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Life under occupation

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Emerging humanitarian risksUN/OCHA - the humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is deteriorating, UN agencies warn28/2/2006
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Poisoning Livestock: A New Systematic Policy of Settlers in the Hebron Area Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - "Settler destruction of Palestinian crops and olive groves and the attack on the Palestinian harvest are well known. The strategy of poisoning Palestinian livestock represents an escalation in attacks on the Palestinian way of life."27/2/2006
Israeli artillery continues bombarding GazaXinhua - "Israeli forces stationed at the borders between northern Gaza and Israel continued firing artillery shells at northern and eastern Gaza on Monday." 27/2/2006
15 Residents of Bodros village injured, two arrested in late-night Israeli invasionIMEMC and Agencies26/2/2006
Where Do you Draw the Line?Esti Tsal - YNET - "Why do we stand at the checkpoints? To know more than we are told. So as not to say we didn`t know. To protest. To tell the untold story, to document and disseminate that which most of us prefer to not to see in our daily routine. Esti Tsal, one of the curators of the exhibition "Endless Checkpoints" that opens today, writes about the activity of Machsomwatch women." 26/2/2006
Israeli forces raid JerichoAljazeera - "Israeli occupation forces have swarmed into the normally peaceful southern West Bank town of Jericho arresting two Palestinians. About 18 military Jeeps backed by two helicopters pushed into the desert oasis town and arrested Sami Arkelan, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs` Brigades. "26/2/2006
Israel plans West Bank roads just for PalestiniansDan Williams - Reuters - "Palestinians condemned the idea as a form of apartheid and said the initiative appeared aimed at cementing the Jewish state`s hold on occupied land that they want for a state. " 25/2/2006
Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle against the separation fence continue in Bil`in, Abud, Beit-Sira 24-02-06Ilan S. - "The inflammation occurred in Beit-Sira... When the march arrived near its destination, the state forces made a line the demo people confronted. rough pushes as the first step. Shock and tear gas grenades from one side and stones from the other. And escalation to shower of rubber bullets causing lot of damage. About 6 Palestinians and one Israeli were rushed to treatment in hospitals."25/2/2006
The noose of occupationRima Merriman - The Jordan Times - "A glance at the "daily security updates" shows that all the action is happening in the "territories", not in Israel."24/2/2006
Weekly briefing notes of OCHA 15-21 February 2006 on the Occupied TerritoriesUN - Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (download pdf file 126KB). Four children killed. Military operation in Balata and Nablus. Nwemeh changed to a permanent checkpoint.24/2/2006
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Escalating violence in the Occupied Territories(1) Palestinian Centre for Human Rights - "Serious Escalation of Israeli War Crimes in Nablus and Balata Refugee Camp: 5 Palestinians killed, 3 in an extra-judicial assassination"; (2) Amos Harel and Arnon Regular - " Abbas: Nablus operation could endanger cease-fire " 24/2/2006
Hundreds Protest Israel`s Isolation of Jordan Valley in Tubas WAFA - "Hundreds of Tubas and al-Aghwar citizens protested Wednesday the Israeli decision to annex the Jordan Valley to Israel." 23/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories 22 February 2006IMEMC, WAFA - Israel destroys US-financed playground; gunmen attack gov`s office in Gaza; two children in Bethlehem arrested; toddler hurt by schrapnel; Bethlehem child sentenced; house, chicken-coop demolished; many detained at Tayasser checkpoint; shelling of northern Gaza Strip; arrest of Qabatya resident; six arrested throughout West Bank; Israeli Palestinian shot by resistance; demonstration at Tubas23/2/2006
The story of the trees reported by Adam Keller - The idea was: as Olive Harvest Coalition to do something about the Palestinian loss of olive trees - replanting saplings for all the trees uprooted on behalf of the notorious wall, and for the trees destroyed overnight by malicious settlers. With money raised in an international campaign, and with hundreds of old and young activists from all over the country taking part thousands of trees were planted on this Saturday alone. Activists from Tel-Aviv and Haifa went to Kaffin; the Jerusalemites with an addition from Be`er Sheva to the South Hebron Hills.19/2/2006
