|Life under occupation|
|Today`s News from the Occupation||Xinhua - Palestinians death toll in southern Gaza Strip hit to
; IRIN/EI - Gaza`s medical lifeline cut by border closures; Amira Hass- Haaretz - Palestinian cardiologist treating patients in the U.S. may
not be allowed to come home
; Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Army invades Tubas, Jenin, and the village of Tammoun, takes three prisoners
; Amira Hass- Haaretz - Palestinians wait in vain for taken ID`s
; Ma`an - Israel planning to launch a massive attack on the Gaza Strip||31/10/2006|
|Briefing to the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East ||Alvaro de Soto - UN Special Coordinator - "Since June 25 Israeli operations have killed 295 Palestinians, including 66 children, and injured 1,113 others. However, neither these intensive operations nor continuing diplomatic efforts have led either to the release of the captured soldier, or to the cessation of indiscriminate rocket attacks, which have injured 20 Israelis since 25 June. Israel’s policy of near-blanket closure of Gaza continues"||31/10/2006|
|`National` weapons in Nablus ||Amira Hass - Haaretz - "...three young men who presented themselves as gun dealers...
They said the usual things - that the weapons and munitions in Nablus (and the West Bank in general) came from Israel, and that there were many ways to smuggle them despite the barricades and roadblocks."||31/10/2006|
|Young Palestinians. Young Israelis||Text: Aya Kaniuk, video: Tamar Goldschmidt. Link to machsanmilim.com - Reports from the West bank. [GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR ENGLISH TEXT.] "They raise their shirts, then turn around, then hold their breath. Sometimes their mouths tighten, their faces flush with embarrassment..."||31/10/2006|
|Strangling Gaza will not make Israel safer||Mona El-Farra -- IMEU -- "Is Israel`s economy threatened by Gaza`s impoverished fishermen, who are banned from fishing beyond 100 yards from the seacoast, or by its struggling farmers whose orchards are bulldozed? Do Israelis eat better knowing that one million Palestinians are on the verge of starvation? Will destroying Gaza`s infrastructure, its schools, its hospitals, its small businesses bring Israel lasting peace? Does killing our children somehow make Israeli children safer?"||30/10/2006|
|Music therapy: The pied piper of Balata||Donald Macintyre -- The Independent -- The Palestinian children of the West Bank grow up amid the sounds of guns and bombs. But a project inspired by Professor Nigel Osborne is determined to help them listen to a different tune||30/10/2006|
|Palestinian students the latest victims of the Israeli arrest campaign ||Mustafa Sabre -- PNN -- "While some Palestinian students face fear of arrest, others have been banned from travelling altogether. Many promising students accepted to Jordanian and other Arab universities have had to postpone their enrollment until Israeli authorities allow them to travel"||29/10/2006|
|Ramadan Ended! Now What?||Dana Shalash -- The Palestine Chronicle -- "Few minutes ago, I surfed some of the blogs and came across few Iraqi bloggers writing on both Ramadan and Eid. If the titles did not mention `in Iraq,` I swear I could never tell the difference between Iraq and Palestine. The hunger, misery, constant killing, and lack of security are all Palestinian symptoms"
|Troops bar residents from reaching their homes in Hebron||Saed Bannoura -- IMEMC & Agencies -- "Hisham Al Azza, said that soldiers stationed in the neighborhood placed barbed wires on the road leading to his house, the house of his brother and several Palestinians houses, after the settlers repeatedly threatened to attack the houses if the road remains opened"||29/10/2006|
|Death waits for no one in Balata refugee camp||Mohamed Farraj - The Electronic Intifada - "Skipper now lies in the graveyard with his friends and the other victims of the occupation...This, it dawned on me, was the cycle of conflict. One goes and another one rises to his place. "||28/10/2006|
|International visitors` / activists` reports from the Occupied territories||ISM - "Settlers annex and destroy more land in Susiya"; M. Phillips - EI - "Why I came to Nablus, despite my family`s pleas to stay away";
Jan Benvie - CPT - "Reflection: Strangers in my home"||28/10/2006|
|Twilight Zone / What`s for dinner? ||Gideon Levy - Haaretz - on daily life of the Gaza poor.||28/10/2006|
|Today`s news from the Occupation||IMEMC: Saed Bannours - Troops bar residents from reaching their homes in Hebron; Soldiers take three senior P.A officials prisoner in Ramallah; Child injured after Israeli settler attack on olive harvesters near Bethlehem; Army invades several villages west of Jenin ; Army closes a gate in the wall and stops farmers from reaching their lands near Tulkarem
Army detains scores of residents in the rain, near Tubass ||28/10/2006|
|Israel Prisoner Treatment Condemned||Palestine Chronicle-"Israel`s arbitrary and disproportionate policy not only infringes the right to family visits, it also results in violation of other rights and principles of international humanitarian and human rights law," ||27/10/2006|
|Eid in Tel Rumeida||ISM Hebron - "The man was taken across the street next to the first man who was still being detained. He stood against a wall, but the soldier spent the next few minutes demanding that he sit on the ground, though he was wearing new clothes for the Eid holidays. Eventually he was forced to sit on the ground. "
|Settlers attack Palestinian farmers||Aljazeera - "Ibrahim Salah said his family was working in its field of olive trees west of Nablus when about 50 settlers descended on the area, some of them wielding metal bars and carrying guns."
