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Life under occupation

Israeli Soldiers Raid Palm Sunday Celebration in Beit JalaIMEMC News & Agencies - "Palm Sunday celebrations in Beit Jala were brought to an abrupt end, on Sunday, when Israeli troops raided the majority-Christian town near Bethlehem and began threatening locals" [ry]30/3/2015
State to announce decision in investigation of killing of Samir ‘Awad by mid-April. B’Tselem criticizes state’s contempt of HCJ ruling and foot-dragging in caseB’Tselem - "Samir ‘Awad, 16, was killed on 15 January 2013 by gunshots fired by soldiers close to the Separation Barrier in the West Bank village of Budrus, although he posed no danger. The Military Police Investigation Unit concluded its investigation of the case and the additional investigation requested of the incident. However, although more than two years have passed since the incident, no decision has been made in the case" [ry]30/3/2015
Settlers destroy 1200 Palestinian olive trees near HebronMa`an - Al-Halayqa told Ma`an that the settlement of Asfar is located on land confiscated by Israeli authorities from Palestinian residents of al-Shuyukh, and now they hope to expand the land under their control by taking over the area where the olive trees were targeted. [bz]29/3/2015
Israel seeks to demolish Palestinian village on ‘archaeological’ groundsChaim Levinson - Haaretz - “It’s incredible, but with the settlements, it was already ruled that Sussia land is privately owned by Palestinians. Despite this, for many years the army has prohibited residents from setting up their homes in the area, and has rejected any request for construction or planning permits, in order to keep them away from the Sussia settlement and to allow the settlers to continue seizing the agricultural lands, and expel the residents to Areas A and B. “Now, after residents made great efforts and prepared plans for their village, the army continues its policy while cynically relying on planning concerns,” the residents` attorney Kamal Mishraki-Asad added. “For years, the army has forbidden water, electricity and drainage infrastructure to be built, and now claims that expelling the residents is for their own good.” [bz]29/3/2015
Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenuesAP - Ynet - State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters at a briefing the move will benefit the Palestinian people and said that having a functioning Palestinian Authority is important to stability in the West Bank. Quartet Representative to the Middle East and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair also lauded the decision, saying: "It is absolutely the right decision both for the improvement of the conditions of Palestinians on the ground and for Israel." [bz]28/3/2015
Palestinian Crashes His Car After Being Forced To Transport Soldier To YitzharSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Palestinian contacted the army and told of what happened...soldiers then managed to track the Israeli bus, stopped it, and had the young Palestinian driver identify the soldier who stopped him. Israeli army spokesperson said the military opened an investigation into the incident, and intends to move the case to the Military Prosecutor’s Office." ca 27/3/2015
WATCH: IDF fires tear gas canisters directly at protestorsNatasha Roth = +972 - " Shooting tear gas canisters directly at humans can be deadly, due to the velocity at which the canisters are fired." - id 25/3/2015
81 Palestinians Placed under Administrative Detention since Early MarchIMEMC - "Administrative detention is an archaic procedure dating back to the time of British Mandate Palestine which allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial." - id 25/3/2015
Soldiers Demolish A Well, Uproot Trees, Near JeninIMEMC - Ten military vehicles, and an armored bulldozer invaded the village before demolishing a 50-meter deep artesian well. The well provides water for agricultural lands belonging to residents of Ta’nak, Rommana, Zabbouba, Sielet al-Haretheyya, and al-Yamoun. In addition, soldiers demolished a wall, and uprooted more than ten olive trees without providing any explanation for their attack. [bz]24/3/2015
IOF Hand Eviction Threats to Lands in Si`ir, Uproot 150 Olive Trees in HebronPNN - Palestine News Network - "Soldiers delivered up to 18 evacuation notices to the population of the area south of Hebron in the last month." - id for rh 19/3/2015
Banned Israeli Weapons Lead to Rise of Cancer in GazaIMEMC - "The Palestinian Ministry of Health has revealed a sharp increase in the number of registered cases of cancer, of various types, where the infection rate in the last three years amounted to 73.1 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants." - id for rh 19/3/2015
Palestine Today, March 18, 2015George Rishmawi and Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC - "Soldiers demolished four residential structures in the Khirbit al-Mathoun village, after violently forcing the families out. The soldiers also invaded Khirbit al-Hadeediyya area, in the Northern Plains east of Tubas, and demolished a home." - id 18/3/2015
In Gaza the farmers irrigate the land with their bloodValeria Cortés - ISM - "“They kill us, they shoot the few old tractors that we have, they burn our crops and bomb our homes, while their farmers work escorted by a whole army, one of the most powerful armies in the world.”" - id 18/3/2015
