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Life under occupation

Empty gestures will not help Abbas Ghassan Khatib - BitterLemons - "The total number of Palestinians to have spent time in Israeli prison is estimated at 700,000, roughly one-fifth of the current Palestinian population of the occupied territories." 28/8/2008
The zoo on the road to Nablus Amelia Thomas - EI - ""Every country has a zoo," he answered at length. "Tell me. Why shouldn`t we?"" 28/8/2008
UNRWA to grant $ 6M to Gaza school studentsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "...there are more than 300 students who are stuck in Gaza, and for the second year cannot reach their universities abroad which is a direct violation to the basic principles of human rights." 28/8/2008
Gaza child celebrates birthday in JaffaAli Waked - Ynet - "Every time I see Maria I try not to cry, because every time you look at her, you see the fate of the children and the two peoples in this country." 28/8/2008
Dr. Ghassan Khaled’s trial : A “hostile witness”Anat Matar - an investigator called “Doron” reported that supposedly Kharaz[witness] incriminated Ghassan Khaled in channelling a specified funding to student members of the Kutla-Islamia. 27/8/2008
West Bank mayor jailed for aiding HamasJoseph Nasr - Reuters - "Hatem Jarrar, 62, was arrested with several other Hamas officials as part of a crackdown on the Islamist group after Gaza militants kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in a cross-border raid in June 2006." 27/8/2008
Out fishing in Gaza! Laila El-Haddad - A Mother from Gaza - "Their fishing vessels are frequently shot at by the Israeli navy, the fishermen themselves harassed, thrown into the water, beaten, detained, and in many cases killed."27/8/2008
46 Patients, including 10 children, died since the truce was declaredSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "...“the health situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate, the siege emptied Gaza hospital and medical centers from the basic medical supplies and equipment”." 27/8/2008
Abbas: “No peace agreement until all detainees are freed”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - 198 detainees were freed under what Israel described as a good-will gesture towards president Abbas. Meanwhile approximately 10.000 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli jail, among them several hundred women and children.26/8/2008
Israeli gesture underway: 198 Palestinian prisoners freedRaanan Ben-Zur - YNET - Before getting on buses at Ofer Prison which will take them to Bitunia crossing, inmates sign commitment to never engage in terror activities again. Prisoners to be greeted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah ceremony25/8/2008
Underground lifelinesSaleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram - Digging tunnels between Gaza and Egypt is the only option for Gazans starved of medicine, fuel and basic supplies25/8/2008
New Stop-Work/Demolition Orders Issued in Beit UmmarCPT-"The Israeli military has demolished at least eight homes in Beit Ummar since CPT started monitoring in 1997. Most of the demolitions were near road 60, the settler bypass road to Jerusalem. All of the demolitions were permit related. (It is almost impossible for Palestinians to get permits in area C, even though they have all of the documents proving ownership.)"22/8/2008
HEBRON REFLECTION: 10 Years Since Demolition of the Jaber HomeCPT-"The harassment of the Jaber family has continued ever since. With help from a lawyer and Israeli friends, the Jabers were finally able to get a permit in April 2000, but the Civil Administration periodically ordered them to stop building. Then in December 2000, settlers from Kiryat Arba occupied their new house for two days. They broke windows, drew graffiti on the walls, stole tools, busted walls, and burned some of the family’s possessions. "22/8/2008
Israel to free longest term Palestinian prisonersDiaa Hadid - The Guardian - Israel`s prisons service said the release would include Said al-Atba, who has served 32 years of a life sentence for planting a bomb, illegal military training and belonging to a banned group. Atba, 57, is the longest serving prisoner held by Israel and he is widely seen by the Palestinian public as a symbol for the prisoners. 21/8/2008
