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Life under occupation

Israeli Government Completes Plan to Impose Sovereignty on Area CIMEMC - "According to Israeli sources, the state has completed a plan, in the works since April of 2013, to impose its sovereignty over occupied Area C.Local sources say that Israel intends to put this plan into effect in November, to coincide with the Palestinian efforts in the United Nations." ca 24/10/2014
Prisoners Suffer Intolerable Health ConditionsIMEMC - "... a PPC lawyer recently stated, via press release, that 288 prisoners in ‘Eshel’ Prison suffer from health conditions which are quite severe. Another issue noted is that of the spread of bugs and insects, inside the prison." ca24/10/2014
For the Israeli media, Gazan lives are little more than expendable Haggai Matar - +972 "the Yedioth Ahronoth daily did not even report on the deaths of the family. Not a single word has been written about the bombing since. Even media outlets that initially reported on the deaths of the family members did not come back and demand answers from the army.And really, why should they demand them? It’s just another incident, after all. Another family. One of more than 70 families who were bombed in a similar fashion, some of them much larger." ca 24/10/2014
Israel confiscates 20 dunams of Palestinian land near SalfitMa`an News Agency - "Israeli bulldozers began razing 20 dunums of agricultural lands in the Palestinian village of Haris near Barqan settlement on Thursday, while locals said dozens of Israelis from the nearby Jewish settlement came to help destroy the fields." ca24/10/2014
Human Rights Defender Abdallah Abu Rahma receives guilty verdict from military courtInternational Solidarity Movement - Press Release - “Demonstrating against the occupation cannot be a criminal offence. Finding Abdallah guilty only shows that the [Israeli] military force is a tool to perpetuate the occupation.” Stated Gabi Lasky, lawyer of Abdallah Abu Rahma, to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).-rh 23/10/2014
Donor pledges not enough to rehabilitate GazaOmar Shaban - Al-Monitor - The Palestinian Authority needs at least $15 billion to properly restore Gaza’s economy, while donors have only pledged $5.4 billion for interim reconstruction.-rh 23/10/2014
Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killersAllison Deger - Mondoweiss -Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances.-rh23/10/2014
Police: Infant killed in Jerusalem attack, Palestinian driver shot Ma`an News Agency - An Israeli infant died and at least eight others were injured when a Palestinian driver slammed his car into a light rail station in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli officials said.-rh23/10/2014
For near identical crimes, an Israeli and a Palestinian’s fate couldn’t be more differentJohn Brown - +972 - A Palestinian hit-and-run suspect is sent to prison and winds up dead; a Jewish suspected of a similar but deadlier crime in the West Bank is sent home to his family.-rh 23/10/2014
Gazans at risk as winter loomsRasha Abou Jalal - Al-Monitor - Every day, Mohammed Maqadima, 14, must carry water in gallon bottles from a water tank 500 meters (546 yards) from his home in the Sha`af neighborhood east of Gaza City. This is so his mother can do the housework. He also spends hours collecting firewood for heating, with the weather getting colder as winter approaches.-rh 22/10/2014
Palestinian man successfully harvests olives for the first time in 14 yearsFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "So this year I am so happy, this year we have the permit today 20th of October and with the coordination with ISM we have managed to harvest the olives. I am so happy that I have managed for the first time to get the olives." - id22/10/2014
The Other is Nothing but a Target in the Rifle ScopeTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - After the murder of the two teenagers in Beitunia by a bored soldier and the abduction of the Muhammad Abu-Khdeir, the boy who was burnt alive, the winds in Palestine and East Jerusalem began to stir and the youngsters began holding protests more often, additional surveillance cameras were installed on the top of the tower overlooking the refugee camp and next to them were placed projectors which during all hours of the day light both the public and the privet sphere with an intrusive bright green light.-rh 22/10/2014
Homes Raided West of Ramallah, TV Cameraman AssaultedAgencies - IMEMC - "Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports that, according to witnesses, Israeli soldiers stormed the village at dawn, violently raiding dozens of houses, taking photos and checking residents` IDs." - id 22/10/2014
Israeli forces demolish 3 Jerusalem houses, leaving 23 homelessMa`an - Al-Zari said the houses and structures were built in the 80s, and that the family had been attempting to obtain the necessary permits and licenses from the Israeli civil administration for years. He said the family had paid over 150,000 shekels (about $40,000) for lawyers and engineers in order to escape demolition, "but to no avail." [bz]21/10/2014
Video: Soldiers detain developmentally-disabled child in Hebron, 19 Oct. 2014B`Tselem - Handcuffed and blindfolded, the 11-year old boy was held on the floor of an army jeep for some 15 minutes until his father arrived and convinced the soldiers to release his son, who is mentally disabled and cannot speak. [bz]21/10/2014
5-year-old Palestinian girl hit by settler car succumbs to woundsMa`an News Agency - "Einas Khalil, five, died after being hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler near the central West Bank town of Sinjil" [ry]20/10/2014
