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Soldiers invade Balata Refugee Camp, destroy contents of houses and arrest 11 Palestinians Amin Abu Wardeh - PNN - Thirty eight year old physical education teacher, Omar Hamad Maskawi is arrested. Arrestee Abu Hamada is a 40 year old bus driver and Jasir Abu Hamada works in communications. Salah Al Saka and Fuad Abu Rajeb were also among those taken blindfolded to interrogation en route to prison. 20/11/2006
The children photographers of Balata Refugee Camp By Matthew Cassel - The Elecronic Intifada - Home to almost 25,000 residents living on less than one square kilometer, Balata is the most densely populated refugee camp within the West Bank. Picture Balata puts cameras into the hands of the children born and raised inside the ongoing Israeli occupation. In spring 2007 four of the young Balata photographers will be traveling to the US to tour with an exhibition of their photography (contact
7-year-old boy hit in the head with a bullet as he sat at his desk in a Gaza School Associated Press - International Herald Tribune - Stray Israeli gunfire hit a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip, wounding two children, including a 7-year-old boy who was hit in the head as he sat at his desk, United Nations officials said Sunday, but Israel denied involvement. 20/11/2006
“We killed Jesus, we’ll kill you too!”ISM Hebron - ISM website - Tove Johansson from Stockholm walked through the Tel Rumeida checkpoint with a small group of human rights workers (HRWs) to accompany Palestinian schoolchildren to their homes. They were confronted by about 100 settlers in small groups, who started chanting in Hebrew “We killed Jesus, we’ll kill you too!”. (...) Very aggressive settler men surrounded the international volunteers and began spitting at them, so much so that the internationals described it as “like rain.” One settler then hit Tove on the left side of her face with an empty bottle, breaking it on her face and leaving her with a broken cheekbone. She immediately fell to the ground and the group of settlers who were watching began to clap, cheer, and chant.20/11/2006
Israeli aircraft strike Gaza al-Jazeera - Hamas said two of its fighters were in the car but escaped unharmed on Sunday. Medical workers said the men were wounded, along with three passersby - two children and an elderly man.19/11/2006
Human shield deters Israel strike BBC - it appears that an unprecedented act of defiance by the Palestinians to a particular Israeli tactic has worked.19/11/2006
IDF calls off strike after hundreds guard Gaza militant`s houseNir Hasson, Aluf Ben, Avi Issacharoff - Haaretz - Palestinian sources called the protest the first of its kind to have in effect prevented an air strike by the IAF. An IDF spokesman said the strike had been called off so to avoid inflicting civilian casualties. 19/11/2006
2 Palestinians, ages 16 and 20, killed by IDF fire in northern GazaNir Hasson, Aluf Ben,Avi Issacharoff, Reuters -- Haaretz -- "Two Palestinians, ages 16 and 20, were killed Saturday by Israel Defense Forces fire in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia. Five Palestinians were wounded in the operation. [...] Three Palestinians were killed and 30 wounded Friday night by IDF fire in the West Bank city of Qalqilyah" 18/11/2006
Settler Violence Report for October 2006 Ahmad Jaradat -- AIC -- "On 19 October, settlers from the Avraham Avinu settlement outpost in the center of Hebron stoned Palestinian residents while they were going to the Mosque to pray. During this event, clashes between residents and the settlers occurred. Soldiers from the nearby military outpost opened fire on the Palestinians, causing injury to three. The injured people are: Ammar Abu Sunaina, 15, Husam Abu Husain, 13, and Shadi Sa’eed Ishatayya, 15"18/11/2006
Youth killed in Qalqilia invasion, at least 31 injuredSaed Bannoura -- IMEMC & Agencies -- "Tareq Ziad Taha, 17 [...] was injured in his spine and died of his wounds later on [...] at least 31 residents were injured, two seriously and six suffered moderate wounds" 18/11/2006
Fear factorErica Silverman-Al Ahram Weekly-"A United Nations Security Council resolution that condemned Israel`s military operation in Gaza and demanded that Israeli forces withdrawal from the Gaza Strip was vetoed by the United States last Saturday."17/11/2006
Palestinian medical student gets five days to respond to allegations he`s a terroristDan Izenberg- THE JERUSALEM POST-"Najar ran into further trouble last year, when the medical school sent him for training in orthopedics at the Mokassed Hospital in east Jerusalem, the only Palestinian hospital that provides such training. Israeli authorities turned down the medical school`s request on his behalf for an entry permit to east Jerusalem on the grounds that Najar was a Gaza resident and had to return to Gaza and apply from there."17/11/2006