Blocking a Gazan`s Path to San Diego FIDAA ABED - Counterpunch - We Palestinians have been stripped of our land for 60 years. But with educational opportunity we have persevered and made what we could of our lives. Limiting our educational prospects only perpetuates our status as a subordinate people. Nothing is served by confining our best and our brightest to Gaza. A better future for everyone lies in unlocking the gates to Gaza and allowing us to learn and gain exposure to the broader world – with all of the challenges, controversies and diverse perspectives it offers. 21/8/2008
199 Prisoners is Better than None at All Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - Regardless of Israel`s motives behind this so-called goodwill gesture, the Palestinians always welcome the release of any political prisoner from Israeli incarceration. Practically however, 199 prisoners is a drop in the sea of almost 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently held behind Israeli bars. Palestinians have long insisted that the prisoner issue must be at the top of the agenda of any negotiations between themselves and Israel, continuing to demand that all of its political prisoners be released in a final deal. 21/8/2008
Israeli forces shut down three radio stations in Hebron Ma`an - The Israeli army shut down three local radio stations in the West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday, arrested two workers, and confiscated the transmitting equipment of all three staions21/8/2008
IDF to prosecute officer who shot Palestinian teenHanan Greenberg - Ynet News - Judge Advocate General files aggravated assault, breach of protocol charges against lieutenant who severely wounded youth in 2005. Officer faces seven-year prison sentence if convicted 21/8/2008
Half of the detainees Israel intends to release will finish their terms by next yearSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Al Ashqar also said that only two female detainees will be released. Khawla Zeitawi, from Nablus, and Ayaat Dababsa from Hebron. Zeitawi is imprisoned with her child daughter and already served 18 months out of 24. Detainee Ayaat was kidnapped 18 months ago and is only 15 years old; she was sentenced to three years." 20/8/2008
Gaza: of the `commodities allowed entry under the framework of the period of calm` only a trickle got in.PNN - Not allowed in: spare parts for cars, tires and oil for vehicles, household appliances, plastic and raw materials for the food industry. Within the past few days Israeli forces also denied a major shipment of medicines and medical supplies, which are at times allowed.19/8/2008
Barghouthi: Israel detained more than four times the number of Palestinians it released since Annapolis Rula Shahwan - Ma`an/IMEMC - According to former Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouthi, Israel has released 788 prisoners since the re-launch of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations at the Annapolis conference last year, and arrested some 3,700. In the past 24 hours, six Palestinians were reported detailed by Israeli troops in Anabta, two in Nablus, three (on two sepearte occasions) in Hebron, and one in Kuper Village north of Ramallah. 19/8/2008
Death toll of patients prevented from leaving Gaza reaches 237Rula Shahwan - IMEMC - Medical sources reported that Ramada Ghalayini died of cancer as he was banned from leaving the Gaza strip to get the needed medical treatment. 19/8/2008
Israel to free 200 PalestiniansAl Jazeera - “Israel`s cabinet has agreed to release 200 Palestinian prisoners, including two jailed 30 years ago for attacks on Israelis. […] Israel has about 11,000 Palestinians in its jails and their release is a highly emotive issue among Palestinians”18/8/2008
Don`t say we did not know #122ActLeft - The Hushiyya family from the town of Yatta owns 162 dunums (dunum=1000 sq.m.) of land between the settlement Sussya and an outpost called Mitzpe Yair, near the road. Since 2004, the settlers have prevented them from accessing their land.17/8/2008
Israeli soldier beats Palestinian near Hebron checkpointChristian Peacemaker Teams Hebron - An Israeli soldier beat a Palestinian man Thursday night near the Yatta Road checkpoint in Hebron sending him to the hospital with a gash in his forehead, eyewitnesses said.16/8/2008
Hebron update: July 2008Christian Peacemaker Teams Hebron - Another month under siege by settlers in Hebron16/8/2008
