|Life under occupation|
|Israeli military stops work to bring electricity to At-Tuwani||CPT Tuwani Team - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - A spokesperson for Tony Blair, asked to comment on the military`s most recent interference, said: "During a visit to At-Tuwani in March, Quartet Representative Tony Blair recognized the urgent need for the establishment of the necessary infrastructure for this village. He has since been urging the Government of Israel to facilitate the connection of At-Tuwani to the power grid. Furthermore, he has urged that such infrastructure be facilitated in villages across Area C."
|Bethlehem university student blindfolded, handcuffed, and taken to Gaza by force ||IMEMC & Agencies - `Since 2005, I refrained from visiting my family in Gaza for fear that I would not be permitted to return to my studies in the West Bank`, says Berlanty Azzam. `Now, just two months before graduation, I was arrested and taken to Gaza in the middle of the night, with no way to finish my degree.`
|Student expelled to Gaza Strip by force||Ben Lynfield - The Independent - Sari Bashi, head of the Israeli Gisha human rights group, who tried to intervene on Ms Azzam`s behalf, said she was assured by military lawyers on Wednesday that the student would not be deported to Gaza and that the rights group could seek a judicial review in the morning. "The military misled us," Ms Bashi said. "There is a violation here of the right to access education, the right to freedom of movement and the right to choose one`s place of residence within one`s own territory."
|Amira Hass, a remarkable reporter||Posted by Roy Greenslade -
"Amira Hass has received the International Women`s Media Foundation 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for her remarkable bravery in being an Israeli citizen who lives and reports from Gaza. "
|Olive Harvesting at Saffa, Palestine, Usual Military Harassment ||MC - Indymedia - Usually with internationals and Israelis present the occupation forces allow the Palestinian to work, and don`t evict them on first sight by declaring the area a "closed military zone`". The excuses given by the Israeli military for this are that the Palestinians working the fields are aggravating the settlers, although it has been documented for many years that its actually the settlers who attack and burn down the fields in the area. beside, how can one aggravate others by harvesting olives?
|UNRWA Students Make Stand against Poverty ||WAFA -
" survey carried out by UNRWA found that this year the number of abject poor refugees in Gaza has tripled from 100,000 to over 300,000. Furthermore, the Agency has received 80,000 applications for additional help from 400,000 refugees."
|State won`t prosecute officers filmed beating Palestinians ||Liel Kyzer -
""...position demonstrates unprecedented tolerance of abuse of people in custody by a person of authority, through the use of violence and humiliation.""
|PA: Settlers torch olive groves near Nablus||Ma`an -
"...dozens of settlers from a settlement called Aliyah set fire to olive groves in the village of Labn."
|Smuggled letter: Israel denies US citizen medical care in prison||Ma`an -
"Written by concerned fellow prisoners in the Nafha desert prison facility, the letter said An-Najjar`s mother, 55-year-old Karimeh, has been denied permission to visit her son for at least two years."||20/10/2009|
|Tens of Thousands of Palestinian Children at Risk of Forced Displacement in OPT||WAFA -
"...residents enduring extreme hardships - daily shortages of food and water, high unemployment, insecurity, family separation and children unable to go to school." ||28/10/2009|
|Gazans prepare lawsuits against IDF||Tova Tzimuki -
"A law legislated by the State and meant to minimize compensation claims was annulled by the High Court of Justice three years ago." ||28/10/2009|
|UNRWA official: Israeli refusal to allow stationary into Gaza illogical||UNWRA -
Relief Web -
"...hundreds of thousands of Palestinian school-children are affected by this Israeli ban on stationary and textbooks to schools."
|In Ma`aleh Adumim, Palestinians get no help from Israeli or Jordanian labor laws ||Nir Hasson -
""Ma`aleh Adumim was built on lands of the Jahleen; these people were pushed to the edges of the community," Lecker said. "This is not a hostile population and the city should be interested in ensuring that this community is not hungry.""