|So much for another kind of olive harvest ||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - "Peretz`s celebratory promises that this year`s olive harvest would be different than those of past years are shattered daily at Israel Defense Forces checkpoints. Even the High Court injunction to permit farmers to work their land makes no impression on security forces. "||26/10/2006|
|Not only the right to worship is sacred ||Amira Hass - Haaretz - "The main Israeli control method, and the most effective with respect to the occupier, is the limitation of Palestinian freedom of movement to a minimum: within the occupied territories, between district and district, between town and village, village and its lands, between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, between going abroad and coming back. "
|Keepers of the Peace||Rima Merriman -
The Electronic Intifada -
"How Israel`s annexation and total control over East Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque is going to help the world is hard to figure out."
|`This will be the worst Eid of my life`||Yousef Alhelou -
The Electronic Intifada -
" "There is no taste for this Eid, it`s a sad Eid.""
|Demolition of the Gaza Strip by Israel continues|| Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Troops isolate Beit Hanoun, shells several areas;
“Army will continue operating in Gaza” ||24/10/2006|
|Abu Musa Jahalin is sick||Angela Godfrey-Goldstein - ICAHD - "Abu Musa had to go back to his shack, under threat of demolition and ethnic transfer by the Wall and army (the very un-Civil Administration!), to find 20,000 shekels for treatment... Having been badly beaten by Israeli Border Police, when homes - tin and cardboard shacks -- were bulldozed on his hillside. Those shattered places in his body are returning now to haunt him. "||24/10/2006|
|Twilight Zone / Loss upon loss ||Gideon Levy - Haaretz - "In May, Mohammed, short and bearded, accompanied us silently on a tour of his ruined house, whose roof had collapsed onto the balcony below.
This week we returned to that house, at the edge of the town of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip. Mohammed is no longer there, nor is his son Ismail or his daughter Hanan. The three of them were killed by IDF fire. "||24/10/2006|
|Gone in 60 seconds || Amira Hass
- Haaretz - on the Nablus car thieves||24/10/2006|
|Abbas slams the Israeli attack in Gaza, describes it as massacre ||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "“What happened today is an ugly crime against the Palestinian people trying to celebrate the first day of Al Fitir feast” Abbas said.