IOF Storms 2 Towns in West BankPalestine News Agency - Wafa -"..several citizens suffered suffocation as Israeli vehicles fired gas canister at houses. In the meantime, IOF partially destroyed a house in Tulkarem and imposed curfew on the northern part of the city"17/11/2006
Preparing for the next invasion Amira Hass - Haaretz - "The army will not change, and no one will restrain it. Therefore, appropriate preparations must be made. "15/11/2006
Killing hope in Beit HanounRamzy Baroud - The Jordan Times - "Israel`s insistence on living by the sword will continue to create the perfect environment for violence to prevail, for innocent people to die, and for people to lose everything, even their will to live." 15/11/2006
`Your heads will be on the stones` - Settler and military violence in South Hebron HillsChristian Peacemaker Joel Gulledge writing from At-Tuwani 14/11/2006
Jerry Levin, reporting from Hebron: Practice Makes PerfectReport 72 -" Um Shehadeh sits on the couch in her threadbare living room eyes blazing; speaking piercingly, rapidly, angrily. She is telling the story of a night of fright, indignation, and tragic duplicity."14/11/2006
Grave suspicion of extrajudicial execution of two wounded Palestinians, 8 Nov. 06B`Tselem - "This incident in Al- Yamun is not the first of its kind. In May 2005, B`Tselem released a report that examined four operations conducted in the previous year to arrest Palestinians wanted by Israeli forces. The report indicated that soldiers behaved in these operations as if they were conducting assassinations rather than arrest operations, in blatant violation of IHL."14/11/2006
A selection of news from Aljazeera, IMEMCGhassan Bannoura - IMEMC - "Army invades Nablus and kills one Intifada activist "; "A resident of Beit Hanoun dies of wounds sustained last week"; Ma`an - "Al Aqsa Brigades fire at Ashkelon power station, demand that new government does not recognise Israel"; " Israel annexes over 1000 dunums of Palestinian land, Hamas spokesman calls it a deliberate message to the world"; "EU foreign policy chief confident that Abbas will form a unity government, enabling a resumption of international aid"14/11/2006
Israeli Military Again Fails to Provide Timely Escort for Palestinian ChildrenCPT Hebron -- "For the last two mornings, the soldiers have been unable to find the children waiting at the assigned meeting point. This location has not changed in the two years since the military escort began. [...] the soldiers arrived 90 minutes late [...] The children waited the entire time by themselves at the same place where settlers attacked them yesterday afternoon"13/11/2006
At-Tuwani: Palestinian school children attacked by settlersCPT Hebron - Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement outpost of Havot Ma’on (Hill 833) attacked fourteen children from the Palestinian villages of Tuba and Magaer al-Abeed. The children attend school in the village of At-Tuwani and were returning home when the attack occurred.12/11/2006
Pain and disbelief in Gaza Matthew Price - BBC - Earlier this week, tens of thousands of people mourned the 18 Palestinians killed by Israeli tank fire in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.12/11/2006
Massacre in Beit HanounYousef Alhelou - Electronic Intifada/Znet - One day after the Israel army declared that it had pulled out and completed Operation Autumn Clouds in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, 24 Palestinians were killed in Gaza and the West Bank, 19 people were killed and at least 45 were injured as a large number of shells were fired at the town.12/11/2006
Nightmare in Beit Hanoun: How Gaza offends us allJennifer Loewenstein - Today the hospitals will be filled beyond capacity again when the 18 civilian dead from a pre-dawn attack on Beit Hanoun12/11/2006
`We are dead people`- Gaza defiance grows as Israeli grip stifles economyRory McCarthy - The Guardian - Abu Naim waited for his five sons to return aboard his boat. They would be lucky to haul in 200 shekels-worth (£24) of sardines. Allowing for the cost of fuel that would leave 100 shekels between Abu Naim, the crew of seven and a worker waiting with him on the dockside. The fishermen made light of it and warmed their hands over a charcoal grill as one fetched more glasses of tea. 11/11/2006
Palestinian teachers return to schools - but still not a pennyTulkarem Correspondent - PNN - After several months` strike, the Palestinian government school teachers agreed to return to the classrooms in exchange for a promised immediate payment of a thousand Shekels apiece. But the agreement is imperilled by the refusal of the banks, threatened with sanctions by the US, to pass on the salaries. 11/11/2006