Fax the Jerusalem mayor to prevent DemolitionRabbis for Human Rights - The hearing on their appeal of the new demolition order for the rebuilt Dari home would be on Tuesday, February 21st. Up to now the Municipality has been unwilling to cancel the order voluntarily.19/2/2006
Retarded Palestinians gunned down this week(1) " Israeli troops kill Palestinian boy" - Aljazeera - "The victim had wandered out into the streets with a stick in his hand which the Israelis appeared to have mistaken for a weapon." (2) Laila El-Haddad in Gaza - Aljazeera - "Israeli occupation forces have shot an unarmed, mentally impaired Palestinian man at close range near the Gaza border fence, Palestinian and Israeli sources say." 18/2/2006
Yannun - Tuesday 15.2.06David Nir - "A delegation of five RHR activists, we arrived at Yannun at 08:30 and were in Waddi Yannun at about 09:30..."18/2/2006
Palestinians face Israeli economic blockadeHarvey Morris - The Financial Times - "PA finance officials warned the territories were facing an economic disaster. " 18/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 16 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Palestinian Non-violence advocate on Trial; Israeli forces shell areas east of Gaza City; Army abuses residents at a random checkpoint near; One mentally challenged resident injured by the army fire; Four Palestinians arrested at Sofia border crossing south of Gaza; Army arrests one resident north of Qalqilia; 16/2/2006
Keep PA laborers outHanan Greenberg - YNET - Security officials recommend series of moves to be adopted in wake of Hamas` elections victory, including denial of entry permits to Palestinian laborers, curbs on fund transfers, and prevention of movement from Gaza to West Bank. 16/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 15 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Prisoners sentenced; army increases presence in Hebron; undercover arrest in Jenin; army deploys in Nabi Elias; Palestinians fire shells at Ashkelon; DFLP fires shells from Gaza; Palestinian security disarms explosive in Nablus; 17 arrested in WB; Israel kills mentally-deranged citizen15/2/2006
B`Tselem research shows that Israel has effectively annexed the Jordan Valley B`Tselem Press Release14/2/2006
Gaza woman shot killed by Israeli military fire in the Gaza Strip Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies 14/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 13 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - 10 residents injured In Beit Sera; Four arrested, five children injured in Hebron area; ICAHD: 94 Structures Demolished in East Jerusalem in 2005; Extended Family isolated behind the Wall; Army distributes anti–resistance leaflets; Army shoots and injures four youth near Qalqilia;Settlers attack Palestinian farmers; During pre-dawn invasion, army arrests one resident of Beit Sahour; Four arrested near Tulkarem; Army arrests six residents in Jenin; Settlers sprayed defamatory slogans on the wall of a mosque east of Qalqilya13/2/2006
A Gaza of Despair and Distress Roni Shaked - Yedioth Ahronoth - "Gaza has remained the same Gaza after the evacuation of Gush Katif. Nothing has changed there with regard to the economic distress, high unemployment, overcrowding, anarchy, together with longing for Tel Aviv and hatred of Israel."13/2/2006
Settlers sprayed defamatory slogans on the wall of a mosque east of QalqilyaMahsom - Editors - In the morning hours three settlers went to a mosque in the village of Nabi Ilyas, east of Qalqilya, and sprayed defamatory slogans in Hebrew, comparing the Prophet Muhammad to a pig12/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 12 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Several Citizens Wounded by Israeli Armi in Qalqilya; Army Arrests 5 Citizens in WB; Mock Air Raids (sonic bombing) on GS; Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing Reopened; Leader of the Al Quds Brigades in Jenin survives an assassination attempt; 12/2/2006
Hebron Release: Good Samaritan alive and well in Hebron Jerry Levin - CPT Hebron - Earlier in the week, CPT got a call that no one was expecting. In a very cordial voice, a Palestinian man asked "Is there a person named Sarah missing a computer?" 12/2/2006
