|Life under occupation|
|Deputy director of the independent PCHR : ‘Even our homes are not safe. There’s nowhere safe in Gaza’||"the local radio station announced that the home of my cousin, Hassan Wishah, had been targeted and bombed. A missile had hit the lower floor of his building while he and his family were inside. He lived next to our evacuated house...The outside world rightfully wants to know what is going on in Gaza, and I too want to know. Gaza has become a collection of isolated areas, where people are trapped in their homes for fear of being out on the streets".||31/12/2008|
|Gazan doctor: People dying due to lack of equipment ||Daniel Edelson -
""In the past day, 22 children and nine women arrived in the hospital and died of their wounds. Some 150 children and 73 women were injured, and all this only in the last 24 hours.""
| Why would Israel bomb a university?||Akram Habeeb -
As a Fulbright scholar and professor of American literature at the Islamic University of Gaza ...When I learned that Israel had bombed my university with American-made F-16s, I realized that its "target bank" had gone bankrupt. "||31/12/2008|
| Israel vows to continue war on Gaza||Aljazeera - "Israel has warned that the onslaught in the Gaza Strip could last for "weeks" as the fourth consecutive day of aerial attacks targeted Hamas government buildings.
More than 360 people have been killed, including at least 61 women and children, and local hospitals have warned they are unable to cope with any more casualties."||30/12/2008|
|"They are wrong to think we are the terrorists" ||Eman Mohammed - EI - "Meanwhile, the madness continued. Children ran hysterically in the streets as all of Gaza was on fire -- literally. Al-Shifa Hospital was a terrifying scene where body upon body lay on the floor, as there was no more space for the dead in the morgue. I couldn`t bring myself to take a picture. I stared for a very long time at the faces of the martyrs; I was acquainted with some and had worked with others"||30/12/2008|
|Israel intensfies Gaza assault ||Al Jazeera - "With the Israeli assault entering its fourth straight day on Tuesday, at least 350 people have been killed, many of them civilians, and local hospitals have warned they are unable to cope with any more casualties"||30/12/2008|
| Israel in `all-out war` with Hamas||Al-Jazeera -
Palestinian medical sources say at least 345 Gazans have been killed and another 1,450 wounded in three consecutive days of Israeli bombardment in the heavily-populated territory."||29/12/2008|
|Fresh Israeli Strike Kills Five Sisters||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "The Israeli Army is still ongoing with its offensive against the residents of the Gaza Strip. A recent air raid killed on Monday at dawn five sisters, all children, increasing th death toll since Saturday to more than 305 Palestinians, nearly 1000 have also been wounded"||29/12/2008|
|Gaza braces for all-out war||Aljazeera - "Israeli forces have been massing on the border of the Gaza Strip as warplanes and helicopter gunships continue to pound the territory.
In the latest attacks, Israeli aircraft bombed the Islamic university and government buildings in Gaza City."||29/12/2008|
|Two Palestinians killed near Ramallah in clashes with Israel||Ma`an||29/12/2008|
|Testimony from Gaza 27 December 2008||Safa Joudeh - I`ve never seen anything like this. ... There are piles and piles of bodies in the locations that were hit. As you look at them you can see that a few of the young men are still alive, someone lifts a hand here, and another raise his head there. They probably died within moments because their bodies are burned, most have lost limbs, some have their guts hanging out and they`re all lying in pools of blood.||28/12/2008|
|"An earthquake on top of your head": the bombing of Gaza||Eyad al-Serraj - Counterpunch - The bombing went on for about 10 minutes. It was like an earthquake on top of your head. The windows were shaking and squeaking. My 10-year-old was terrified, he was jumping from one place to another trying to hide. I held him tight to my chest and tried to give him some security and reassure him. My 12-year-old was panicking and began laughing hysterically, it`s not normal. I held her hand and calmed her and told her she would be safe. My wife was panicking. She was running around the apartment looking for somewhere to hide.||28/12/2008|
|Media Release: International witnesses speak out from Gaza on Israeli atrocities||"At the time of the attacks I was on Omar Mukhtar street and witnessed a last rocket hit the street 150 meters away where crowds had already gathered to try to extract the dead bodies. Ambulances, trucks, cars - anything that can move is bringing injured to the hospitals. Hospitals have had to evacuate sick patients to make room for the injured." "Israeli missles tore through a children`s playground and busy market in Diere Balah, we saw the aftermath - many were injured and some reportedly killed..."||27/12/2008|
|Gazans: Israel violated the truce||Al Jazeera spoke to residents of the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza about the truce, its effects, and whether it should be renewed.||27/12/2008|
|If Gaza falls . . .||Sara Roy - London Review of Books - "How can keeping food and medicine from the people of Gaza protect the people of Israel? How can the impoverishment and suffering of Gaza’s children – more than 50 per cent of the population – benefit anyone? International law as well as human decency demands their protection. If Gaza falls, the West Bank will be next."||27/12/2008|
|The sad exodus of Christians from the birthplace of Jesus||Kim Sengupta and Donald Macintyre - The Independent||27/12/2008|
|Palestinians reporting from the Gaza Strip: shortage of bread||From The Electronic Intifada (1) No bread in Gaza - Rami Almeghari; (2) Hunger before the storm - Sameh A. Habeeb||27/12/2008|
|Hundreds die in Israel raid on Gaza||Aljazeera - "At least 220 Palestinians, including women and children, have been killed in an Israeli aerial bombardment on Hamas security installations.