The forgotten exiles of the Church of the NativityAmira Hass--In 2002, 26 Palestinians were exiled to Gaza after an Israeli five-and-a-half-week siege on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Twelve years later, the exiles and their families are still awaiting their promised return to the West Bank, their hopes pinned on the faltering Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. dn19/10/2014
The fighting family from East JerusalemGideon Levy and Alex Levac--Tareq Issawi shows us a photograph – his daughter and two of his sons. It’s a rare shot. In recent years, the Issawi family has rarely been able to be all together: One of them is always in an Israeli prison. This photo was taken during a window of opportunity a year or so ago, one that lasted only a few weeks. Samer Issawi had been freed following his prolonged hunger strike, while Shireen and her brother Medhat had been released earlier. Now all three are again incarcerated.dn19/10/2014
Thousands Attend Funeral of Slain Palestinian ChildIMEMC - In the central West Bank village of Beit Laqiya, this Friday, thousands of people attended the funeral of 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Thursday. Further restrictions imposed on al-Aqsa Mosque have forced thousands of people into the streets of occupied East Jerusalem for Friday prayer. [bz]18/10/2014
Keep Rani Burnat RollingHelp replace Rani Burnat`s wheelchair and camera broken by Israeli soldiers in Bil`in Village, West Bank16/10/2014
AP’s veteran Gaza reporter leaves home to preserve belief in co-existenceRon Kampeas--The Gaza of Ibrahim Barzak`s youth, of weekend trips to Israeli cities, is gone, and the journalist`s sons know nothing about who is across the border. After his house was destroyed for the third time in 8 years, he knew it was time to leave. dn16/10/2014
Gaza reconstruction facing obstacles despite aidKevin Connolly - BBC News - "However quickly and completely those donor nations cough up the cash, the truth is that without some sort of political progress between Israel and the Palestinians - of which there is absolutely no sign - there is no guarantee that anything rebuilt in Gaza this year or next year won`t simply be destroyed again in the next conflict." - id 16/10/2014
Stories from Burin during the olive harvestISM - International Solidarity Movement - "Abu Ali, 40 years old: “Settlers from the settlements around us (Arusat, Brahay and Itshar) attack us while we are picking olives. We need international volunteers to help us reach our land and see the troubles the Palestinian farmers face. We don’t want our children to go through what we went through.”" - id 15/10/2014
Settlers torch mosque near NablusMa`an - A group of settlers broke the doors and windows of the Abu Baker al-Saddiq mosque and vandalized the interior with racist slogans. The settlers then set fire to part of the mosque before being chased away by Palestinian villagers. [bz]14/10/2014
Civil Administration destroys power grid in Khirbet a-Twayel, the Jordan ValleyB`Tselem - "On 29 Sept. 2014, the Civil Administration destroyed the internal power grid of the Khirbet a-Twayel shepherding community in the Jordan Valley. Civil Administration representatives sawed down dozens of electricity poles and cut the wires" [ry]13/10/2014
Watch! Occupation forces` impotence in face of settlersTaayush - Israeli police and paramilitary police treat settlers blocking road in South Hebron Hills in September 2014 with great gentleness - video. gm11/10/2014
After Years of Hamas Control, Gaza Is Scene of Palestinian Cabinet MeetingFARES AKRAM and ISABEL KERSHNER - NYT "The display of Palestinian unity was largely intended to inspire confidence ahead of an international donors’ conference for the reconstruction of Gaza, to be held in Cairo on Sunday." CA10/10/2014
Israeli Police Confiscate Identity Cards of Gaza Worshipers at AqsaMa`an News Agency - "Israeli police on Tuesday confiscated the identity cards of Palestinian worshipers from Gaza who were praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, witnesses said." CA 10/10/2014
Washington Prompts Israel to Aid in Gaza ReconstructionIMEMC News & Agencies - "The US State Department asserted, on Thursday, that Israel must contribute to Gaza`s reconstruction, following the devastating assault on the besieged coastal enclave, this past summer." ca10/10/2014
UNRWA asks for record $1.6b in aid to `rebuild Gaza` AFP - Ynet News "Ahead of donor conference to rehabilitate Strip of war with Israel, UN Palestinian body makes `largest single ask in UNRWA`s 64-year history` " ca 10/10/2014
Israel renews detention without charge of 6 Palestinian MP`sMa`an News Agency - "As of mid-September, 33 Palestinian MPs and two minister were being held in detention by Israel. The majority of the parliament members currently being held by Israel were arrested in June and July, as authorities arrested en masse any individuals related to Hamas after the disappearance of three Israelis from a Jewish-only settlement near Bethlehem.More than 7,000 Palestinians are currently being held by Israel, including around 500 in administrative detention without charge or trial." ca10/10/2014
Israel Hands Orders Against Nine Homes In BethlehemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israel largely denies construction permits to Palestinian families in their own lands in Area C (approximately 61% of the West Bank) under full Israeli military and security control. While the Palestinians are losing their lands and orchards in Area C, they are denied access to what is left of their lands that became isolated behind the Annexation Wall, and are not allowed to build." - id8/10/2014