Army arrests unconscious activist at Corrie commemoration (scene captured on video) Ahmad Al-Bazz/ - +972 - Soldiers tried to arrest many Palestinians but village women managed to protect most of them. Soldiers decided to arrest an unconscious Palestinian who fell while he was running away. Villagers and activists tried to convince the soldiers to release him and demanded a Palestinian ambulance, but the soldiers refused. “I know you are trying to mislead us! You will be arrested!” [bz]17/3/2015
Hares Boys: 2 Years Behind Bars Passes for Alleged Stone-throwersIMEMC News & Agencies - "Sunday marked two years since five boys, from the northern West Bank village of Hares, were taken into custody over an alleged stone-throwing incident which saw all five charged with attempted murder, despite strongly contested evidence" [ry]16/3/2015
David Shulman`s new report from South Mt, Hebron David Shulman, The Villages Group Just when I come to the conclusion that the men with guns have resigned themselves to recalcitrant ovine reality and the danger has passed, they suddenly arrest two more shepherds: Majlis Salim and Jihad Salim. The arrests are swift and brutal, with much shoving and poking. We’re too far away to be of help, but I can’t bear watching this: despair again. Is it the good despair I’ve written about, the kind that makes you act and take risks and not think about results? I doubt it. It’s a black viscous feeling that goes well with the liquid gold washing over the hill.16/3/2015
West Bank sceptical over Israeli electionsDalia Hatuqa - AlJazeera - Palestinians say the election of a new Israeli government will not change much in their lives [ry]16/3/2015
PA finance minister: We can no longer hold the pieces togetherAmira Hass--This week, the taxes and Customs duties that Israel is withholding from the Palestinian Authority reached 1.74 billion shekels ($435 million), after regular payments to Israeli hospitals, the water company, Mekorot, and Israel Electric Corp. were deducted. The taxes and customs duties — or clearance revenues — that Israel collects and is supposed to transfer to the Palestinians (for a fee of 3%) constitute roughly two-thirds of the PA’s yearly domestic revenue and three-quarters of the public sector’s wage bill. dn 14/3/2015
Gaza vegetables enter Israel for 1st time since 2007Ma`an News Agency - "Three truckloads of tomatoes and aubergines were allowed through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom goods crossing, Israeli rights group Gisha said in a statement -- the first produce in eight years to leave the coastal enclave that is home to 1.8 million Palestinians.Israel announced last week it would allow Gaza to export produce, both to help its farmers and to satisfy the religious needs of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews." ca13/3/2015
Qatar to Provide 70% of Gaza Reconstruction MaterialsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Head of the Qatari project, Mohammed al-Emadi, announced Wednesday that the status of reconstruction in Gaza is to witness a real breakthrough, noting that Qatar is to provide 70% of the needed construction materials for the projects." ca 13/3/2015
UPROOTED BY ISRAEL, ABANDONED BY THE WORLD: THE PLIGHT OF PALESTINE`S REFUGEESCHARLOTTE SILVER - EI - "Palestinians have been denied protections guaranteed to victims of war and persecution." - id for rh 12/3/2015
Israeli forces raid yet another family’s home in Tel RumeidaKhalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "The soldiers turned the house upside-down; the family watched as soldiers broke one of their cameras and stole the SD card and a hard drive." - id for rh12/3/2015
Four Palestinians Kidnapped Near RamallahSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, Nabi Saleh village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and kidnapped four Palestinians, after storming and ransacking their homes." - id 11/3/2015
Imprisoned Qassam Leader Moved Into Solitary ConfinementIMEMC - "Al-Barghouthi was supposed to undergo a tonsillectomy while in Ramon prison, but the army decided to transfer him to Nafha where he was placed in solitary confinement, in Section 4, despite various infections and sharp pain." - id 11/3/2015
Israel Demolishes Home near Tulkarm WAFA - The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) explains in a special report that “In almost all cases Palestinians have no choice but to build ‘illegally’, as permits are almost impossible to obtain.” ICAHD points out, that Israel justifies these demolitions “by stating that Palestinians are violating the zoning and planning laws and that the demolitions are merely law enforcement.” Approximately 23% of all demolitions in the occupied Palestinian Territories fall under this type of demolition, while 6% are part of a punitive policy and the remaining 47% are conducted for military and clearing reasons. [bz]9/3/2015
Israel kills fisherman and reduces Gaza`s fishing space by 2 miles: Union MEM - Amidst lack of clarity about how many nautical miles Gaza fishermen are allowed to enter with their boats, Israeli naval forces shot and killed a 34-year-old Palestinian fisherman. Two other fishermen were detained. [bz]9/3/2015
Gaza women protest in front of UNRWA headquartersMa`an - Women held placards calling on the international community to uphold its responsibilities; pressure Israel to allow reconstruction material into Gaza; calling on Fatah and Hamas to end their disunity. [bz]9/3/2015