Israel launched air attacks across the besieged Gaza Strip on Saturday, threatening that further operations would be carried out.
Emergency services said that at least 700 people had been wounded."||27/12/2008|
|Israel opens Gaza crossings||Nidal al-Mughrabi - Reuters - The Independent||27/12/2008|
| Gaza Voices, American Silence||By Kenneth Ring -
Desertpeace - "it feels like the international community has turned a blind eye to the reality that is Gaza, and as long as Israel is allowing some food in and hasn’t completely cut off electricity or gas…and as long as we are kept alive, no one will ask about us.
But just because we are breathing, that doesn’t mean we’re alive."||27/12/2008|
| Ready to fire||Saleh Al-Naami examines the prospects for Gaza after the ending of the ceasefire with Israel -
|The IDF prepares to receive thousands of terrorist-prisoners||Amir Bukhbut - transl. from NRG - more on Occupation "justice" system. "New apparatus to keep the detainee away from
|Child labour in Jewish settlements||Mondial News-"For the 9,400 Israeli settlers of the 38 settlements in this area living here is desirable, because the authorities give subsidies and tax reductions. The poor Palestinian villages scattered around the settlements deliver with their 47,000 inhabitants a cheap labour force."||26/12/2008|
|Christmas under Occupation ||Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh -
Palestine Chronicle -
"Israel`s desire to acquire maximum geography with minimum Palestinian demography is the root of the suffering afflicting the Holy Land." ||24/12/2008|
|Crushing Gaza for Christmas ||Stuart Littlewood -
Palestine Chronicle -
"If our thoughts are not with the children of Gaza – Muslim and Christian alike - at this season of goodwill, they ought to be."||24/12/2008|
|Israel revokes visitation rights to Palestinian detainees in Ofer Prison||Saed Bannoura -
"The father added that the Prison Services cancelled the visiting in order to prevent the families from seeing their wounded sons." ||24/12/2008|
|In West Bank, glimmers of an economic revival||Isabel Kershner and Ethan Bronner -
"The Palestinians say that a sound economy alone will not bring peace, that the conflict requires a political solution."
|Palestinian prisoners in Ofer Prison near Ramallah are tortured - 3 reports || Wafa -
Ofer Prison Administration Deprives 400 Palestinian Prisoners from Visits ,IOF Handcuffs 88 Palestinians Prisoners in Ofer Israeli Prison ,
Al Jazeera- Clashes erupt in Israeli-run prison||23/12/2008|
|West Bank crossings trade warning||
BBC News -
The Palestinian West Bank economy will not prosper unless Israel speeds passage at goods crossings and eases restrictions, the World Bank has said.
It highlighted obstacles faced by West Bank Palestinians trying to export goods to Israel and overseas.