Two arrests, three detentions and over 100 tear gas grenades used against children in Hebron since the school year beganISM - International Solidarity Movement - "“The children are having problems concentrating on their school work due to their emotional state and the stress due to the daily attacks by the occupation forces, which are continuously escalating.” Stated Hebron teacher, Shukri Zaroo." - id8/10/2014
Jordan Valley village threatened with repeated demolitionIMEMC - On Sunday Israeli soldiers entered the village of Khirbet Um al-Jimal, in the Jordan Valley east of Tubas, took photos and verbally notified the residents of the military government`s intention to demolish their homes. No a specific implementation date was given, such demolitions are usually carried out by surprise. Israeli forces have already demolished this locale several times in the past years, yet residents keep rebuilding it, refusing to leave their land. Israeli government policies aim to empty the Jordan Valley of Palestinian residents, who are mainly Bedouin, due to plans to keep the area under Israeli control. ak7/10/2014
Dozens of olive trees destroyed in West Bank in run-up to harvestElior Levy, Itay Blumenthal - Ynet - Trees destroyed in two locations in northern West Bankin suspected price tag attacks; Hebrew graffiti discovered at one site; settler leader: This is blood libel by far-left groups trying to frame us. A spokesperson from the Yesh Din organization said that, "the Palestinians were working there as part of their harvest, in full coordination with the army, when they discovered the destruction of the trees." [bz]6/10/2014
Israel’s water war crimesMuna Dajani--There is a war going on and it long predates Israel’s summer Gaza onslaught. It is a war on water, and it runs deep. For the last decade, Israel has been carrying out a systemic and willful campaign to deny Palestinians access to clean water. dn5/10/2014
Why must Gaza wait in the dark?Sam Bahour--Separating Gaza’s electricity supply from the political conflict is a step long overdue. dn5/10/2014
The dehydration of economic peaceCorey Sherman - +972 "The irony of Rawabi is that everyone, in both Israel and Palestine, seems to want it to happen. Nevertheless, Palestine’s first planned city still lacks a stable water connection, its continued cash flow is threatened and despite their best intentions, interested parties the globe-over cannot bring the project any farther forward. Officials involved in the project say a political power play — part of Netanyahu’s bid to undermine the Palestinian unity government — is the only thing stopping the water from flowing." ca3/10/2014
DCI Files Complaints on behalf of Palestinian Teens held by IsraelMa`an News Agency - "According to a 2013 report by the UN`s Children`s Fund, Israel is the only country in the world where children are systematically tried in military courts and subjected to "cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment." ca 3/10/2014
First Cabinet Meeting of Unity Govt to be held in Gaza after EidMa`an News Agency - "Hussein al-Sheikh, Minister of Civil Affairs, told Ma`an that the meeting is an important indicator of the agreement last week between Fatah and Hamas to let the unity government take control of Gaza.It will also show Palestinians that the unity government is ready to provide services to citizens in Gaza, he added." ca 3/10/2014
If talks fail, Hamas says it will not return to warAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - “The failure of negotiations in Cairo and not lifting the blockade could lead to another war, even though we do not want this. I think that the Israelis do not want to see this war happen again,” said Abu Marzouk.-rh 2/10/2014
Violence and detention of children in HebronInternational Solidarity Movement - “Around three young boys ran towards the checkpoint and threw stones towards the armed Israeli soldiers. They then fired a tear gas grenade towards the the children walking to school, forcing them to run through clouds of gas. This continued for around 40 minutes, with several more children throwing stones and two more tear gas grenades being fired.-rh1/10/2014
Newsletter 22 Sep. 2014B`Tselem - Israel’s last military operation in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, ended over a month ago. In the course of the fighting, B’Tselem received reports of grave harm to civilians. In some cases, Israel violated international humanitarian law; in many others, breaches of the law are suspected.-rh1/10/2014
Abbas makes last-ditch effort to win Palestinian independenceDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is possibly making his last effort to try to bring about an independent state. The odds are against him, but he has a plan and he appears to be set to giving it his last best shot.-rh 1/10/2014
Army Kidnaps 10 Palestinians In West BankSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "....the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs and concussion grenades." - id 1/10/2014
Al-Ahmad: “Resolution For Ending Occupation Needs Nine Votes, No Veto`Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - According to Azzam al-Ahmad of the Fateh Central Committee, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN is holding extensive talks with various countries, due to last two to three weeks, in advance of presenting a draft Security Council resolution to end the occupation. To pass, it needs at least nine votes in favor and no veto by a Permanent Member. Should the US veto the resolution, the Palestinians would use other options such as filing applications to join more UN institutions and treaties, asking the UN to grant the occupied state of Palestine an active member status, and demanding international protection by implementing the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory. ak30/9/2014