Deadly Hamas-Fatah clashes complicate reconciliation effortsORLY HALPERN-Globe and Mail-"The Palestinian state is the casualty of this split," said Ghassan Khatib, vice-president of Birzeit University and a former Palestinian Authority minister of planning. "The vision for ending the Israel- Palestinian conflict is based on two states. But the split between Gaza and the West Bank, and the ongoing Israeli settlement-expansion policy, undermine and jeopardize that vision."15/8/2008
URGENT ACTION: PA Raids Charities and Arrests Employees in West BankCPT Hebron-Urgent-"According to a volunteer with the orphanage, 45 soldiers entered the building armed with guns and teargas. The soldiers proceeded to confiscate all files and computers, including every computer in the school’s computer lab. They also locked the doors to the orphanage’s kitchen and food storehouse. When one employee asked to see a written order authorizing the raid, he was beaten with an electric rod."15/8/2008
Israeli agents coerce sick Palestinians crossing border for treatment, report saysORLY HALPERN -Globe and Mail-"Mr. Abu Sharif´s testimony is in a report called Holding Health Ransom, prepared by Physicians for Human Rights Israel, which details how Israel puts pressure on sick Palestinians seeking medical care outside Gaza into acting as collaborators. The report includes the testimonies of 32 sick Palestinians from Gaza who were denied entry into Israel because they refused to provide information demanded by the Israeli internal security services, commonly known as the Shabak or Shin Bet."15/8/2008
Gaza`s Underground Business BoomingMEL FRYKBERG - Middle East Times - Gaza has a new zoo, which boasts lions, gazelles, monkeys and more. The animals were drugged, sacked and carried through the illegal tunnels that cross the Gaza-Egyptian border. "Without the tunnels, I couldn`t have done this," the zoo manager says. But you have to compare prices. Some tunnels charge $100, others $70 14/8/2008
Representing Palestine in Beijing Ma`an - "The four sported kuffiyeh-patterned shirts while marching in the opening ceremony on Friday." 13/8/2008
Palestinian: Settlers tied my son to ATV, dragged him through olive grove Ali Waked - Ynet - ""One of them yelled `what are you doing on this land? God gave us this land and no Arab dog will set foot on it`.""13/8/2008
Palestinian women prisoners, harsh treatment and a lot of arbitrarinessWOFPP - On 20 July 2008 at 4:30am, wardens entered the cell of `Abeer `Odeh and Maryam elTarabin who are held in isolation. `Abeer `Odeh, from Tulkarem, was arrested on 22 April 2006. According to her sentence, she ought to have been released on 10 July 2008; but the Israeli authorities refused to release her and issued an administrative detention order against her for six months. The Israeli authorities may extend an administrative detention endlessly. [The Israeli women monitoring their imprisoned Palestinian sisters are not allowed to visit them; the contact is through lawyers and family members-ed] 12/8/2008
United by Misery: Two Boys from Gaza and Nilin Ramzy Baroud - The Palestine Chronicle - The extent of the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza has already passed many thresholds as poverty has rendered most Gazans dependant on food aid for survival. Hospitals are lacking equipment and medicine, and neither Israel nor Egypt allows Palestinians from Gaza suffering from life threatening illnesses to travel freely, and on a regular basis. Now even water in Gaza is polluted beyond foreseeable remedy. 9/8/2008
Israel`s siege of collective punishment Yaser Wishah - The Electronic Intifada - More than 600 Palestinian students in Gaza currently have grants to study abroad. Yet Israel forbids them to leave Gaza. Caught up in the policy were seven Fulbright recipients. The US State Department nearly canceled their scholarships because Israel would not let them travel. 9/8/2008
3 Fulbright Winners in Gaza Again Told They Can’t Travel ETHAN BRONNER - NYT - "Israeli officials, who had insisted that the three posed a risk, expressed satisfaction that their message had gotten through." 6/8/2008
Sabastiya, the city that diedDoris Norrito - IMEMC - "“We are only ten kilometers (6 miles) from Nablus but it takes four or five hours to get here.”" 6/8/2008
GSS (Shabak) demands cooperation as a precondition for exiting Gaza for medical care Press Release - PHR - "In defiance of the UN Convention Against Torture, the GSS is attempting to systematically use sick patients as informers." 6/8/2008