Eight residents were killed in the attack, among them seven family members; at least thirty residents were injured.". And Haaretz report: "Third rocket hits near Sderot; PRC vows revenge as IDF troops kill one of group`s senior leaders, six others."||24/10/2006|
|Palestinians apprehensive about CIA money||Khalid Amayreh- The Electronic Intifada-"We know very well that American money goes hand in hand with American agenda. We also know that unclean money goes to unclean parties and unclean politicians and unclean journalists," ||20/10/2006|
|So close, yet so far: Closure keeps Palestinian academic from finishing doctorate in Israel||Jennie Matthew-Daily Star (Lebanon)/Agence France Presse-"University staff have also petitioned Defense Minister Amir Peretz to overturn the ban so students not suspected of involvement in activities that threaten Israeli security can enter the country for academic purposes."||20/10/2006|
|Hebron Reflection: War is Not Healthy ||Jan Benvie -Christian Peacemaker Team-"I later saw a young 4 or 5 year-old settler boy sitting alone at a military checkpoint. He looked at the young Palestinian men being detained, and drew his finger across his throat several times, as if to indicate cutting their throats. "||20/10/2006|
|Olive Harvest Coalition ||Israel Committee Against House Demolition - "An area of 120,000 dunams is confined between the Separation Fence and the `green line`, separating the Palestinian farmers from the source of their livelihood. At least 60 villages are directly and acutely affected by this, their income and life-structure devastated, .."||20/10/2006|
|Palestinian students barred entry into Israeli Universities ||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Wednesday, Israeli Education Minister, Yuli Tamir, and Culture Minister, Ophir Pines-Paz, demanded that Israel`s Defense Minister, Amir Peretz, revoke the ban barring Palestinians students studying in Israeli universities from entering Israel, Israeli online daily Haaretz reported."
|Gaza doctors say patients suffering mystery injuries after Israeli attacks||Rory McCarthy - The Guardian - "Doctors in Gaza have reported previously unseen injuries from Israeli weapons that cause severe burning and leave deep internal wounds, often resulting in amputations or death." ||19/10/2006|
|Hebron Update: 8-14 October 2006||Christian Peacemaker Teams - "As the morning ended, a Palestinian associate reported that settlers had broken into three shops bordering the Bab iBaladeyyeh (Beit Romano) checkpoint.. They had smashed their way in through the back walls of the stores. He also reported that Israelis have been sneaking into and operating a stone quarry at night, located near the village of Dahariya.. He said that the invasions constitute illegal land confiscation and have been reported to Israeli police. He added, if they get no satisfaction, they plan to take their complaint to Israel`s high court."
|Prisoners of the wall||Tamar Pelleg Sryck - 21st Century Socialism - "Of those tried in military courts, almost all are sentenced by agreement, by deals. The defence and the prosecution make deals, by routine. This is more the dictate of the prosecution, the supremacy of the prosecution, rather than talks trying to reach some kind of reasonable outcome."
|“Rain Man” : Letter from Lama Hourani in Gaza City, 2006-10-17 ||Lama Hourani - "The electricity problem is getting worse and influences the behavior of people. Everyone is tense and can get into a fight with anyone, anywhere, at home, at work or in the streets. Life’s routine has changed. Sleeping hours, eating hours, bathing hours, reading hours, all this has changed and it is more difficult when you don’t have a schedule to follow. "||19/10/2006|
|Today`s Palestinian headlines (as of IMEMC)||IMEMC - Tuesday 17 Oct 2006 - Targeted village turns to Supreme Court / Youth killed as army invades Jenin [later reports: 3 killed] / Nafha prison bars visitors / Peretz orders expansion of Gaza operations.||17/10/2006|
|Soldiers suspected of looting homes during operation||Ali Waked - Ynet - After operating a number of days east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Israel Defense Forces troops left the area. The IDF said that the operation was meant to locate tunnels through which the Palestinians are smuggling weapons with which to carry out attacks on Israeli targets. Despite not finding even one such tunnel, local residents claim that the soldiers didn`t leave empty-handed...||17/10/2006|
|Principal announces: no English lessons in grade 7||Mahmoud Amra - email to pupils - Renee Bowyer, the English teacher for grade 7 ... was denied reentry... please be assured that we are doing our best to minimize any negative consequences that might be caused by this situation."