Israeli settlers `occupy 23 homes` in East Jerusalem neighborhoodMa`an - Israeli settlers early Tuesday occupied 23 houses in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan south of the Old City of Jerusalem, a local information center said. Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a statement that "settlers of the Elad (Ir David) Association" stormed Silwan at 1:30 a.m. escorted by Israeli soldiers and forcibly evicted the residents (...). [bz]30/9/2014
Israel Demolishes 5-story Residential in Abu DisIMEMC - Five Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by Israeli forces, surrounded a five-story building in Abu Dis, Monday post midnight, and began demolitions at around 1:40 a.m. Muatasim Adilah, owner and lecturer at Al-Quds University, said that he and his family were ordered to leave the building without being allowed to remove any belongings. Three of the five floors were destroyed, while the two remaining floors were left uninhabitable. Mr. Adilah stated that the first two floors were built in 1959 while affirming that an additional three floors were constructed several years ago after obtaining a license from the Palestinian Authority. [bz] 30/9/2014
Battle for Justice in Palestine – Book Review Jim Miles - The Palestine Chronicle - "In the preface, Abunimah indicates that the Palestinians are winning – not necessarily on the ground where settlements, annexation, blockades, and military rule remains – but winning in the general knowledge of the world from the impact of the BDS movement. The real indicator to this are the many methods and great amount of money and time that is being used to discredit the BDS movement in particular within the U.S" [ry]29/9/2014
Cop who beat US-Palestinian teen says he felt his life was in danger Lazar Berman - The Times of Israel - 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir had his face covered, wouldn’t release weapon in his hands, policeman says [ry]29/9/2014
The Girl with the Doll Tamar Fleishman--The girl with the doll, her mother and her two sisters, one of which was burning up with fever and kept crying each time she saw a soldier, weren’t permitted to pass through the checkpoint and head home to Abu- Gosh. dn28/9/2014
Gaza: Inspiring new forms of resistance? Pam Bailey--Gaza`s `war artists` adapt to occupation by using technology to create and share. dn28/9/2014
Number of administrative detainees highest since 2008Ma`an - Dozens of detainees have been transferred to administrative detention over the past three weeks, while the detention of 70 other prisoners has been extended. [bz]27/9/2014
How the army helps settlers establish illegal outpostsYossi Gurvitz - +972 "In the mid-1990s, the Israeli government decided not to establish new settlements unless they were approved by the entire government. Since then the phenomenon of the “outposts” has developed. An outpost is the result of the seizure of land that is ostensibly private and unauthorized, but enjoys the de facto support of the authorities, including generous support from government sources. This tool is used by settlers to seize Palestinian or public land. This process was described in extensive detail both in a report prepared by Attorney Talia Sasson and in the Yesh Din report “The Road to Dispossession.” In recent years the emphasis has been on expanding and approving existing outposts, rather than on establishing new ones." ca26/9/2014
`I want to prove my son was killed in Israeli jail`Gideon Levy&Alex Levac - Haaretz "On September 9, Jaabari was moved from Ofer to the Eshel facility in the Negev. It’s not clear what happened, but at about noon that day the family learned from the media that Raed had died in prison. No one bothered to inform them about the death or explain the circumstances. Not until that evening did someone from the Israel Police station in Hebron call them, to ask permission to perform an autopsy. The request was granted." ca26/9/2014
Abbas UN Speech To Include Bid For Ending OccupationIMEMC & Agencies - IMEMC "He said his speech would outline a “vision" the Palestinian leadership will be taking and acting upon, in order to end the occupation and achieve independence. Abbas intends to deliver his speech and plan at noon on Friday during the UN General Assembly`s 69th general debate which started on September 23." ca 26/9/2014
Palestinian babies not included on Israel gov’t list of most popular namesIra Glunts - Mondoweiss - On Sunday, the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority declared that during the past year the most popular male names given children were Yosef, followed by Daniel and Ori. The top female names were Tamar, Noa and Shira. This was reported in the English edition of the Ha’aretz news website. What neither the English article nor the government announcement mentioned was that Arabic names were excluded from the survey-rh25/9/2014
New Palestinian film shuns stereotypesDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Now, however, a new cadre of Palestinian filmmakers is trying to show the complexity of Palestinian life, and therefore Palestinians` humanity. Filmmakers such as Michel Khleifi, Elia Suleiman, Hany Abu Assad, Azza el Hassan, Suha Arraf, Raed, Saed Andoni and others have portrayed much more nuanced and complex visions of Palestinian life under occupation.-rh 25/9/2014