These include a network of checkpoints and the transfer system for crossing the newly-built West Bank barrier.
|Israeli troops seize at least ten Palestinians in West Bank raids|| ||22/12/2008|
|Gaza near to collapse as Israel tightens grip, says bank||Toni O`Loughlin - The Guardian - "Israel has been unable to find a lasting military solution to years of rocket fire from Gaza, and a series of reports from the World Bank suggests its policy of blockading the coastal area to break Hamas`s control has not only failed but is now jeopardising the US-backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank"||22/12/2008|
|Israel Launches Global PR Campaign Ahead of Gaza Invasion||AntiWar - Israeli Envoys Instructed to Shore Up International Support for Attack||22/12/2008|
|Spy tactics||Saleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram - Israel`s attempts to take advantage of the destitution it creates include bribing Palestinians to spy on Palestinians. Those who refuse starve or die||22/12/2008|
|Life behind the Green Line||Link to the first in a series of audio programmes by Comment is Free (The Guardian) writers. Seth Freedman hears how Palestinians in the West Bank have been affected by Israel`s security wall, and what efforts have been made to find unity in the region... "If there is to be any chance of salvaging what little hope remains for a true, just resolution to the conflict, the yoke of oppression must be lifted from around the necks of those for whom life behind the Green Line is nothing more than an interminably bleak and cruel existence at present."||20/12/2008|
|Israeli shelling kills a Palestinian in northern Gaza ||DPA -
M & C -
"Hamas and other militant groups said earlier that they won`t extend the truce for another six months unless Israel keeps Gaza crossings opened and stops military operations into the poor enclave." ||18/12/2008|
|Army Invades Several Areas in Bethlehem, Officials Angered by Pre-Christmas Invasion||Saed Bannoura -
"Israel increased the restrictions and attacks in the area while the residents are preparing for Christmas, despite the hardships inflicted by the occupation."
|UNRWA suspends food distribution in Gaza||UNRWA -
"All crossings for goods into the Strip are closed and no humanitarian supplies, fuel and other needed commodities are being allowed to enter.
|Israeli aircraft launch air strikes in Gaza||Ron Ben-Yishai -
"The strikes caused extensive material damage but no injuries, witnesses and medical sources said."
|Israeli High Court Sentences PLC Head to 36 Months||Saed Bannoura -
"Dr. Dweik is expected to be released after six months, as he was kidnapped by the Israeli army, along with dozens of elected legislators and officials, in August of 2006."
|Israeli Settler Indicted for Assaulting and Kidnapping Palestinian Child||Justin Theriault -
"The settler then ripped off the young child’s shirt and used it to blindfold him, while continuing with the vicious assault."
|IDF kills senior Islamic Jihad member ||Ali Waked -
"This incident may hamper the talks for the renewal of the lull, which will be officially over in the coming weekend." ||16/12/2008|
|The Order to Destroy has been given||Mats Svensson -
A Letter -
"Yes we can, means something different to what they had thought this morning. Now it means to destroy, dominate, take over, demolish, create despair, humiliate, be in control, be in the center." ||16/12/2008|
|News||(1) Palestinian Child Seriously Wounded in Hebron -
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC; (2) UN secretary-general: End the occupation of Palestine -
Ma`an; (3) Emergency relief to Gaza down 75 percent, UN reports -
Ma`an; (4) States Pose Tough Questions to Israel about its Human Rights Record and Urge It to End the Occupation at UN Universal Periodic Review in Geneva - Adalah News; (5) Israel allows cash into Gaza -
Aljazeera; (6) Gaza Strip banks to remain open through Saturday
- Ma`an; (7)On eve of Quartet meeting Arab League says Arab Initiative remains basis for ‘peace process’ - PNN; ||13/12/2008|
| On life support||Guardian Editorial -
"There is no defence for Hamas` use of rockets against Israeli civilian targets. Making Israeli children cower in concrete shelters is not "resistance". But nor can one justify the policy of keeping 1.5 million Palestinians on life support and then turning the ventilator off from time to time. Even less should it be tolerated by the incoming Obama administration."||13/12/2008|
|Joy is in short supply for Eid||Donald Macintyre -
The Independent -
"Gaza`s blockade means that this is the hardest holiday its people can remember."