|Life in Tel Rumedia||The Tel Rumeida Project and International Solidarity Movement -- "The settlers were screaming `Nazis` at the internationals and behaved very aggressively. A settler family passed by and the son, aged five, tried to spit at the internationals which was cheerfully encouraged by his mother"||16/10/2006|
| Invasion of northern Gaza to stop armed resistance and destroy farm land ||Wisam Afifeh -- PNN -- "Eyewitnesses reported Sunday Israeli forces [...] sealing off the town of Beit Hanoun. [...] the northern Gaza Strip area is fully isolated. Israeli forces also closed the eastern entrance to the town of Beit Lahia, while using bulldozers to destroy large tracts of agricultural land for the seventh consecutive day"||16/10/2006|
|Hamas: America `financing` Fatah||AP via Aljazeera.Net -- "The US state department put the $42 million fund aside after Hamas won Palestinian elections in January, claiming that the money is meant to `protect and promote moderation and democratic alternatives to Hamas`"||16/10/2006|
|Starvation continues||Erica Silverman -- Al-Ahram Weekly -- Amid defiance on the part of Hamas and endurance by the population, no end seems in sight to the policy of starving the Palestinians into submission ||16/10/2006|
|10 Palestinians killed by IOF in Gaza in past 2 days||Palestinian Centre for Human Rights - Gaza - In the past two days, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed 10 Palestinians and wounded 11 others, including a child, in the Gaza Strip||15/10/2006|
|US to finance Palestinian opposition||al-Jazeera - The US has quietly started a campaign projected to cost up to $42 million to bolster opponents of the Hamas-led government||15/10/2006|
|IDF sets up detention center near Gaza ||Hanan Greenberg - Y-net - `Since yesterday, arrestees have been pouring in,` a soldier told Ynet. `In the afternoon a number of Palestinians arrived, whose ages ranged from 15-year-old teenagers to adults aged 45. We made every effort to give the Palestinians a good feeling, we set up tables, benches, and we even set up shades so they don`t have to stand in the sun.`[...hours standing in the sun being the usual standard; one has to read between the lines of this piece written from an IDF point of view. A.K.] ||14/10/2006|
|More death and destruction meted out to Gaza and West Bank||George Rishmawi-IMEMC 1) Seven killed in Air Strike in Gaza // Imogen Kimber, Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC 2) Army invades Qabatia||14/10/2006|
|Succot in Tel Rumeida (Hebron)||ISM Hebron - www.palsolidarity.org - For the duration of the week the streets of Tel Rumeida have been adorned with Israeli flags, slogans and orange ribbons (...)On Monday over a thousand Israeli visitors descended on Tel Rumeida (...) Palestinian civilians [who live there - bz] were cleared out of the way with tear gas and sound grenades.||14/10/2006|
|Critics accuse Israel of blocking Palestinians` access to healthcare||Daily Star staff- Daily Star (Lebanon) - "There have been instances where the weakness and desperation of sick Palestinians were exploited in recruiting them to carry out attacks within Israel," the group wrote. "The Shin Bet also exploits exactly these things to recruit them as collaborators and to wring information out of them."||13/10/2006|
|Forbidden to settlers, not the state ||Amira Hass - Haaretz - "The Israeli occupation establishment constantly imposes various forms of harassment on Palestinians engaged in agriculture, one of the foundations of the Palestinians` existence: the separation fence, which imprisons the lands of 42 villages behind it; the settlers` constantly expanding security fences; the expropriation of lands for the construction of bypass roads and security roads; the destruction of wells; the closure of various areas (including the entire Jordan Valley) for military purposes; the closing of roads to Palestinian vehicles; the checkpoints every few kilometers; the diversion of trucks carrying produce to long and badly paved roads; the waiting in line for hours and days at Israeli crossings; the closing of the Gaza crossing for months, thereby making it impossible for Gazans to market agricultural produce; the discouraging bureaucracy required at Civil Administration bases to obtain a pass to reach one`s own lands - or to not obtain it at all."
|Palestinians killed in Israeli air raid||Aljazeera + Agencies - "Five Palestinians, including a teenager, have been killed in Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip."
|Rights group: Shin Bet denies vital treatment to Palestinians ||Amos Harel - Haaretz - "The Shin Bet security service is systematically preventing Palestinians who need medical treatment unavailable in the territories from entering Israel, a new report by the nonprofit organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) charges.
|Israeli forces invade Nablus, killing one, arresting five ||Caysha Cay -
"At dawn, Israeli soldiers killed Jericho resident Abdullah Mohammad Mansour, 29, as he was watching the invasion from a balcony."||11/10/2006|
|The Fear in Gaza||Amira Hass -
The Palestine Chronicle -
"The window. The porch. Don`t get close. Don`t go out. You remember the lady next door, don`t you?"||11/10/2006|
|Italian probe: Israel used new weapon prototype in Gaza Strip ||Meron Rapoport -
"The legs of the injured were sliced from their bodies "as if a saw was used to cut through the bone.""||11/10/2006|
|We Can`t Go Home Again||SAM BAHOUR -
The New York Times -
need a residency card from Israel to live with my
Palestinian family in my grandfather`s home in the
Palestinian West Bank."