Hundreds of Gaza children permanently disabled by this summer’s conflictLena Odgaard - Aljazeera - This summer’s 51 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas took a heavy toll on Gaza’s children, killing 501, according to U.N. figures. It injured an additional 3,374, and though the bombs have stopped, hundreds of those children, just like Louay and Odai, face an uncertain future as disabled.-rh25/9/2014
Two Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces lead to clashes with over 30 injured Khalil Team - ISM - "The soldiers used tear gas canisters and live ammunition bullets during the clashes, with numerous injuries including a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head and is now in a critical condition in hospital." - id24/9/2014
Israeli forces re-open Aqsa compound after heavy clashes Ma`an News Agency - Hundreds of Palestinian Muslim worshipers were allowed to access the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on Wednesday at noon after being prevented from entering the Muslim holy site the day before and in the morning.-rh 24/9/2014
Gaza: Inspiring new forms of resistance? Gaza`s `war artists` adapt to occupation by using technology to create and share.Pam Bailey - Aljazeera - During what will likely become known as the "Third Great War On Gaza", whitewashed by Israel with its own name, "Operation Protective Edge", there was literally a field of resilient blades of grass - artists fighting back against injustice with their creativity. And in their own way, they are continuing a time-honoured tradition, following in the footsteps of other "war artists" around the world, from Francisco Goya to Pablo Picasso.-rh24/9/2014
The Guardian view on the human, economic and political costs of the Gaza war : The kidnapping and murder of three Israeli boys was a horrendous crime, but it need not have led to warThe Guardian - Editorial - Having decided that Hamas was to blame, Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, seems to have seen an opportunity to destabilise the just-created Palestinian national unity government, which had brought together Hamas and Fatah, and to undermine Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. The Israelis charged through the West Bank picking up hundreds of Hamas members.-rh24/9/2014
Will Abbas walk the walk on his threats to Israel?Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will present his plan to end the Israeli occupation at the UN General Assembly, with PA officials warning they will launch a political campaign against Israel should the plan be rebuffed.-rh 24/9/2014
Gaza Hospital Hygiene Workers Announce 3 Day StrikeAgencies - IMEMC - "An official has warned against the collapse of the health sector in the Gaza Strip, due to the lack of an operating budget." - id 24/9/2014
Israel forces Gaza fishermen to undress in attack violating ceasefire dealJoe Catron - The Electronic Intifada - "“They have everything: the boat, the nets and the fish.” Zayid, whose family owned the craft and equipment, estimated the cost of replacing them at $2,300." - id 24/9/2014
Cairo talks to go on in spite of Hebron killings Ma`an - The Palestinian negotiating team had been headed to the Cairo headquarters of Egyptian intelligence, which mediates indirect talks with Israel, when they learned of the Hebron kiling of two Palestinians accused of the murder of three Israeli teenagers earlier this year. Islamic Jihad leader Khalid al-Batsh said that "the Israeli occupation carried out the assassination in Hebron in a deliberate attempt "to thwart indirect ceasefire talks, aimed at ending Palestinian suffering". Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahhar said the talks would go ahead, a decision taken "in consultation with Hamas officials both in Gaza and abroad". 23/9/2014
Family held at gunpoint as Israel arrests another Palestinian rights defenderCharlotte Silver - Electronic Intifada - Ayman Nasser, 44, is a longtime human rights activist. In addition to his work with Ramallah-based Addameer, Nasser is the co-founder of the Handala Educational Center in Saffa, which focuses on arts, athletics and education. He has worked with Addameer since 2008. [bz]23/9/2014
Rearrested Shalit Swap Detainees Announce Hunger StrikeIMEMC - 63 Palestinian prisoners rearrested this year, after being released in the 2011 Shalit swap deal, have announced that they would go on hunger strike in order to pressure the Palestinian delegation in Cairo to negotiate with Israel for their release. ak 23/9/2014
Arrested on the way to school in Bil`in, on Sept. 14ISM - A military Judge ruled that 15 year-old Ibrahim Abu-Rahma could be released on bail. Now, the Bil`in popular committee tries to find the 5000 NIS needed to pay the bail money. Please donate. Any amount helps. 23/9/2014
2 Killed, 3 Injured by Unexploded Israeli Ordnance in Shujaiyya The Palestine Chronicle - “In mid-August, six people were killed in a similar explosion, and watch groups have warned that the ordnance is a particular threat to children, who often think the bombs are toys” [ry]22/9/2014
Several Injuries Reported As Army Invaded BethlehemIMEMC & Agencies - "Palestinian medical sources have reported, on Sunday evening, that one Palestinian was shot and many suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, during clashes with Israeli soldiers invading Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem" [ry]22/9/2014