Soldiers Uproot Farmlands In Nablus, Invade Hebron CommunitiesSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Israeli military bulldozers uprooted large areas of Palestinian farmlands, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and uprooted more than 300 Olive trees. Army invades a construction company in Hebron, and nearby towns. [bz]9/3/2015
Torture of Palestinian detainees by Shin Bet investigators rises sharplyChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Under torture, Hatib admitted to serving as a lookout for Kawasme and his accomplice, Amar Abu-Aisha, on the night of the abduction. This was a lie; the investigation showed that there was no lookout. The Shin Bet and the military prosecution did not believe Hatib, as can be seen by the indictment he was served, in which there is no mention of involvement in the abduction. (...) Information collected by Haaretz from military courts, and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. [bz]7/3/2015
Options for a non-Zionist Israeli voterOfra Yeshua Lyth “This is not something we should be discussing” is the limiting mantra that unites Israeli discourse across left and right, with the obedient complicity of the media. Debate about superfluous elections, corruption scandals, wars, verbal and personal brutality, the high cost of living and the housing crisis, extreme social gaps, the lack of compassion for the weak: all these can be understood easier when placed against the background and core principles of the Zionist state. All are linked, in one way or another, to that unique political innovation that charges a high price in return for the perks it claims to bestow on its chosen demographic. The one hundred and five Knesset seats [out of 120] reserved for the Jewish majority squabble furiously over the prime minister’s empty bottles, over the misery of incarcerated political refugees. They are, however, united – from the radical right all the way to the so-called radical left (and Zehava Galon is truly nice and sincere) – concerning the “existential” need to avoid pushing too hard for the over-democratic measures that may jeopardize the eternal existence of a secure “Jewish majority”. 7/3/2015
Who really profits from Israel`s permit regime?Haggai Matar--The number of work permits the Israeli army gives to Palestinian workers nearly tripled, a new Bank of Israel report reveals. Did all those people suddenly become less dangerous, or do the permits serve interests other than security? dn7/3/2015
Many Palestinians Injured Near HebronIMEMC & Agencies - Palestinian medical sources have reported that several Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, after Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday evening, Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron."4/3/2015
`Circus Behind the Wall`Rich Wiles - Aljazeera "Nayef Abdallah was born a refugee in Faraa refugee camp to a family who were driven from their home in Haifa during the Nakba - the events surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948 which Palestinians refer to as "the catastrophe". From such beginnings, few people would have imagined that years later he would go on to take Palestine to the world through a very non-traditional performing art." ca4/3/2015
Incident in which soldiers set dogs on Palestinian youth was part of official policyBtselem press release - A dog handler takes the dog off the leash, the dog chases a group of civilians, clamps its teeth onto a person who did not manage to escape, and holds on until the handler arrives. In some cases documented by B’Tselem, the dog refused to release the person and the dog handler had to use a taser to release his grip. Previous responses [to Btselem complaints] centered on professional mistakes made in some of the cases, according to the MAG Corps, and not on the policy of allowing dog attacks against unarmed civilians. [bz]3/3/2015
Israeli navy opens fire at Gaza fishing boats Ma`an - The Aug. 26 ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian militant groups stipulated that Israel would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza`s coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually. Since then, there have been widespread reports that Israeli forces have at times opened fire at fishermen within those new limits, and that the zone has not been expanded. [bz]2/3/2015
In the West Bank, the Kids Aren’t All RightBeth Maschinot--But lawn-mowing is not an option in the West Bank, in part because the Palestinian Authority has nominal control over some areas, but also because the presence of more than 350,000 Israeli settlers rules out a full-scale military siege. Instead, the reigning strategy appears to be mass intimidation and collective punishment of the Palestinian population, most visibly when Israel can offer a rationale. For example, in June 2014, Israel announced the official goals of Operation Brother’s Keeper: To find three kidnapped teenage settlers and then root out the parties responsible. That month, Israeli forces launched a wide sweep of the West Bank, arresting 400 Palestinians and raiding more than 1,000 homes, according to a report from the British Foreign and Commonwealth. At least six Palestinians (including two children) were killed. dn1/3/2015
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