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"The Only Democracy"(TM) vs. Mohammad Othman, Nonviolent Activist About Jayyus organizer Mohammad Othman, now in admin-detention after the Shin Bet failed to make him confess to fabricated crimes - and about admin-detention in general.27/11/2009
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Military violence increases in Jayyus: elderly man arrested during a night invasionReport from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM): "Salim, an elderly man, was just a few short hours away from leaving for Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to make the holy pilgrimage of the Hajj when he was taken by the military."28/11/2009
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Eid el Ad`ha in Massafer Yatta / South-Hebron HillsAustralian blogger Carin Smaller travels with Villages Group organizer Ehud Krinis to 28/11/2009
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Notes from Area C / Between forced and `voluntary` expulsion Amira Hass - Haaretz - "Two weeks ago, a new directive was instated: For security reasons, the Israel Defense Forces is now prohibiting the nine car owners in the village from transporting other passengers (all residents of the enclave) through the checkpoint. They must disembark about a half-kilometer before the checkpoint, walk along a fenced-in path, undergo inspection and only then get back in the car. These rules apply to the sick, the elderly and the disabled, too. And in the rain and the dark and the cold. No wonder the villagers continue to suspect that the authorities and the settlements are bent on making the 1948 refugees `voluntarily` choose to leave. Yet again"30/11/2009
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PA shuts down West Bank radio stationReuters / Israel News "Palestinian police close station after Israel says it interferes with military, airport communications " 28/11/2009
Cats Are Illegal; A Potential Terrorist Threat by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News "The Israeli Prison Administration at the infamous Negev detention camp decided to banish and punish wild cats for befriending Palestinian political prisoners and providing them with light services"28/11/2009
Eid al-Adha highlights a Gaza family`s struggle to survive By Rami Almeghari - Source: Electronic Intifada "Muslims around the world are about to celebrate Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), one of the most important dates in the calendar, marking the end of the annual pilgrimage season to Mecca."27/11/2009
Band-aid proposalBy Saleh Al-Naami Source: Al-Ahram Weekly "Palestinians are distrustful of a proposal by Salam Fayyad to declare a state within two years" 27/11/2009
Israeli military confiscates electricity pylons; Prohibit Palestinians from improving quality of lifeCPT Tuwani Team - Despite a recent visit by Tony Blair, the Quartet`s special Middle East envoy, in which Blair assured villagers of At-Tuwani that the Israeli authorities gave oral permission to carry out the electrical construction work, the community has faced repeated interruptions as it struggles to bring electricity to the area. 26/11/2009
IDF Insists: Berlanty Azzam can not complete the final 2 months of her degree in Bethlehem Gisha - News Release - In its statement today, the State continues to claim that Berlanty, a 22-year-old student who was forcibly removed to the Gaza Strip last month, was present in the West Bank "illegally”, despite the fact that Berlanty herself clarified in her military hearing that she traveled from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank legally – using an entry permit to Israel issued to her by the military commander. This permit was issued to her after she passed a rigorous security investigation. Moreover, after she entered the West Bank, Berlanty did everything she could to change her address as listed on her identity card to her new place of residence, Bethlehem.25/11/2009
Palestinian Children Face Daily Settler Attacks Getting to SchoolMel Frykberg - Antiwar - "In order to file complaints Palestinians need to go to police stations located in the illegal Israeli settlements. However, the catch-22 is that they are not permitted to enter the settlements."25/11/2009
Institutionalized voyeurism Amira Hass - Haaretz - "...an additional layer in the sophisticated and institutionalized control, quarantine, surveillance and monitoring to which Israel subjects the occupied Palestinian population." 25/11/2009
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Rights group: 69 cases of Palestinian olive trees destroyed, but no prosecutions Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - ""The incidents of damage to the trees, [and] the rate of failure of the investigations conducted by Judea and Samaria District [police] is 100 percent."" 25/11/2009
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Israeli airstrikes injure four in Gaza Ma’an - The reported projectile fire, for which no Palestinian group claimed responsibility, and two Israeli airstrikes follow an announcement by the Hamas-run government in Gaza on Saturday, saying the movement had reached an agreement with armed groups to cease cross-border attacks into Israel. 24/11/2009