An open letter to the Europeaid Office in Brussels Forty Palestinian filmmakers and cultural workers signed a letter addressed to Ms. Catherine Colomb-Nancy at the Europeaid Office in Brussels regarding their concerns about the Euromed Audiovisual II Project and suggested a meeting in which they could exchange views about the proposal.12/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 11 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - The Al Quds Brigades fires two shells at Sderot; Palestinian worker killed in border tunnel after Egyptians fire gas; 13 year old child arrested in Bethlehem; Five residents injured two arrested in Jerusalem; Resident arrested at Huwwara checkpoint; Soldiers close the tunnel road in Beit Jala, arrest two youth; 11/2/2006
UN Blames Israel for Palestinian Impoverishment IMEMC & Agencies - "In a report released late Thursday, the United Nations Special Coordinator (UNSCO)`s office revealed that Palestinian poverty and unemployment have skyrocketed due to Israeli occupation and closure."11/2/2006
On targeted assassinationsPCHHR: During the week 2-8.2.06 IOF committed 5 extra-judicial executions, including 4 in the Gaza Strip. Eleven Palestinians, including a civilian bystander, were killed, and 5 others, including 3 children, were injured. Saed Bannoura- IMEMC & Agencies - "Saturday morning, Israeli soldiers invaded the Jenin refugee camp an attempted to assassinate Ashraf Al Saadi, leader of the Al Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad.". And an Open Letter by human rights groups: The policy of targeted assassination "not only circumvents the fundamental right to due process but also risks the further destabilisation of an already volatile political situation." 11/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 10 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Jeep damaged in explosion near Nablus; Total closure on Jerusalem, baning Muslims from praying at Al Aqsa Mosque; Seven people arrested accross the WB; One person arrested in Obadia during pre-dawn invasion; Four residents arrested from Nablus in an invasion of the city; Bank accounts of Palestinian Authority corruption suspects frozen; 10/2/2006
Ongoing Israeli Assassinations by Missile said to be `Baiting` Palestinian militants IMEMC & Agencies - While the Israeli government refuses all contact with the future democratically elected Palestinian government, it has returned to its policy of assassination, targeting alleged Palestinian terrorists without trial or formal accusations, killing 13 this week in aerial missile attacks. 10/2/2006
2 Palestinian fighters die in Gaza clashAl-Jazeera - "The Israeli army said three armed Palestinians attacked the Erez checkpoint between Israel and Gaza before daybreak on Thursday, the latest in an escalating series of violent incidents in the volatile territory. 9/2/2006
Israelis kill Palestinian militant in GazaAgence France Presse - GAZA CITY, Feb 8 2006-- A Palestinian militant was shot dead on Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire with Israeli troops in the central Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources said. 8/2/2006
News flashes from the Occupied Palestinian Territories 8 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Edited by Mark Marshall - Palestinian sentenced to 30 years; undercover soldiers arrest two in Bethlehem; nine arrested throughout the West Bank; Nablus resident sentenced to 16 months; seven wounded in Dora; youth wounded in Hebron; UN S-G raises concerns over targeted killings; 8/2/2006
Kafer Dan Village Mayor and his family arrested after speaking to media Ghassan Bannoura and Agencies - During an early Tuesday morning invasion of the village of Kafer Dan, near the West Bank city of Jenin, the Israeli army arrested the Mayor of the village, Moustafa Ashour and his three sons.7/2/2006
3 Palestinians extra-judicially executed by IOFPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Jabalya, fired an artillery shell at a civilian car (a white Hyundai), which was traveling on a dirt road near Hammouda fuel station8/2/2006
Hebron Reflection: "Mother, may I?"Bourke Kennedy - Christian Peacemaker Team - reflections from Hebron 7/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 7 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Israeli Airforce strikes again: Palestinian killed in Gaza; Qassam shell lands in Sderot; Israeli artillery fired artillery rounds towards an area in Beit Hanoun; Army Arrests Father and his 3 Sons in Jenin; Army injures 15 year old child in Gaza; Citizen Dies of Wounds in Hospital; Army uproots 160 olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers in Hebron; Army invades the industrial zone in Jenin; One Jihad man killed, 4 injured, 2 soldiers wounded in Nablus invasion; 7/2/2006
Detainees in Gush Azion facing daily violationsSaed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies - "Lawyer of the Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Hasan Al Sheikh, visited on Tuesday several detainees in Gush Azion detention facility who informed him of daily violations carried by the soldiers. The detention facility is run by the Israeli army since it is located inside a military camp; therefore it is not monitored by any international humanitarian organization."7/2/2006