Rawabi still controversial among PalestiniansAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor " We support construction and the rights of our people to benefit from such projects, provided that they support the struggle of the people and do not work with the occupation’s projects.” The controversy over Rawabi city will likely continue after its inauguration." ca 19/9/2014
Cabinet due to again approve controversial section of West Bank barrierNir Hasson - Haaretz "A legal battle over the construction of the barrier has been waged for the past seven years. Among the opponents of the barrier are the residents of Batir, who maintain that the barrier will destroy both the landscape and their unique traditional irrigation system, the residents of the Gush Etzion bloc, who are opposed to a fence in the area, the parks authority and the Friends of the Earth organization. " ca19/9/2014
Army To Demolish A Car Repair Structure Near BethlehemIMEMC & Agencies - IMEMC "Israel continuously limits the ability of the Palestinians to build in their lands, in areas that are under direct Israeli military and security control in the occupied West Bank, but continues to build and expand Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank, and Jerusalem." ca 19/9/2014
Resource: How the Shin Bet holds Gazans` health ransomPHR 2008 report - +972 "The practice of leveraging Gazans’ access to health care in order to get intelligence information out of them has been documented in the past. Six years earlier, in 2008, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR-I) put out a detailed report on the practice, including testimonies from Palestinians whom the Shin Bet demanded information from in exchange for permission to enter Israel to receive needed medical care.+972 is republishing the report here in order to explain in greater detail exactly what the reserve intelligence officers are describing." ca19/9/2014
Gaza: Life amid the rubbleYolande Knell - BBC News - More than 400,000 of Gaza`s residents were displaced by Israel`s recent 50-day military operation. Some 18,000 homes were also destroyed and many more were damaged. One of the worst affected neighbourhoods was Shejaiya, near the eastern border, where the Israeli military says it targeted Palestinian militants and their tunnels.-rh18/9/2014
Victory for Khalida Jarrar!Samidoun - With steadfastness and resistance, and the campaign of thousands in Palestine and around the world who have stood with Khalida Jarrar, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Jarrar today achieved victory and the end of the expulsion order to Jericho placed upon her by Israeli occupation authorities.-rh18/9/2014
Gaza ceasefire proving once again to be part of the ‘occupation game’Pam Bailey - Mondoweiss - This lukewarm truce in Gaza is part of a long, boringly consistent pattern. A 2009 study that tracked patterns of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza over the course of eight years revealed that unlike what Western mainstream media coverage of the conflict suggests, Israel violates the vast majority of ceasefires first.-rh18/9/2014
Summary of 2013 data: 199 invatigations into criminal offences by IDF soldiers against Palestinians - only 6 led to indictmentsYesh Din - Yesh Din and B`Tselem áöìí, two Israeli human rights organizations, declared today that the military law enforcement system is a complete failure and that the data shows Israel is unwilling to improve it, and as a result - is unwilling to conduct thorough and proper investigations of harm caused to Palestinians by the Israeli military forces.17/9/2014
After the CeasefireOmar Robert Hamilton - London Review of Books - On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following.-rh17/9/2014
There is nothing static about the West Bank "status quo"Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Netanyahu’s government treats all “state land” in the West Bank as if it already belongs to Israel, as opposed to land under dispute. For Israel it’s actually better than annexed land: projects that would take an arduously long time to plan and execute under the civilian planning system in Israel proper can materialize in a matter of months under the IDF military regime in the West Bank.-rh17/9/2014
Israeli Court: “Army At Fault In Killing Palestinian Driver”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The slain Palestinian left behind a wife and five children; the oldest of them is 12." - id17/9/2014
Israeli government plans to forcibly relocate 12,500 Bedouin Amira Hass - Haaretz - Concentrating the [West Bank] Bedouin into a few permanent towns represents the culmination of a 40-year process of limiting their pasturage, restricting their migrations and refusing to let them build permanent homes in places where they have lived for decades. [bz]16/9/2014
Israeli police arrest 22 Palestinians in East JerusalemMa`an - Five minors were interrogated for several hours and then released on house arrest - Muhammad Khaled Abd al-Razzaq, 12, Mutaz Shweiki, 13, Ashraf Ghaith, 14, Muhammad Younis Abd al-Razzaq, 14, and Marwan Alwat, 14. The arrests brought to 700 the number of arrests in East Jerusalem since July. [bz]16/9/2014
Army Cuts Electricity to Kufr Qaddum, 6 Villagers Dependant on Oxygen Machines EvacuatedIMEMC - The deliberate power cut Thursday night was an added rage to the weekly Friday demonstration in Kufr Qaddum. A resident explained that the village electricity comes form the illegal Qedumim settlement and that “somebody decided to press the button and cut the supply to the whole village.” [bz]16/9/2014