|Rabbi leads defence of Palestinian olive groves||Ian MacKinnon - The Times - Mr Karni, 58, a Muslim, can go about his business without threat largely because of a rabbi who has co-ordinated with the Israeli Army and police to be on the spot to provide protection. Rabbi Arik Ascherman peers through binoculars towards the Har Berakha settlement near Nablus, in the West Bank, for signs of trouble. ||10/10/2006|
|Qatar`s Palestinian mediation failed ||Al Jazeera - Palestinian politicians said the Qatari proposals included forming a government of so-called technocrats and convening a meeting between Abbas and Mishaal. Abbas said the Qatari mediation effort would continue, but the mediator Sheikh Hamad left the coastal territory early on Tuesday and it was not clear if or when he would return||10/10/2006|
|Exploring roots in Israel - American-Palestinian style||Ira Moskowitz - Ha`aretz - Sara, 21, grew up in northern New Jersy and is starting her senior year at a prestigious college in Massachusetts, majoring in philosophy and planning a career in law. Like many of her Jewish-American peers, she landed at Ben-Gurion Airport this summer with the aim of learning more about her heritage and identifying with her embattled people. Her experience in Israel, however, was not very positive or uplifting. Sarah Matari is a Palestinian American. ||10/10/2006|
| Palestinian killed, five injured in an army air strike in the Gaza Strip ||Saed Bannoura -- IMEMC & Agencies -- "one resident was killed and five were injured, most of them children, in an Israeli military air strike that targeted a Palestinian vehicle in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip"||9/10/2006|
|Israeli troops kill Palestinian fighter||AFP via Aljazeera.Net -- "The latest deaths bring to 5,408 the number of fatalities since the 2000 outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising"||9/10/2006|
|Despite the "withdrawal`, the siege of Gaza goes on||John Dugard - The Independent/Commondreams - Israel`s attack on Gaza has taken several forms. On the military front, it has made repeated incursions in which both militants and civilians have been killed. Targeted assassinations have continued, accompanied by "collateral damage" - the name Israel gives to the indiscriminate killing of civilians who happen to be in the proximity.||8/10/2006|
|Report: Pregnancies (and miscarriages) at checkpoints on the rise ||IMEMC - Since the Intifada began, there has been a 100% increase in home deliveries, and a shocking 56% increase in stillbirths among Palestinian mothers.
|Israeli military imposes full closure on Palestine for week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot ||IMEMC - As on every other Jewish holiday this year, Israeli forces have implemented a closure on all Palestinian areas during the week of Sukkot.||8/10/2006|
|Quartet: Rafah closure puts EU observer mission at risk ||Amos Harel - Haaretz - American and European representatives have cautioned Israel that the continued closure of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt puts the continued deployment of European observers there in doubt.||8/10/2006|
|Urgent - Help The Ghalia Family||On June 9th, 2006, the Ghalia family was severely hit in an Israeli attack, during a picnic on the Gaza beach. The incident received worldwide attention mostly due to the horrifying video footage taken minutes later of devastated Huda Ghalia (11 y.o.) next to the dead body of her father, Ali (43 y.o.). The family has literally lost everything.