Two fighters assassinated in GazaSaed Bannoura- IMEMC & Agencies - " Al Aqsa Brigades said that the two fighters were among its prominent figures. "We will retaliate, our response will shake the grounds underneath the enemy", the brigades stated, "These assassinations will not pass unpunished". The Israeli army confirmed carrying the assassination and claimed that the attack was carried out as part of "the efforts to halt the firing of homemade shells"."7/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories 6 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - IOF Wounds 2 Citizens, Arrests 12; Palestinian resistance fires six home made shells towards Israeli targets; Elderly Palestinian man seriously injured by unidentified gunman in Bethlehem; Army invades Bethlehem, arrests one resident; Israeli army invades Jenin; firing on Haifa St.; Israeli artillery shells Gaza 6/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 4 - 5 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Three killed, eight injured in Gaza air strike; Seven residents arrested north of the West Bank; 15 years old Palestinian sentenced to six years; Army arrests two residents in Beit Forik; One resident arrested near Bethlehem; Army tightens closure, military procedures at Nablus checkpoints; Palestinian police officer abducted in Gaza; IOF Arrests 4 Citizens in WB; 5/2/2006
Where the Sidewalk EndsLaila El-Haddad - The Electronic Intifada - "I hadn`t been to Erez in a while, namely because there is no point. I am forbidden from entering the West Bank based on the arbitrary decision of some official in the Israeli security matrix. Or maybe not so arbitrary. Because obviously with a pen in one hand, a dirty diaper in the other, I am a very real and potent threat to the Israeli security establishment." 4/2/2006
Tanks in a wheat fieldArt Gish - CPT - "Soon I heard the noise of tanks in the distance, and to my horror saw six Israeli tanks buzzing around in that 250-acre wheat field, throwing up huge clouds of dust. Back and forth, round and round they went. My Jinba friends told me the Israeli military has been doing this for the past twelve years. "4/2/2006
Updates of the International Solidarity Movement1. A Call From Hebron; 2. Gaza, Elections, and Democracy; 3. Close Encounter of a Settler Kind; 4. Poems against the Occupation; 5. Palestinians Unite Again to Appeal for the Release of the Peace Activists held Hostage in Iraq; 6.Bili`n on the streets of Tel Aviv; 7.High Court Wants Answers from the State; Bil`in Decision Coming Soon; 8.Palestine Solidarity Activist Fined; Pie in the Face Humor not Appreciated 4/2/2006
World Bank withholds December payment to P.A Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies -"The World bank said on Wednesday that it withheld December payment to the Palestinian Authority from a multi-donor reform fund because; according to the World Bank, the Palestinian Authority (P.A) did not fulfill reform goals."1/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories 1 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Resident arrested in Tulkarem; four arrested in Bethlehem; two killed near Jenin; Nablus resident sentenced to 22 years; three arrested near Salfit; house demolition in Walaja 2/2/2006
Israeli soldiers kill two Palestiniansal-Jazeera, Agencies - Two Palestinians have been killed in a shootout with Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank1/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 3 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Residents of Bil`in village and peace activists protest against the Wall; Child injured during a protest against the Wall; Settlers attack, wound a resident in Hebron; Israeli military court sentences a resident to 16 months; Two arrested at Nablus checkpoint; Protesting the Israeli closure, farmers destroy two tons of vegetables in Gaza; Israeli forces arrest two Palestinians from Huwara Checkpoint, south of Nablus; 3/2/2006
Cash-poor Palestinians unable to pay workers AP/Reuters - The International Herald Tribune - AMALLAH, West Bank The Palestinian Authority will delay paying the January salaries of 137,000 employees for at least two weeks because of a severe post-election budget crunch, a senior Palestinian official said Thursday. 3/2/2006