Israel jailed influential Palestinian writer `to remove him from society`Patrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "“Administrative detention is one of the most difficult of Israel’s tactics because prisoners have nothing but uncertainty. They never know when or if they will go home, and neither do their families.” - id 16/9/2014
Two Hebron Children Hospitalized After Settlers’ AttackAgencies - IMEMC - "The settlers started organizing provocative tours, each Saturday evening, in different parts of the Old City of Hebron, under heavy Israeli military presence, and frequently attack the Palestinians. Some 800 Israeli settlers live in the city of Hebron, and around 250.000 Palestinians." - id 14/9/2014
42 Wounded Children From Gaza Arrive In Germany For TreatmentSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The wounded children were received in Germany, in an official ceremony held by the Palestinian Embassy in Berlin, the Palestinian Community in the country, representatives of the Friedensdorf Foundation and representatives of German Hospitals who will be providing the children with the needed medical treatment." ca 12/9/2014
Autopsy Reveals Slain Detainee Died Of Extreme TortureSaed Bannoura - IMEMC " Issa Qaraqe’, head of the Detainees’ Committee at the Palestinian Authority, stated that detainee Raed Abdul-Salaam al-Ja’bari, 37, died after being severely and repeatedly tortured by Israeli interrogators.Qaraqe’ accused Israel of committing two main crimes against al-Ja’bari by alleging he hanged himself in his cell, and by trying to falsify and hide the leading cause of death, which is extreme and brutal torture." ca12/9/2014
Palestinians condemn plan to forcibly transfer thousands of BedouinsMa`an News Agency - "Palestinian Minister of Agriculture Shawqi al-Ayasa said in a statement that the six Israeli plans publicized this week would have serious negative impacts on Palestinian society and would severely harm the Bedouin way of life, "shaking the economic and social structure of the Palestinian community." ca 12/9/2014
We Just Want to LiveTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - There is also no statistics that take under account the young men who left their homes in Hebron in seek of work in Jerusalem, or as they call it: “to bring bread to the children”, and got caught by the border police who drove them and dumped them at the checkpoint like an object of no use. They also just want to live.-rh 10/9/2014
`Police threaten to destroy memorial for slain Palestinian teen, Mohammed Abu Khdeir`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - Israel Police on Sunday threatened to destroy a memorial for murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive by several Israeli Jews on July 2, according to Tamar Fleishman, an Israeli activist who met with the Abu Khdeir family on Sunday. Mohammed’s father, Hussein, reportedly said police instructed him to dismantle it or they would.-rh10/9/2014
Palestinian Killed By Israeli Army Fire Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - " Issa Salem al-Qatari, 22 years of age, was preparing for his wedding that was planned for next week." - id 10/9/2014
Army incursions into MadamaNablus team - ISM - "...they insisted that we could not take pictures of individual soldiers."..."“If what you are doing is right, why do you hide your faces?”"..."They also promised us trouble by the immigration authorities when leaving the country." - id 10/9/2014
`Police threaten to destroy memorial for slain Palestinian teen, Mohammed Abu Khdeir`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - As clashes and riots break out over the death of another Palestinian teen shot by Israel police, authorities order the family of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive this summer, to dismantle their memorial. [bz]9/9/2014
IDF demolished 9 structures in Rahwa Operation Dove - Israeli soldiers entered into the tiny Palestinian village of Rahwa, South Hebron Hills, and demolished three houses, three animal shelters and three toilets. All the demolished structures were built with simple materials. Ar-Rawha is located in area C and has no access to electricity, to the water pipeline and to any kind of facilities and services - which are plentifully provided to nearby Israeli settlements. 9/9/2014
Jerusalem clashes after teen`s funeralMa`an - Israeli forces attacked the funeral procession of slain Jerusalem teenager Abd al-Majid Sinokrot after mourners marched from his hometown of Wadi Joz to the al-Aqsa mosque on Monday. Jerusalem has been rocked by protests for two days after news broke that the teenager died from injuries sustained when he was shot. [bz]9/9/2014
Israeli forces detain 4 Gaza fishermenMa`an - Last Tuesday, fishermen told Ma`an Israeli forces fired at them with machine guns while they were fishing well within the six-mile limit near Rafah, in an apparent breach of the ceasefire deal. The Israeli army confirmed the incident at the time but said only warning shots had been fired and that the fishermen were further than six miles from shore. [bz]9/9/2014
VIDEO: Seven-year-old Violently Detained, One Child and Two Adults ArrestedISM - IMEMC - A teacher, Abd al-Aziz Hmad Rjob, from the UN school was forced into a headlock as he was trying to intervene with the crying seven-year old. He was also dragged up the road where he was arrested. [bz]9/9/2014
Who are Israel`s Palestinian informants? Mohammed Omer--Israel relies on information provided by a network of Palestinian collaborators. But how does the system really work? dn7/9/2014
Palestinians march across West Bank against Israeli occupationMa`an - In Wadi Fukin protesters headed toward lands in the eastern part of the village that are under threat of confiscation [under the latest 4000 dunam land grab] and started planting olive tree saplings, but were subsequently assaulted by Israeli soldiers. [bz]6/9/2014