|High Court to review evidence in death of 10-year-old||Dan Izenberg - The Jerusalem Post - "Abir Aramin had left school a few minutes earlier, bought candy in a store across the street and had been walking toward the entrance to the village with her sister and two friends when she suddenly collapsed after being struck in the back of the head. She died two days later" ||19/10/2009|
|Shelter for families blocked at border||Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "Israel has refused for eight months to allow into Gaza 488 prefabricated buildings donated by Turkey to house families whose homes were destroyed in last winter`s three-week military offensive. Despite applying for permits in February, the Turkish Red Crescent has been unable to ship in the homes, which it says are intended to accommodate Palestinian civilians who are among the estimated 20,000 still homeless as a result of the war"||19/10/2009|
|Ni`lin - weekly protest against the Wall - video||Ni`lin - weekly protest against the Wall - video||18/10/2009|
|Rebuilding Gaza`s infrastructure with mud ||Eva Bartlett - The Electronic Intifada - Since the war on Gaza ended, a number of houses have been built using mud to create simple, square, two or three-room homes. The new Sheikh Zayed police station is one of the larger and more ambitious projects. An intricate series of thick-walled, deep-arched chambers form what is on the whole a much more artistic rendition of the former square, cement police station bombed during the attacks. When finished, the station will be 550 square meters, including seven 3.5m by 3.5m office rooms and eight long, arched-roofed chambers 3m wide and 8m long.
|`Israel abuses detention without trial`||DAN IZENBERG -
J-lem Post -
"The organizations charged that an administrative detention proceeding may look like a fair judicial process, but actually denies the detainees any chance of reasonably defending themselves." ||14/10/2009|
|Palestinians: IDF destroying vehicles used to smuggle workers||Ali Waked -
""Sometimes they push the vehicles into the valley, or ram into them with their jeeps."" ||14/10/2009|
|Go ask Abbas ||Amira Hass -
"...a man with a critically ill mother who lived in Jordan, and whose condition had deteriorated. Since May when he submitted his request for an exit permit, his mother died, the funeral was held, the days of mourning passed - but he is still in Gaza." ||14/10/2009|
|Israel sees court rulings on Palestinian land as mere `recommendations` ||Akiva Eldar -
"Maskit Handel of the Association of Civil Rights In Israel recently documented no fewer than eight cases where the state was, or still is, in contempt of rulings handed down by the High Court of Justice since 2006"||14/10/2009|
|Soldiers detain Palestinians, threaten against hosting international activists ||By By Saed Bannoura/Ma`an Ramallah - IMEMC/Ma`an - As well as detaining a total of 16 Palestinians in pre-dawn raids in different parts of the West Bank, soldiers embarked on intimidating villagers against hosting international peace activists. Residents were warned that housing international activists `is illegal and results in arrests” - part of the preparation for the olive harvest season, when villager are often attacked by settlers and are in dire need of the activists` presence. ||13/10/2009|
|15 Palestinians, including two children, killed by the army in September|| ||12/10/2009|
|Israeli anti-Occupation activists bring green power to West Bank village||Tia Goldenberg - AP - Residents of a West Bank village with no electricity have been helped out of the darkness by unlikely benefactors — a group of Israelis who installed solar panels and wind turbines to illuminate the Palestinians` makeshift homes.||10/10/2009|
|Seal no deal||Saleh El-Naami -
""When I was told I would be released, I was overwhelmed with the thought of seeing and holding my eight children whom I`ve yearned for over two years.""||9/10/2009|
|Who is the inciter here?||Adam Keller -
"The Temple will arise in place of that boil, full of pus". So he said, about the mosques which are holy to a billion Muslims all over the world."||9/10/2009|
|Mute testimony ||Gideon Levy -
"On at least two other occasions, on consecutive days, the same soldiers apparently used the same place - near an opening in the separation fence - to batter two more groups of wretched Palestinians, who only wanted to do a few days of work in Israel." ||9/10/2009|
|IDF to protect Palestinians harvesting olives for only 3 days ||Anshel Pfeffer -
"...to enable Palestinians to harvest olives unhindered for two or three days. However, olive farmers and human rights groups say the harvest cannot be completed in that time."
| Gaza Love Story - The Bride Who Crawled Through a Tunnel||Ulrike Putz -
""Love is cruel," the 23-year-old admits. She had no illusions that she would be living the good life in Gaza, she says. "But I didn`t expect it to be this bad.""
|Jordan tells Israel its actions dragging region "back into darkness"||Ma`an -
"The King gave the interview to Haaretz on the same day as thousands of Israeli settlers and members of the Knesset celebrated the laying of a foundation stone for the latest settlement project on Palestinian land in occupied East Jerusalem."
