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Life under occupation

The fraud that is the Temple Mount movementLarry Derfner--Following the murder attempt on Yehuda Glick, the claim is being made – and getting a more sympathetic hearing than usual – that he and his colleagues have been leading a civil rights movement for Jews. Don’t believe it. dn1/11/2014
Meet the Israelis Picking Palestinian OlivesPalestine Chronicle--(IRIN) It is still dark when the minibus rolls into Jerusalem, picking up Israelis bound for occupied Palestinian land. Their leader, a rabbi, dons a shawl and quietly prays in the back seat. dn1/11/2014
Neglect, provocation feed East Jerusalem unrestShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - “NGOs like Lehava, El’ad and Ateret Cohanim buy houses in sensitive, even strategic, areas of the neighborhood. Even when the purchase is legal, members of these NGOs move into the houses with great fanfare and parades, irritating the Arab residents with provocations, that here they come to ‘Jewify’ Arab Silwan.-rh 30/10/2014
Fatah’s Revolutionary Council grapples with growing issuesAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - The last meeting of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council held in Ramallah on Oct. 18-19 and presided over by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas enjoyed exceptional importance, distinguishing it from previous meetings. This meeting discussed vital internal and external issues related to the relationship with Israel, the future of bilateral negotiations, the fate of reconciliation with Hamas and the consensus government, as well as the settlement of Fatah’s internal dispute with Mohammed Dahlan’s movement.-rh 29/10/2014
Israeli restrictions on movement strangle Palestinian lifeDaoud Kuttab - Ma`an News Agency - But for many Palestinians living in the besieged homeland, the right to movement guaranteed in the University Declaration of Human Rights (Article 13) is just ink on paper.-rh29/10/2014
Government must take responsibility for Jerusalem terrorShimon Shiffer - Ynet News - I would like to suggest that all those who are responding, from the prime minister to the very last minister, stop babbling. Take responsibility.-rh 29/10/2014
House Demolition in Umm al-Kheir October 27 2014Erella and Ehud - These last actions are part of an ongoing wave of house demolitions carried out by the Israeli Civil Administration and Army that seek to drive out the inhabitants of the western parts of Umm al Kheir that have been living there for more than sixty years. The main cause for these actions is the proximity of Um Al Kheir to Karmel, the Israeli settlement that was built some thirty years ago.-rh 29/10/2014
The Genius Of Israeli Evil: It Poses As ConcernAmira Hass - Information Clearing House - Our compassionate and generous army allows tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank to work their land for only three or four or five days per year in order to protect them from attacks by Israelis, colonizers, settlers – in short, Jews. For the rest of the year, the land is a mirage.-rh 29/10/2014
Jerusalem, the Capital of Apartheid, Awaits the UprisingGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - When the next wave of terror emerges from the alleys of East Jerusalem, Israelis will pretend to be astonished and furious. But the truth must be told: Despite Wednesday’s shocking incident, the Palestinians are turning out to be one of the most tolerant nations in history. Mass arrests, violent settlers, deprivation, expulsion, neglect, dispossession — and they remain silent, except for the recent protest of the stones.-rh 29/10/2014
Israel denies barring Palestinians from busesBy AFP and Times of Israel staff - The Times of Israel "B’Tselem, a rights group affiliated with the left, accused the defense minister of succumbing to pressure from settler groups, and charged that the order was intended to create segregated Jewish-only bus routes...Some Jewish settler leaders have lobbied for such a move, claiming that Jewish passengers feel uncomfortable riding alongside the Palestinians as both return to their West Bank homes at day’s end." ca 29/10/2014
Children pay with their lives in Palestinian-Israeli tensionsBen Brumfield - CNN "In Ramallah, Palestinians are angry and are expected to take their grief to the streets marching beside the casket of Orwa Hammad, 14, whose father lives in New Orleans, where he also spent a year, according to The Times-Picayune newspaper." ca29/10/2014
Official: Unilateral Israeli actions will lead to `explosion`Ma`an News Agency - "The announcement by Israel`s housing minister, Uri Ariel, who is already a settler, of his intent to occupy a seized Palestinian home in Silwan is just another shocking reminder of Israel`s accelerating efforts to forcibly displace Palestinians from Jerusalem and turn the Holy City of three faiths into an exclusive Jewish city."... Erekat also urged divestment from all companies linked directly or indirectly to the "Israeli occupation, colonization, and Apartheid policies." ca 29/10/2014
900 Palestinians Detained in East Jerusalem Alternative Information Center - IMEMC - Israel has detained 900 Palestinians from East Jerusalem and pressed charges against 300 of them since the July 2 murder of East Jerusalem teen Mohammad Abu Khdeir, according to Israel`s public security minister as reported by the settler-affiliated news site Arutz 7. [bz]28/10/2014
Samra Popular School threatened with demolitionJordan Valley Solidarity has been working with this small farming community to build a local school (...) of mud bricks that could be used for the children of Samra, Al Hadidiya, Mak-hul, Humsa and Ein al Hilwa. These are farming communities which have been subject to repeated harassment and attack from settlers and the occupation forces. The Palestinian families in all these communities are forced to live in makeshift shelters and tents, and are repeatedly subjected to the destruction of their homes, or evacuated so the occupation forces can carry out military training exercises on their land. They have no electricity and currently have no running water. ak28/10/2014
Continuous invasions by settlers spoil the joy of Palestinians’ olive harvestAmira Hass--A once-annual visit is all the villagers of Deir al-Hatab get to see whether squatters have invaded their land. dn26/10/2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Army Kidnaps 10 Palestinians In West BankSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "....the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs and concussion grenades." - id 1/10/2014
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
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
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