Mother of four goes through hell - illegal methods to squeeze information about husbandHamoked lawyer Tamar Peleg - WOFPP email - They came to arrest her before dawn in the village of Ein Yabroud. It was Friday, the day before the last day of Ramadan. She and her 4 children had come to spend it with their family. They searched the house inside out. Having found nothing, they took each child separately to a neighbouring empty flat to interrogate them about their father: when and where they saw him last. The kids could not remember. It was such a long time ago.11/11/2006
`Shells Kept Falling` On Gaza Apartment, Killing 17 in Family : Israeli Leader Expresses Regret; Palestinians Say U.S. Shares BlameScott Wilson - Washington Post - "The blasts along Hamad Street, which witnesses said numbered between four and 10, ripped through several generations of a family of farmers, doctors and taxi drivers who live near fruit orchards on the northern edge of this town. A grandfather died along with his 23-year-old son and 1-year-old granddaughter. Three brothers died. So did two sisters." 9/11/2006
After a six-day barrage, Israel leaves Gaza town to count dead Sa`id Ghazali and Eric Silver - The Independent - "The Israeli army withdrew from Beit Hanoun yesterday at the end of a six-day search-and-destroy operation, leaving behind a ravaged Gaza town angrily counting the cost." 9/11/2006
Two lobbies defend the oppression Amira Hass - Haaretz - "Is it possible that the army and the politicians commanding it can`t see the fearful symmetry between the deepening Israeli military oppression and the ongoing Palestinian arms buildup? Between the oppression and Palestinians` support for that arms buildup, however backward and meager, compared with Israel`s might? Or is that exactly what the Israeli government wants, with or without Avigdor Lieberman - to perpetuate the military conflict and bolster the Palestinian military lobby, in order to repel any chance for a political solution?" 9/11/2006
ABU MUSA UPDATE (Please help)Angela Godfrey-Goldstein - "Many thanks to those who have contributed: Abu Musa is so moved by your generosity, his only hope. This appeal so far has raised enough for his time in hospital (at 700+ shekels per diem), including amputation, CT and other tests. But now he faces the real test, and needs your help."9/11/2006
Palestinian human rights NGOs condemn Beit Hanoun Massacre; call for international investigation Press Release - PCHR - "This crime again illustrates the extent to which the IOF disregards the prohibition by international humanitarian law (IHL) of targeting civilians and civilian objects and the obligation to protect them." 8/11/2006
Peretz to IDF: Halt artillery fire Ilan Marciano - Ynet News - ""Olmert, Peretz and Halutz are war criminals who failed the first war and are committing war crimes in the second war.""8/11/2006
Israeli tank shells `kill 18 Palestinians in sleep` Ibrahim Barzak - The Independent - "Thirteen were from the same family. He said at least 40 more were wounded, all civilians. "We saw legs, hands, parts of heads stuck to the wall."" 8/11/2006
Beit Hanoun: Israelis pull out leaving trail of deathRory McCarthy - The Guardian - " Rubble was strewn across the streets, sewage flowed thick and gardens had been ripped up by tanks." 8/11/2006
40 complaints a year to the AG, zero investigations Nir Hasson - Haaretz - "The security agency`s techniques are creeping back toward those used before 1999, when the High Court of Justice banned torture."8/11/2006
Today`s news from the OccupationAljazeera - Gaza killings mount as tanks withdraw; At least six Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip after the army pulled out of the northern town of Beit Hanoun.; Ma`an - Abbas and Haniyeh hold intense - but inconclusive - talks about the new Palestinian government and premiership; Hamas spokesman: Hamas nominee for prime minister, Bassem Naim, is still in the running ; Ma`an - Israeli army conducts massive arrest sweep in West Bank; 34 Palestinians seized Tuesday morning; Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Resident injured by settler fire in Hebron; Aljazeera - Palestinian teachers end strike; Jonathan Lis - Haaretz - Border cops charged with beating Palestinian in Old City7/11/2006
The Shoes : a checkpoint storyNassar Ibrahim - Writing Palestine - Words Without Borders 7/11/2006
IOF Kill a Palestinian Child and Injure 7 Others, including a Girl, in a Failed Extra-judicial Execution Attempt Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 7/11/2006
Beit Hanoun: A People`s Will vs. an Army`s ArsenalRami Almeghari -- IMEMC -- "Beit Hanoun has been exposed to several Israeli army attacks since the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising in September 2000, including `Operation Rainbow` in 2004, `Operation Summer Rains` from June to October of this year, currently `Operation Autumn Clouds`, and who knows what euphemistic name will be chosen next…?"6/11/2006