Truth and consequences under the Israeli occupation Mohammed Omer - EI - "I am proud to call myself a Palestinian and a journalist. The might of the Israeli military will not silence my pen or darken my camera lens." 6/8/2008
Gaza organizations caught in the crossfire Rami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - In the past two weeks, the Hamas-dominated interior ministry in Gaza has closed scores of Gaza-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs). According to Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza City, the Hamas-dominated government has closed 179 institutions in Gaza, including those providing services to women, children and people with disabilities. The closures came in the wake of a deadly car blast almost two weeks ago, in which three Hamas fighters were killed and more than 20 people were wounded. 5/8/2008
From One Bereaved Palestinian Father to Another. An open letter by Bassam Aramin, co-founder of Combatants for PeaceBassam Aramin - We Palestinians cannot protect our children from being killed. Not because they are soldiers on the battlefield, but because we cannot imprison them in our homes. They must live their lives, play outside the house, go to school. We tell ourselves that there must be in our land a safe place to protect our little ones. Should not our villages be safe? Should not the courtyards of our homes be safe? And the safest place of all—should this not be the schoolyard? 5/8/2008
The teen-ager shot in Ni`lin diesISM - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Israeli forces shot Yousef Ahmad Younis Amera with two rubber coated steel bullets from close range, leaving him brain dead. Actual death occurred at approximately 10am today. Yousef is the second child killed in the village over the past week. On Tuesday 10 year old Ahmed Husan Yousef Mousa was shot dead by an Israeli border policeman. 5/8/2008
Detainee with cancer reaches critical condition due to medical negligence 4/8/2008
Square one againKhaled Amayreh - Al-Ahram - A horrific beach bombing takes Hamas and Fatah back to the edge of open strife4/8/2008
`Tell us who the terrorists are if you want the doctor`Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "Most of those who have testified declined to give their names for fear that it could jeopardise any further chance of leaving Gaza for treatment. But one who has, journalist Bassam Al Wahidi, 28, said he was interrogated in late August 2007 during over six hours of detention at Erez, missing his appointment at St John`s Hospital in East Jerusalem to save the sight in his right eye from retina damage"4/8/2008
Fatah supporters sent back to Gaza Al Jazeera - " Lamis Andoni, Al Jazeera`s political analyst, called the latest violence "an extremely dangerous development" that could trigger an all-out Fatah-Hamas confrontation that could have a serious fallout in the West Bank. "If it is not contained, prospects of a civil war are imminent, especially if the Gaza clashes spark tribal retributions between the Helis clan and clans of Hamas security officers," 3/8/2008
Militants killed in Gaza battle BBC News - " The group targeted on Saturday, known as the Hilles clan, has denied accusations it was involved in the bombing of Hamas operatives on 26 July...The Hilles family has become a military force ... Israeli military officials were quoted as saying dozens of members of the clan who fled the fighting were allowed into Israel. " 3/8/2008
Palestinians Face Home Demolitions Spree by Israel JONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - Israel’s policy of refusing building permits to many of the 250,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem has resulted in the classification of 20,000 city homes as illegal since the occupation began in 1967. Last year alone, the Jerusalem municipality issued more than 1,000 demolition orders for “illegal dwellings”. It is believed that three out of every four Palestinian homes in the city are now built without a permit. 2/8/2008
PA Appeals To World Bank For Urgent Help To Offset Financial Crisis Khaled Abu Toameh - MIFTAH - The Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction [PECDAR] said in a report this week that the PA had received only $900 million of the $7.7b. promised during the December 2007 Paris Donors` Conference for supporting Palestinians. The money was promised to the PA over a period of three years by nearly 90 countries and international organizations during that conference. 2/8/2008
Trapped in GazaA new campaign is launched to help Gaza students get to their universities abroad10/8/2008