"This siege is having a very strong effect on the people but though they say it is against Hamas it is not affecting Hamas at all. The Israelis don`t know what they are doing. Hamas is the only one who is benefiting." ||13/12/2008|
|Qalandian nights and how Umm Sa`id died. links to two new testimonies in mahsanmilim.com||By Aya Kaniuk - "Occasionally they come several times a week, sometimes only once. Always before dawn, usually between 2 and 3 a.m. Sometimes their faces are hooded, or they’re disguised as Arabs, sometimes not. Sometimes they come on foot, quietly, other times in jeeps. Sometimes on their way out of the camp they shoot people, the way they shot
18-year old Tamer Kusba in the back while he was washing the pavement near the supermarket where he worked. Usually they come to arrest people (with or without lists, usually without), who usually end up sitting for months on end in jail without a trial. They always sow destruction inside homes as well, break and shatter things, trash the place, at times under the pretext of looking for weapons, at others – not even that. Sometimes they steal and beat people up. "||13/12/2008|
|Amira Hass returns to Gaza after a two-year absence||Amira Hass - Haaretz||13/12/2008|
|qalandian nights||Aya Kaniuk-Mahsanmilim-"Sometimes on their way out of the camp they shoot people, the way they shot 18-year old Tamer Kusba in the back while he was washing the pavement near the supermarket where he worked. ..Have you seen what’s going on in Hebron?
The police remove the settlers from the houses, then the soldiers and Border Patrolmen help the settlers and beat up Palestinians."||12/12/2008|
|UN attacks Israeli rights `crimes`||Al Jazeera - Israel`s policies against the Palestinians are tantamount to a "crime against humanity", the United Nations` human rights rapporteur has said. Richard Falk said in a statement on Tuesday that the UN must "implement the agreed norm of a responsibility to protect a civilian population being collectively punished by policies that amount to a crime against humanity".||11/12/2008|
|Price-Tag campaign wreaks havoc throughout West Bank||ISM-"In Assira al Qibliya, a village in the southern Nablus region
notorious for attacks by settlers from neighbouring Yizhar settlement,
settlers fire-bombed the Jamal family house, setting fire to various
parts of the house including the bathroom. At approximately 9:20pm on
Thursday night, at least 5 molotov cocktails were thrown at the house...Israeli police, who arrived later at the scene, appeared to do nothing in response to the attacks. "||10/12/2008|
|Israel to Open Commercial Crossings into Gaza after 34 days of near total closure||Justin Theriault - IMEMC/Ma`an - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided on Monday that humanitarian aid will be allowed into the besieged Gaza Strip, after 34 days of near total closure. According to Nasser Serraj, the Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Economy in Gaza, Forty truckloads of food and medical supplies will be allowed through the Kerem Shalom crossing and 30 other trucks loaded with grain will pass through the Karni crossing. [Every time that the situation in Gaza becomes too desperate and draws too much international attention, Barak is easing the pressure just a bit (ed.)].
|Gaza: Silence is not an option||Richard Falk - Ma`an - Karen AbyZayd, who heads the UN relief effort in Gaza, offered first-hand confirmation of the desperate urgency and unacceptable conditions facing the civilian population of Gaza. Although many leaders have commented on the cruelty and unlawfulness of the Gaza blockade imposed by Israel, such a flurry of denunciations by normally cautious UN officials has not occurred on a global level since the heyday of South African apartheid.
|Israeli Navy bars ship sent by Arab leaders and leftist activists from sailing to Gaza|| ||8/12/2008|
|How Gaza gets power||IRIN - EI - "`The power station requires a minimum of 400,000 liters of industrial fuel per day to produce 65MW,` according to OCHA`s al-Bayari, and since 12 November only two shipments of industrial fuel have reached the station -- 440,000 liters on 24 November and 437,000 liters on 26 November"||8/12/2008|
|House torched in the Old City of Hebron||International Solidarity Movement - A Palestinian family of the Old City of Hebron had the top floor of their home torched by a mob of settlers early Saturday morning.||7/12/2008|
|Video of settler shooting two Palestinians||International Solidarity Movement ||7/12/2008|
|Footage shows settlers shooting two Palestinians||Rory McCarthy - The Guardian - An Israeli human rights group released video footage yesterday showing Israeli settlers shooting two Palestinians at close range, hours after police forcibly evicted residents of a controversial settlement house in the occupied West Bank.