|Residents injured while attempting to reach Al Aqsa Mosque ||By Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies [Israeli government speakers still claim that Israeli maintains Freedom of Worship in Jerusalem...A.K.] ||7/10/2006|
|Hamas and Israeli company fuel deal||AFP - english.aljazeera.net - The Hamas-led government has signed a contract with an Israeli oil supplier to provide fuel to the Palestinian territories. Abu Eisheh, interim Hamas finance minister, signed the deal [as the minister is in an Israeli jail, for being a Hamas member (sic! - bz].||7/10/2006|
|Haniyya will not recognize occupation, offers extended truce||IMEMC staff/agencies - IMEMC/Ha`aretz - The Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyya, a member of the Hamas party, said during a speech in front of tens of thousands of residents in Gaza that Hamas will not recognize the Israeli occupation over Palestine, and offered a 10-year truce with Israel. The Ha`aretz account makes no mention of this offer and emphasizes that "Hamas won`t recognize Israel".||7/10/2006|
|Illegals possibly beaten before Jaffa shooting||Jonathan Lis - Haaretz -"It seemed to be an open and shut case: early Wednesday morning a Palestinian working illegally in Jaffa panicked when caught by police, and tried to grab a policeman`s gun, which misfired, killing him. But within a few hours, the policeman confessed that the worker did not attack the policeman who shot and killed him. "||6/10/2006|
|Israel placates Rice by loosening closures||Daily Star staff- Daily Star (Lebanon)-"European observers monitoring the Rafah crossing threatened Thursday to abandon their mission if Israel doesn`t stop closing the passage."||6/10/2006|
|Army kills three militants in two Gaza Strip incidents||Amos Harel-Haaretz-"..in arrest raids yesterday, IDF troops and border policemen rounded up 13 Palestinians in the West Bank."||6/10/2006|
|CPT Hebron Update: 16-22 September 2006||CPT Hebron - "Christina Gibb and Char Smith patrolled the road linking the Gutnick Center to Shuhada Street where a group of ten Israeli settler boys repeatedly spat at them, threw small stones and taunted them. Smith was hit on the hand by a stone."||5/10/2006|
|U.S., EU warn Israel over closure of Gaza border||Adam Entous - Reuters - U.S. and European security officials have warned Israel that European states may opt to pull their monitors out of the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt unless Israel agrees to keep it open.
|Joint Alert by Palestinian Human Rights Organisations to Representatives of the International Community||Al-Haq and others - "It must be recognised that the current crisis stems from the almost 40-year-long Israeli occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and the fact that both Israel and the international community have repeatedly failed to meet their obligations under international law with regard to the OPT."
|Israeli air strike kills 2 in Gaza||Ynews - "IDF says vehicle struck on road between Khan Younis and Rafah was carrying ‘terrorists who were planning to carry out attacks’; medical sources in Strip say passengers Islamic Jihad members; unidentified gunmen fire at home of Hamas lawmaker in south Gaza Strip, killing one of his bodyguards"
|Policeman kills illegal Palestinian worker in Jaffa ||Roni Singer-Heruti, Jonathan Lis and Yoav Stern - Haaretz - "The Justice Ministry`s Police Investigations Department (PID) announced last night that its findings thus far contradict the version of events offered by the Tel Aviv Police and the responsible officer, who claimed that the Palestinian was shot while trying to flee and after he had tried to grab the officer`s weapon. It said that the evidence indicates that the weapon was fired while the officer still held it." ||5/10/2006|
|Go Better With Rights||ZAHI KHOURI -
Wall Street Journal -
"But Israel has decided that we Americans are not welcome."||4/10/2006|
|Olive Harvest - Soldiers Interrupt Harvest at Kufr Qalil||Josie -
"The farmer, myself and another international woman approached them and were told that the family could not harvest today as they had not consulted with the army first to arrange it."
|Israel destroys Hamas fighter`s home||al-Jazeera - witnesses said the family had evacuated the building, in the town of Khan Yunus, after they were told by telephone to flee minutes before the attack on Friday.
|Abbas denies meeting Mashaal||al-Jazeera - Ismail Rudwan affirmed that Hamas was committed to the formation of a national unity government based on the prisoners` document.