Border Guard uses ‘Skunk’ as new crowd-dispersal meansEfrat Weiss - YNet - Out with rubber bullets, tear gas, shock grenades; in with new, stinky means to scatter violent rioters. After using new tool during Naalin riot, officers report Palestinians ran to shower, changed clothes10/8/2008
Wind Turbines for Susya PalestiniansNoam Dotan - Yesterday (Thursday the 28th of August) we have finished a five day practical course on small wind turbine construction. The workshop was attended by 9 participants from various communities across the west bank and was hosted by TAEQ. The participants learned about the basic design principles of small scale wind turbines and then built, with their own hands, a fully functional 1kW wind turbine. Although, due to time limitations, the turbine still needs some finishing work, once it will be done the turbine will be installed, together with another one we assembled from a kit, in Susya where they will serve the community in powering refrigerators for storing and selling the milk produced in the region.31/8/2008
Rights org calls for an end to political arrestsThe Electronic Intifada - PCHR - Dozens of Palestinians have been arrested on political grounds by security services of the two Palestinian governments in Gaza and Ramallah. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) calls upon the two governments to stop political arrests which are prohibited under the Palestinian Basic Law and a Palestinian High Court of Justice ruling, and to release all detainees who have been arrested in this context. 31/8/2008
Israel`s new "wet jobs" planIRIN-Electronic Intifada - " If the Israeli Ministry of Finance manages to push through some reforms as part of the proposed 2009 budget, there may soon be almost no Palestinian workers in Israel`s construction sector. "30/8/2008
Please help the Tuwani girl`s volleyball teamEhud Krinis - The Volleyball players in the village of Tuwani are fortunate enough to play on an asphalt playground built last year on the side of the local school, but they still need the Volleyball net and a decent outfit for two competing teams of twelve girls.24/8/2008
Ibrahim Amira, one of the leaders of the struggle against the Fence in Ni`lin is being held in the Russian Compound. "by means of him the Israeli security establishment wants to extirpate a desperate human struggle for life"23/8/2008
Occupation and Oppression DiariesAmnesty International: Critically ill patients denied permission to leave Gaza for treatment; B`Tselem: Soldier fires tear-gas grenade at 13-year old, injuring him severely in the face; B`Tselem: On the lack of accountability of the Israeli army for shooting civilians; The Editor (VB): A glimpse into the Israeli economic strangulation policies in the OTs; Amos Gvirtz - ICAHD -"Don`t say we did not know" 118-123; ISM: Israeli army beat resident of Ni’lin leaving him with a fractured skull 23/8/2008
Detainees in Huwwara on hunger strike in protest to medical negligenceSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - The detainees stated that detainee Ala’ Hannoun, from the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, was shot by 16 live rounds and the doctors had to replace some of his intestines with plastic ones. He has platinum implants in his right arm and his thigh, and he currently needs an urgent surgery as his wounds are infected and causing internal bleeding. 7/8/2008
UPDATE ON ORPHANAGESCPT Hebron - As the ICS (Islamic Charitable Society) orphanages and schools in Hebron nervously await the Israeli High Court decision that will determine if the Israeli military will forcibly close their institutions, they fear that the Israeli military has already succeeded in a de facto closure.9/8/2008
Police severely beat East Jerusalemite vacationing in Tel-AvivB`tselem - Tareq Ziad Abu Laban, 21, works for HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, and studies journalism at the Hebrew University: "...The short policeman told them not to hit me outside. They told me to get into the car. I asked them why, and they said, “You’re under arrest.” I got in the back seat of the car, and the two tall policemen sat on either side of me. The short policeman got in the driver’s seat. They closed the windows and told me to sit on the floor. The car drove off. The tall, dark-skinned policeman cuffed my hands behind my back. They hit me in the head"8/8/2008
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