IDF soldier lightly hurt in north Gaza suicide attackAmos Harel -- Haaretz -- "The army said that the woman, who was wearing an explosive device, blew herself up near to the troops after they became suspicious of her and called on her to stop. Soldiers have been operating in the town since last Wednesday, in an effort to curb Qassam rocket fire on southern Israel. At least 49 Palestinians and an IDF soldier have been killed since the start of the operation"6/11/2006
Israeli fighter jets strike children on way to school; 15-year old killed, teacher critically injuredMa`an News Agency -- "an Israeli jet fired a rocket at a car carrying Palestinians, including some Palestinian fighters. The rocket missed the car and hit the children who were on their way to their school. Ramzi Sharafi, 15, was killed and eight others were injured, including a female teacher whose wounds are said to be critical"6/11/2006
Israeli settlers chase families off their Nablus land while soldiers stand byInternational Solidarity Movement -- "This morning the farmers had to begin their work by picking up all the olives that settlers had thrown across the ground the previous night. They had only harvested for about forty minutes, when two soldiers approached and told them that `there is no coordination today, come back tomorrow`”6/11/2006
National unity rises from destruction as Israeli attack on northern Gaza Strip leaves over 50 deadWisam Afifeh -- PNN -- "On the sixth day of the Israeli air and land invasion of northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, 19 year old Mohammad Ahmed Ashour died from injuries sustained. Israeli forces have now killed 53 Palestinians and injured 250. [...] Medical sources report that most people injured and killed have arrived to area hospitals `in pieces` or with `amputated limbs`”6/11/2006
Olmert to press on with Gaza offensiveRory McCarthy -- The Guardian -- EU says `disproportionate response` not justified · Incursions fail to thwart rockets as death toll rises6/11/2006
2 Nov. 2006: Who does the Prime Minister consider to be a terrorist? B`Tselem - Israeli Information Center for human Rights in the Occupied Territories - "On October 30, Israel `s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reportedly told the Knesset Security and Foreign Affairs Committee that in the past three months, the Israeli military has killed 300 "terrorists" in the Gaza Strip in its war against terror groups. According to B`Tselem`s investigation, the IDF did indeed kill 294 Palestinians in Gaza since the abduction of Cpl. Gilad Shalit on June 26 and until October 27. However, over half of those killed – 155 people, including 61 children – did not participate in the fighting when they were killed."5/11/2006
Pummeling the victimRima Merriman - The Electronic Intifada - "The terrible imbalance of power between the Israelis and Palestinians makes it impossible for Israel, regardless of which government is in power, to deal with the Palestinians in any way except through a lens of assumed moral, cultural, and racial superiority."5/11/2006
Snapshots Without PicturesJerry Levin - CPT - From The Inside Looking Out: Report 71 - pictures from the daily life in occupied Hebron.5/11/2006
27 Palestinians killed in IDF Gaza raids over weekendAvi Issacharoff and Amos Harel - Haaretz - "11 civilians, including 12-year-old girl, among the dead". And a testimony of a young Palestinian from Beit Hanoun: "They shoot at anything that moves"5/11/2006
Death toll rises to eight in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Palestinian medical and security sources in the Gaza Strip reported that the death toll rose to eight on Wednesday as the Israeli army continued its strikes in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Dozens of residents, including several children were injured. " 2/11/2006
Palestinian emigration on the riseJPOST.COM STAFF - The Jerusalem Post - "Suboh said that some 45,000 additional emigration requests were currently being evaluated by various foreign representatives." 1/11/2006
Killings - comparing the reporting1) Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Number of Palestinian residents killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday arrived to twenty-one residents after the Israeli forces killed on Friday at night twelve residents in several areas of the Gaza Strip, several medics were among the killed. --- 2) Josh Brannon - Jerusalem Post - An IDF non-commissioned officer was seriously wounded during operations [sic!] in the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported Saturday. According to the reports, the soldiers came under a hail of gunfire as they were conducting their operation. During the ensuing clash, a bomb was thrown at them, wounding the officer. 4/11/2006
Til the IDF do us apartAli Waked - Ynet - Saad Banoura from Bethlehem wants to move to US with his American wife, but the IDF is making things difficult. Army won’t give Banoura permit to enter East Jerusalem so he can be interviewed for visa at US consulate. Meanwhile, his wife’s visa is about to expire4/11/2006