|IDF probes Palestinian claims of abuse||JPOST.COM STAFF -
J-lem Post -
"The Palestinians said that in addition to physical and verbal abuse, the soldiers stole the possessions they were carrying to work with them - including cigarettes and tobacco." ||8/10/2009|
|Palestinian Voices of Gloom Get Louder||Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler -
""I’m not talking about another Intifada but about a different kind of resistance – encouraging our friends in the world, and everyone who sees the injustice of the continuing Israeli occupation, to delegitimize it by, for instance, boycotting anything Israeli which is linked in any way to the occupation." ||7/10/2009|
|Palestinians: `7 Gazans hurt by IDF fire on border`||JPOST.COM STAFF -
J-lem Post -
"Gaza medic Muawiya Hassanein said that the IDF was preventing rescue services from evacuating the casualties."
|Israel deploys police as Jerusalem tensions rise ||Rory McCarthy -
""Israel is lighting matches in the hope of sparking a fire, deliberately escalating tensions in occupied East Jerusalem rather than taking steps to placate the situation," said Saeb Erekat."||7/10/2009|
|IDF forces entered PA self-government area-A: 12 civilians abducted to detention camps "for questioning"||George Rishmawi - Palestine Today - In June of this year the military said it would stop attacking a number of West Bank cities, including Bethlehem and Qalqilia, however invasions and kidnaps of civilians in those cities did not stop.||6/10/2009|
|Hamas arrests militants planning to fire rockets at Israel ||Haaretz - Hamas has warned the factions not to fire rockets under any circumstances, according to the Al-Sharq Al-Awsat report, even in response to Israeli measures at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. ||6/10/2009|
|Palestinians cry `blackmail` over Israel phone service threat||Ben Lynfield - The Independent - Nabil Shaath, the former PA foreign minister: “Israel has no business stealing the frequencies, keeping them and using them as blackmail to escape an international inquiry into its violations.”
|Palestinian orgs: Decision of Leadership insult to victims ||Statement from 14 HR Orgs - Ma`an - The Palestinian leadership – under heavy international pressure lead by the United States – deferred the draft proposal at the Human Rights Council endorsing all the recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Mission (the Goldstone Report). This deferral denies the Palestinian peoples’ right to an effective judicial remedy and the equal protection of the law.||3/10/2009|
|The media portrayed it as an accident. The Palestinians saw a murder happening before their eyes.||Eyad Bornat - www.bilin-ffj.org - The jeep was driving at a fast speed and targeted Foad Mahmoud Naiyf Turkuman (age 17) who was crouching down close to a small concrete wall. ||3/10/2009|
|Cherie Blair supports women`s project in West Bank||No Author
Ma`an News Agency
"I passionately believe that the greater the role women play in our economy and society, the better our chance of overcoming the challenges we face," Blair said in a statement"||2/10/2009|
|EU-backed biotechnology lab in Hebron is Palestinian first||No author
Ma`an News Agency
"With support from the European Union and the World Bank, a Biotechnology Unit for Training and Research has been established at Palestine Polytechnic University in the West Bank city of Hebron."
|PCHR: Human Rights Council Must Endorse Findings and Recommendations of Goldstone ||Press Releases
"PCHR reiterate support of the Fact Finding Mission’s report and recommendations, the crimes documented therein must be addressed and those responsible must be held to account. The consequences of impunity are continued violations of international law, and further civilian death and suffering."
|Palestinians drop endorsement of Goldstone report ||Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgavaya
"The Palestinian Authority on Thursday decided to drop its draft resolution condemning Israel`s conduct during the Gaza Strip offensive, in effect deferring its adoption of the Goldstone`s Commission report accusing both sides of war crimes"||2/10/2009|
|Troops Kidnap Six Palestinians in the West Bank|| ||26/10/2009|
|The Settlers Next Door: Notes from Wadi Fukin ||AIC - "Wadi Fukin’s current problems, however, relate to activities in the settlement perched ominously above the wadi. According to village representative Qays Manasra, the Beitar Illit sewage system overflows directly onto the village’s agricultural land three or four times per month, polluting the crops and ruining the land for future use. In addition, building waste and loose earth is dumped down the hill from Beitar Illit, threatening precious arable land in the wadi. Armed settlers regularly prevent farmers from reaching their fields by blocking the roads on Fridays"||26/10/2009|
|Children of the Occupation||Andrea D`Cruz - The Nation - Every year Israel detains and prosecutes 700 Palestinian children. In 95 percent of the 700 annual child cases, convictions result from false or improperly obtained confessions, including many that are wrung out of unaccompanied children through coercive interrogation methods or even torture.||25/10/2009|
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