Gaza closure chocking Palestinians Laila El-Haddad in Gaza - Al-Jazeera - The continued closure of Gaza`s commercial lifeline is causing a humanitarian and economic crisis in the Gaza Strip, UN, Palestinian and Israeli human rights organisations say. 3/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 2 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Army Arrests 16 Citizens in WB; Palestinian sentenced to five years in Israeli prison; Palestinian resistance shells Israeli targets from the Gaza strip; Army arrests PA security officer near Bethlehem; 2/2/2006
Gaza `faces crisis` over closure of crossing into IsraelDonald Macintyre - The Independent - "The UN has warned international donor countries that Gaza is threatened with mounting and serious economic and humanitarian problems because of the fortnight-long closure of the key Karni crossing into Israel"2/2/2006
Who really controls the Rafah crossing? Kate - ISM - those attempting to pass the Rafah crossing continue to face restrictions and obstacles despite the "disengagement". 15/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 14 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Israeli soldiers shoot student in face; P.A security officer killed by friendly fire in Ramallah; Undercover Israeli army unit invades Bethlehem, injures one, arrests three; After five years in detention, Blind prisoner released; Settlers attack homes in Khirbet Tana village; Israel extends the detention of PLC member; Army arrests six residents following an invasion to Nablus; Israeli Army invaded Jenin and Tubas; Gazan woman shot and killed by Israeli military fire in the Gaza Strip; ; ; 14/2/2006
OPT: Above $1 billion losses of agricultural sector until end of 2005 GAZA,PNA - The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday disclosed that the losses which hit the agricultural sector in the Palestinian territories in the period (September 28, 2000 until the end of December 2005) reached approximately $ 1billion. 10/2/2006
UN: Measures needed to alleviate economic hardship in the West Bank UN report - Improving infrastructure, gaining greater access to markets and diversifying economic activity are among the measures recommended in a United Nations report issued today aimed at helping to alleviate the economic hardship faced by Palestinians in the West Bank. 10/2/2006
News Flashes from the Occupied Territories - 9 February 2006IMEMC and WAFA - Israeli military invades Bethlehem, arrests one; Fatah militants storm the ministry of finance in Gaza; Citizen Killed another Wounded in GS; Extremist Colonizers Assault Family in Hebron; 35 Patients from the GS Banned Access to Israeli Hospitals; Army invades Qafeen village and arrests two residents; Army invades Qalqilia, arrests five; Army arrests two people in Yata, north of Hebron; At dawn Army arrests 17 Palestinians in the West Bank; 9/2/2006
Israeli violations of international law continued in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) during the reporting period (2 - 8 February 2006):Palestinian Centre for Human Rights - "IOF have continued to impose a tightened siege on Palestinian communities in the West Bank. They have imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank."9/2/2006
Watchdog demands IDF probe deaths of two Palestinian kidsAssociated Press - " An international watchdog group demanded that the Israeli military investigate the shooting to death of two Palestinian children in recent weeks, according to a statement issued Wednesday."9/2/2006
Israeli tank shells northeastern Gaza, killing another Palestinian Maannews - "An Israeli tank shelled the northeastern Gaza Strip near the Beit Hanoun / Erez Crossing, killing one Palestinian and injuring another." 9/2/2006
Under the Guise of Security: Routing the Separation Barrier to Enable Israeli Settlement Expansion in the West Bank Btselem, Joint report with Bimkon - Planners for Planning Rights - The report shows that not only were security-related reasons of secondary importance in certain locations, in cases when they conflicted with settlement expansion, the planners opted for expansion, even at the expense of compromised security. 21/2/2006
Hebron reflection: sharing storiesBill Baldwin - Christian Peacemaker Teams - Israelis and Palestinians sometimes show a surprising honesty in telling their own story as well as a sensitivity to the pain of those on the other side of the conflict21/2/2006
Hebron Release: Israeli army stepping up harassment in Hebron. Barbara Martens, Sonya Robins - Christian Peacemaker Teams - As threatened, after the Hamas victory in last month`s Palestinian National Legislative Council elections, the Israeli army is stepping up its capricious harassment of daily life in the West Bank21/2/2006
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