|From Gaza||"Gaza reduced to bare survival" - Amnesty International; "Gaza banks forced to shut" - Tobias Buck - Financial Times; "Spy tactics" - on Israel`s attempts to blackmail the ill and bribe the destitute to spy on Palestinians - Saleh Al-Naami - Al Ahram||6/12/2008|
|Israel attempts to avoid court challenge by returning stolen Palestinian fishing boats||ISM-“While the return of 1/4 of Gaza’s trawling fleet after they were stolen by the Israeli navy is a relief to Gaza’s fishermen, the fact that it only took the threat of court action in their own legal system for the boats return demonstrates how baseless Israel’s claim of not occupying Gaza is” ||5/12/2008|
|Bi`lin: Israel`s Wall puts Palestinian farmer and his children in hospital.||Mary Anne Grady Flores and Eyad Bornat-ISM- "While this is a tragic accident, the blame can be laid directly at the feet of Israel`s occupation and land confiscation by the wall, which forces a dangerous burden and risk on Palestinian farmers,"||5/12/2008|
|Gaza Border Crossings are closed for 27th consecutive day||PCHR-Press Release-"The Gaza power plant has been forced to shut down due to lack of fuel, and Gazans are now totally dependent on electricity generated from Israel, and to a lesser extent, from Egypt. There are also chronic severe shortages of domestic cooking gas. Regarding essential food items, IOF have not permitted any consignments of flour to enter the Gaza Strip for one week, and current stocks are sufficient for just less than three days. Five of the six flourmills in the Gaza Strip have been forced to close. "||5/12/2008|
|Palestinian banks in Gaza closed as Israel disallows delivery of funds||Rami Almeghari - IMEMC - The Palestinian Monetary Authority in Gaza announced on Thursday that all Palestinian banks in the Gaza Strip will be forced to shut down due to the authority`s inability to deliver funds to the besieged Gaza Strip.||4/12/2008|
| Gaza:A Bare Life Zone Nearing To A No-Life-Zone||Sameh Habeeb Akram - Countercurrents - Power cuts and daily blackouts resulted in hindering of all facilities depending on power. The remaining power shares provided by Israel and Egypt are not enough to cover the whole coastal strip. Pumped fresh water is not reaching all living places, farms and central water wells. Sewage and treatment water machines are halted. Additionally around 77 million liters of sewage water leak into the Mediterranean contaminating it and damaging fish resources on daily basis.
|Gaza cash drought to delay state wages payment’ ||Jordan Times -
Government employees in Gaza Strip will not receive salaries this month because of a severe cash drought in Palestinian banks there...Israeli blockade had prevented moving enough cash .
|Israeli air raid kills two in Gaza||AL JAZEERA -
Relatives said both the Palestinians killed were civilians and one was aged 15...Mosques desecrated...Jewish settlers desecrated mosques in two villages by spraying graffiti insulting the Prophet Mohammed...Livni criticised.
|Mohammad Abu Thraa - officially pardoned by Israel, shot to death by Israeli soldiers ||Ma’an News Agency - At Midnight on Monday, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man formerly affiliated to the armed wing of Fatah, the Al-Aqsa Brigades, in Balata Refugee Camp, Nablus. Mohammad Abu Thraa was among those who received a formal pardon from Israel in return for spending time in a Palestinian Authority jail. Nevertheless, Israeli forces were tonight sent to his home, and claim they had to kill him "since he resisted arrest". ||2/12/2008|
|Israel to free 250 in bid to bolster Abbas||The Independent - "Israel is to free 250 Palestinian prisoners in a bid to bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his power struggle with Hamas Islamists who control the Gaza Strip"||1/12/2008|
|Jerusalem Regional Master Plan Solidifies Israeli Occupation of the City, Discriminates against Palestinian Resident||AIC - "The current Israeli [Jerusalem Regional Master Plan] proposes, among other elements, a transport and road system. This will lead to a splitting of the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. Moreover, the construction of the road and railway systems would lead to massive expropriation of land from the Palestinian population"||1/12/2008|
|Deaths and no dinner||Saleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram - Electricity cuts in Gaza continue to kill and distort normal life||1/12/2008|
|Gazans increasingly rely on painkiller||Associated Press - YNET - More and more Strip residents – especially young men – use tramadol to forget daily troubles. With smuggling on the rise, black market price set at 50 cents per pill, health officials are concerned||15/12/2008|
|Six Months of “Truce”; 23 Palestinians Killed, 62 Injured and 38 Kidnapped||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC. Also, link to a video "The Gaza Siege"||20/12/2008|
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