Israel Announces Bids For The Construction Of Settlement Units Near RamallahSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Israeli government announced, Thursday, bids for the construction of 283 units in an illegal settlement, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah." ca5/9/2014
Wadi SimsimDavid Shulman - The Villages Group - Suhail has the sun-scorched face of a south Hebron shepherd. Deep eyes. A certain natural, visible goodness, an ease of being and speaking. He knew today was going to be hard because already at 5AM he saw, from his tent, how the soldiers turned up in their jeeps. We left Jerusalem at 6, when it was barely light, and by 7 we had climbed down the fierce slope of Zanuta and made our rendezvous.-rh4/9/2014
ACTION ALERT: Take action for the immediate release of Dr. Yousef Abdul HaqSamidoun - Dr. Yousef was taken from his home at approximately 02:30am and transferred to Huwwara Military Camp, just south of Nablus city. 7 days later Dr. Yousef appeared before an Israeli Military Court where a Judge consented to Dr. Yousef’s detention, without charge, for 4 months.-rh4/9/2014
Did Israel commit war crimes in Rafah?Karin Laub and Ibrahim Barzak - The Christian Science Monitor - A Palestinian rights group argues that the Israeli army violated the rules of war, which include giving adequate warning to civilians, using proportionate force and distinguishing between civilians and combatants. Unlike in many other Gaza battles, civilians were caught by surprise by the sudden fire and sealed exits.-rh4/9/2014
Gazans reject Israel`s calls to disarmRasha Abou Jalal - Al-Monitor - Palestinians believe it`s necessary that the Palestinian resistance remains armed as long as the Israeli occupation persists in the Palestinian territories. They are convinced that the resistance`s disarmament will lead to further losses of their rights.-rh 3/9/2014
Israelis unsure whether they won or lost in GazaJonathan Cook - The View from Nazareth - In late July, as Israel launched its ground offensive, Netanyahu’s approval ratings stood at 82 per cent. Days before the current ceasefire took effect on 26 August, that figure had slumped to 55 per cent.-rh 3/9/2014
Honor the victims: Avoid past mistakes in reconstructing Gaza Omar Shaban - Ma`an News Agency - should efforts focus on reconstruction and renovation or on building and development? In post-World War II Japan, for instance, the question was: Do we focus on mending what the war destroyed or on building new foundations? The right approach lies in successfully combining the two. But beyond international experience there are specific lessons to learn from past efforts in Gaza, especially given that they have not been successful in putting Gaza back on its feet, and that is putting it mildly.-rh 3/9/2014
Tens of thousands remain homeless in GazaJoe Catron - The Electronic Intifada - "On Sunday, 58,071 people still lived in 36 UN schools across the coastal enclave, according to Chris Gunness, spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees." - id 3/9/2014
Homeless Gazans Need 5,000 CaravansIMEMC - News & Agencies - "See -- "VIDEO: Gaza City`s Devastated Al-Shuja`eyya Suburb"" - id 3/9/2014
Palestinian Killed By Army Fire Near QalqiliaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israeli sources claimed the slain man "tried to speed through the roadblock", allegedly to ram the soldiers with his car, before the soldiers shot him." - id 3/9/2014
Soldiers Kidnap 17 Palestinians In JeninSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, ‘Anza village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, broke into and ransacked several homes, and kidnapped 17 Palestinians" [ry]2/9/2014
Mixed results in post-war Gaza opinion poll The latest results in the survey conducted Dr. Nabil Kukali in Gaza Strip revealed the following key results: 72.5% are worried about another military confrontation with Israel; 54.9% believe that the Israeli deterrence has receded; 52.6% support the resumption of the peace negotiations with Israel; 51.3% highly rated the extent of the media coverage; 77.6% believe that Israel has been painfully beaten by the Palestinian militants. ak 1/9/2014
Israeli forces shoot, critically injure Jerusalem teenMa`an - Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, from Wadi al-Joz suffered a fractured skull after being shot. The teenager was speaking on his mobile phone while walking to a nearby mosque for late evening prayers when he was hit, in what his father said was an unprovoked attack. [bz]1/9/2014
Israel seizes PA tax revenuesMa`an - Israel has seized some 200 million shekels ($55 million) from monthly tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. The Israelן move was allegedly in order to cover unpaid debts Palestinian debts, espקcially over electricity. The seizure will jeopardize the PA`s ability to pay civil servant salaries in Gaza. On Sunday, senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq said an agreement was reached between Hamas and PA officials to pay salaries on Wednesday, but that looks to be unlikely given Israel`s seizure of PA funds. A senior Palestinian official said that The move by Israel is a deliberate attempt to create obstacles for the Palestinian unity government. The Israeli minister directly concerned in the move is Finance Minister Lapid, the same who made a positive-sounding statement regarding Gaza. ak1/9/2014
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