a step which would require granting Palestinian residents of the West Bank citizenship and equal rights.-rh2/3/2016
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Israel’s silent war on the children of PalestineInternational Solidarity Movement, Al-Khalil team - Apartheid can be defined as any system or practice that separates people according to colour, ethnicity, etc. The structures built throughout the Palestinian territories are representative of this process of separation and the collective punishment imposed by the zionist State of Israel. Not only are the Palestinians encaged by an immoral apartheid wall built on illegal boundaries, but the young kids of the nation are being exposed to similar structures of division on a daily basis, teaching them a self image of contempt, isolation and inferiority.-rh2/3/2016
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Palestinian shot dead in Israeli raid on Qalandiya refugee campMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian and injured 12 others overnight Monday during clashes that broke out when the military raided Qalandiya refugee camp in the occupied West Bank to extricate two soldiers. The Palestinian Red Crescent identified the victim as 22-year-old Iyad Omar Sajadiyya, a journalism student at al-Quds University in Abu Dis. He was shot in the head" [ry] 1/3/2016
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20 Left Homeless by Jordan Valley DemolitionsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Israeli forces, on Monday morning, have demolished about ten facilities, including tents, barns and residential structures, in the Khillat Khader community [...], northern Jordan Valley, under the pretext of `no building permit`” [ry] 1/3/2016
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