|Five wounded in Gaza protest||al-Jazeera - A Hamas supporter has wounded five people when he threw a hand grenade into a crowd of police who were protesting in the Gaza Strip at the non-payment of their salaries. ||1/10/2006|
|Muslim worshippers attacked by Israeli police in Jerusalem ||IMEMC & Agencies -- Thousands of Palestinians on their way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque "to celebrate Lailat al-Qadr, one of the holiest days in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan [...] were met by Israeli riot police and military, who fired tear gas and concussion grenades, as well as beating Palestinian worshippers" ||21/10/2006|
|3 terrorists, woman killed in Gaza||Hanan Greenberg -YNet News-"An 8-year-old girl and an activist were killed and 13 people were injured, two of them sustaining critical wounds, after being hit by a missile launched on Thursday by the Israel Air Force at the home of a Hamas activist in the Gaza City neighborhood of Sajaiya."||13/10/2006|
|Case of the Month – “Military Interrogation”: (Report based on information received from the Public Committee Against Torture (PCATI))||United Against Torture (UAT)/PCATI (Public Committee Against Torture in Israel)- "“Swissa” began to gradually tilt Mr. A. O. backwards until his head touched the floor and he pressed on Mr.A.O.’s neck to keep him from resisting the tilting of his back and made him feel as if he were choking. “Sagiv” then pulled Mr. A.O.’s manacles forward."||13/10/2006|
|Hebron Update: 1-7 October 2006 and `Hebron: Life ` by Jan Benvie ||Christian Peacemaker Team - "Members of the family pointed out damage inflicted by the soldiers. They had pulled all the clothes out of a closet and stomped on them. They broke open bags of flour and dumped them on the floor, broke mirrors and glass on the doors of a cupboard, and broke a kitchen window so that they could poke their guns through it toward the street."||13/10/2006|
|Right to Education Bulletin #7 April - October 2006 ||Birzeit University-"More than 4000 Palestinian children have been arrested since the start of the current Intifada on 28 September 2000. Today, there are 405 students still in detention camps and have been suffering all kinds of torture, bad treatments and living under difficult medical and psychological circumstances by Israeli army and intelligence."||13/10/2006|
|Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory||PCHR Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 05- 11 Oct. 2006 No. 40/2006 -"During the reported period, IOF imposed additional restrictions on Palestinian farmers wishing to go their agricultural lands located behind the Wall to cultivate olives, which is their main source of income. IOF soldiers often fire at farmers to prevent them from going to their lands. During the reported period, a Palestinian farmer was wounded by the IOF gunfire when he was on his way back home in Qiffin village, north of Tulkarm. "
|Israeli forces kill five family members, including a child, in southern Gaza ||George Rishmawi - IMEMC - "Eyewitnesses reported that a large number of Israeli tanks and military vehicles invaded Khuza’a village under cover of Apache helicopters and reconnaissance drones that fired heavily from above."
|Don`t Rat on Them, Don`t Turn Them In: open letter to my neighbors||Ilana Hammerman - "I am writing this open letter to the editors, to the Civil Guard, and especially to my fellow residents, reporting to them that I have personally met many of those `illegals` and have not turned them in, knowing full well they were sleeping in my vicinity. Nor do I intend to do so in the future. Under no circumstances will I turn them in – on the contrary, I will help them in any way I can: with a drink, with refreshments, and if need be, offering them refuge from the inspectors when these come around. Until the coast is clear again"
|Israeli forces invade northern West Bank town as sunset meal ends, kill one and injure 14 ||Ali Samoudi -- PNN -- "Twenty military vehicles stormed the northern West Bank town [of Tamoun] on Sunday evening, injuring 14 Palestinians and killing 23 year old Mohammad Abdel Fatah Bani Odeh"||23/10/2006|
|“Hate Does Not Come Easy” – Home Demolition in East Jerusalem||An ISM volunteer -- "Totah hurried to the Israeli court in order to have the demolition order overturned. [...] his emergency petition was successful and a court official informed the Israeli police at the scene of their decision to halt the demolition. As soon as the police heard this, the bulldozer was put to work [...] As if this was not enough, Totah and his family are now forced to pay 420 NIS every month until year 2012 to cover the municipality’s expenses for the demolition and the massive police presence"||23/10/2006|
|Israeli raids kill eight Palestinians||Aljazeera + Agencies -- At least eight Palestinians have been killed in separate Israeli army incursions into the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, medical and security officials say||23/10/2006|
| Israeli Prison Administration threatens to halt all visitations||Saed Bannoura - "The Israeli Prison Administration (IPA) threatened to bar all detainees in all 28 Israeli prisons and detention facilities from receiving visitors after soldiers stationed at two facilities claimed to have been attacked by family members who had come to visit detainees.
|Israelis threaten to retake Gaza border||Aljazeera - "Several Israeli cabinet ministers have called for a military operation to retake control of Gaza`s southern border with Egypt.
They said the operation was necessary to stop Palestinian fighters smuggling in weapons from Egypt.