When reaching one`s lands becomes resistance to the occupationAli Samoudi - PNN - The farmer, forced to travel four hours to reach lands which are very near his home, said “Despite all kinds of oppression we will lay down on the ground. I insist on keeping my land and cultivating it. They want to pressure us to abandon our land and succumb to the policy of fait accompli.” 4/11/2006
At least 39 Palestinians including children killed, 150 injured since Wednesday Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Dr. Hassanen added that the army invading Beit Hanoun is not allowing the ambulances and medics to transfer the casualties to hospitals or any other medical facilities.4/11/2006
Israeli troops open fire on women outside mosque Guardian Unlimited - At least one Palestinian woman was killed and another 10 were reported wounded when Israeli forces today opened fire on a group preparing to act as a human shield for militants in a Gaza mosque. 3/11/2006
Palestinian National Unity Govenment seems closerRashid Hilal/Avi Issacharoff and Amos Harel - PNN/Ha`aretz - Palestinian Legislative Council deputy Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, somewhat involved in the national unity government dialogue between Prime Minister Haniya and President Abbas says that within days a new Prime Minister will be nominated. However, he said that forming a unity government will still take weeks. 10/11/2006
Twilight Zone / Not without my daughterGideon Levy - Haaretz - " Tears choke the bystander`s throat. Maria Aman, five years old, is totally paralyzed from the neck down and on a respirator. She has been here for exactly five months, at the Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem - a magical institution where unfortunate children who are in Maria`s situation for the rest of their lives are taught, among other things, to feed a parrot with their mouths. Israel Air Force pilots` courses should include a visit to Alyn,"10/11/2006
Human Rights Violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory 2-8.Nov.Palestinian Centre for Human Rights - - "86 Palestinians, 52 of whom including 16 children and 10 women are civilians, were killed by IOF. 70 of the victims killed by IOF in Beit Hanoun and other areas in the northern Gaza Strip. 17 of the victims, most of them are children and women, are from one same family and were killed when IOF shelled their house."10/11/2006
Palestinian man kidnapped, beaten, and later released from Israeli army baseChristian Peacemaker Teams Hebron - Around 7:50 p.m., armed men pulled a Palestinian man from the car in which he was riding and drove away with him. 3/11/2006
Israeli killings resume in Gaza Stripal-Jazeera - Witnesses said soldiers, backed by tanks and using loudspeakers, ordered all residents over 16 years of age in the town to present themselves at a school for questioning. 3/11/2006
Seven die in Israeli raid on Gaza BBC - Seven Palestinians have been killed in northern Gaza on the second day of a major Israeli operation, hospital officials say.3/11/2006
IOF continues offensive on Beit Hanoun town for 2nd consecutive dayPalestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR/Gaza) - 12 Palestinians Killed, at Least 50 Others Wound and Civilian Facilities Destroyed 3/11/2006
Third party neededRon Pundak - Ynet/Yediot Ahronot - "According to Barak, the Palestinians didn`t have a basis for demanding 100 percent of the West Bank, and therefore the negotiations went round in circles without determining the principle that the Palestinian state would be founded upon implementation of resolution 242 according to the Egyptian precedent, land for peace."3/11/2006
Weekly Report on Human Rights Violations in the Occupied TerritoriesPalestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Escalate Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Threaten to Expand Military Operations in the Gaza Strip3/11/2006
Interview: Yehuda Shaul of Breaking the SilenceChristopher Brown - The Electronic Intifada - "The name Breaking the Silence was apt because what is going in the occupied territories is one of the biggest taboos in Israel. "It`s like the thing you never talk about," says Shaul. "It`s the dirt from the backyard that you do everything to keep in the backyard. The last thing you want is that this dirt will come to the front."" 2/11/2006
Israel Plunges Gaza Into Darkness, Deprivation and DespairMohammed Omer - Washington Report on Middle East Affairs - "During the late June invasion conducted on the pretext of rescuing a captured Israeli soldier, but which Israeli sources now confirm was planned more than two months earlier, Israeli F-16s took out a civilian target—Gaza’s main power plant—leaving over one million people without electricity." 2/11/2006
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