Eli Yishai, the Israeli industry and trade minister, told reporters on Sunday: "Action must be taken without hesitation. Any hesitation is dangerous and we must act immediately.
|Even Palestinian-Americans are being turned back at the border ||Amira Hass - Haaretz - ""This is a gross breach of tradition," said historian Nazmi Ju`beh, in reference to the traditional ties these emigrants maintain with their cities and villages of origin: regular visits, financial assistance to those who remain behind and investment in local projects, particularly in construction."
|At least on their holiday ||Haaretz - Editorial - "Beyond the fact that discriminating among the worshipers is a violation of religious freedom, there is the issue of prudence. There is no reason to provoke hatred when it is possible to loosen restrictions, even if that means reallocating personnel. The daily lives of the Palestinians under the regime of roadblocks and closures are intolerably difficult, and it is only right to ease up at least on their holiday."
|UNRWA: Palestinians are experiencing a humanitarian disaster ||UNRWA -
"Thousands of Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip went out into the streets to tell the world `No to Poverty`"||18/10/2006|
|Israeli troops raid Qabatiya, kill three young Palestinian men ||Ma`an -
"Our correspondent said that some seventeen Israeli military vehicles raided the town from all directions" ||18/10/2006|
|Israeli Prison Authorities renews administrative detention order of a female detainee ||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies- "The Shabak, as in hundreds of cases with Palestinian detainees, claims obtaining a secret file against each detainee. The “secret file” allows the Israeli authorities to extend the remand of any administrative detainee without trial."||27/10/2006|
|Solana hopes Gaza`s Rafah crossing will reopen soon||Daily Star (Lebanon)-"We have the feeling that this is now the situation of stalling," Solana said Thursday. "We would like very much if we could see ... some movement put in place." "Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man near the town of Beit Hanoun, residents said. Witnesses said the man was catching birds on farmland when the soldiers opened fire."||27/10/2006|
|Three Palestinans killed in Gaza||Aljazeera.net-(Update to article posted yesterday) -"Three Palestinians were killed by gunfire during an Israeli incursion into the small town of Abassan in the southern Gaza Strip. Medical sources said Ahmed al-Bureim, 18, and Abu Lahia, 27, a member of the Palestinian national security force, were killed earlier in the day."||27/10/2006|
|From The Inside Looking Out: Report-70: --While You Were Gone: Giving Hebron A Heart Attack||Jerry Levin - Christian Peacemaker Team -"So while everyone was watching Lebanon, no one was watching Palestine. No one was telling how the sanctions, the settlers, and the army are making it worse for us. No one is telling how it is getting worse here day by day." ||27/10/2006|
|Two Palestinians killed in renewed Israeli incursions into the Gaza Strip Thursday ||Ma`an - "Lami Hamdan Abu Lahiya, 22, a member of the Palestinian national security, and another man were seriously injured during an Israeli incursion into the village of Khuza`a, east of Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip."
|Poll: Hamas, Fatah tied||Ali Waked - Y-Net - Oct. 3, 20006 -Recent survey shows two main contenders receiving similar support, indicates lessening support for Fatah compared to earlier weeks; support for imprisoned Tanzim leader Barghouti drops to mere 4.5 percent
|Fisherman killed near coast / Warplane kills boy in Khan Younis||1) DPA - rawstory.com; 2) WAFA News Agency - The witnesses said an Israeli gunboat opened intensive fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the sea in central Gaza Strip town of Dier al-Balah, killing a fisherman. ||3/10/2006|
| Olive harvest season closures in northern West Bank||Ali Samoudi -- PNN -- "Western Jenin’s Zabda Village farmers were preparing for the harvest when Israeli forces began uprooting their trees without warning"||2/10/2006|
|Palestinian cabinet building stormed||al-Jazeera - A Palestinian government compound has been stormed by protesters in the West Bank after at least four people died and at least 50 people were injured in similar clashes in Gaza.||1/10/2006|
|Israeli Occupation Forces Kill 4 Civilians, including 2 brothers, in the Gaza Strip||PCHR Gaza - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) has committed two new war crimes in the Gaza Strip over the past two days, resulting in the death of 4 Palestinian civilians.||1/10/2006|
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