Gaza water unfit for human consumptionAFP - Yahoo!News - "In September the UN Environment Programme also said Gaza`s underground water supplies are `in danger of collapse` following years of overuse and the devastating war Israel waged in the territory at the turn of the year. `Unless the trend is reversed now, damage could take centuries to reverse. Since the aquifer is a continuum with Israel and Egypt, such action must be coordinated with these countries,` UNEP said in a report"23/11/2009
Mohammed Othman Update: Prosecution runs out of Excuses... will "Adminstrative Detention" Follow?After a 2-month Kafkaesque imprisonment including torture and ZERO evidence produced, the military judge gave Mohammed Othman`s prosecution until Monday night to come up with something... meaning they now have the time to set up "administrative detention" - the Occupation`s sanitized euphemism for imprisonment without trial - without letting Othman go home even for a day.22/11/2009
New Demolition Threats in Umm al-KheirVillages Group Blog: Umm al-Kheir in Massafer Yatta (south Hebron Hills) continues to suffer rounds of demolition. In one such round in 2007, Israeli activist Ezra Nawi was arrested in a case that became famous. Last week, a new round of stop-work orders was delivered to residents; the structures at risk of demolition include... tents.18/11/2009
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Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families unite for peacePalestine Monitor - “We the Palestinians and the Israelis of the Parents Circle know well what life becomes when we lose our children, brothers, sisters and family members… we know that no piece of land, no matter how holy can make up for a smile from your child that you will never see again.”22/11/2009
Abbas: Resist, like in Bilin Ali Waked - Ynet - In BBC interview, the Palestinian leader implied that his people may adopt a new type of struggle against the occupation. "Those who have to resist are the people, and there are different types of resistance, like in (West Bank villages of) Bilin and Naalin.
Former Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti, who is jailed in Israel, said Thursday that peace talks with Israel have failed and that the Palestinians must launch popular and diplomatic campaigns to achieve statehood. "Betting on negotiations alone was never our choice."
20/11/2009
IDF arrests 5 Palestinian intelligence officers 1) Ma`an - Israeli forces detained overnight a commander and four officers of the Palestinian Authority Intelligence Services. 2) worldtribune.com - Israel on alert as Abbas pressed on `third intifada`20/11/2009
At least one, possibly two dead as Israeli forces fire on Gaza youthMa’an - One Palestinian is dead and two brothers injured along with one other now in Israeli custody, and a fifth admitted to an Israeli hospital following an apparent clash in the central Gaza Strip near Johr Ad-Dik south of Gaza City on Friday. 13/11/2009
PCHR Weekly Report: 6 Palestinians injured, 40 abducted during 28 Israeli invasionsAccording to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights` Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, during the week of 05-11 Nov. 2009, 6 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli forces in the West Bank. 5 of these civilians were wounded when Israeli forces used force against peaceful demonstrations organized to protest the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank. 13/11/2009
Palestinian expelled by IDF fears she won’t finish degreeAnat Shalev - Y-net - Bethlehem University student sent back to Gaza month before completing her business studies. `I miss my life in Bethlehem, and pray that I`ll be able to return and get my degree,` she says. Rights group: Moderate Palestinians being oppressed 13/11/2009
Lost in the desert Ilana Hammerman - Haaretz - "What I wanted, to tell the truth, was to say loud and clear something else entirely to the military personnel before whom I gave my ludicrous testimony in those fictitious circumstances. I wanted to tell them this: Maybe for once you will listen to my voice, the voice of a woman who has lived here all her life, from war to war and in the bad times between the wars, and is tied to this place no less than you. I too am one of the public which you have undertaken to protect along with its security, as the cliche that appears on all your documents says, and I contend that for many years now you have been endangering me; that imprisoning hundreds of thousands of people behind fences and walls of cities and villages and in camouflaged prisons on the outskirts of cities and in the desert is not protection but the constant fanning of a fire, which is prone to reignite constantly"7/11/2009
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What Israeli courts do investigateMa`an News - Nahed Al-Aqra, a Gaza resident, was convicted and sentenced to three life terms by the Beersheba military court. He was found guilty of placing 7 years ago an explosive device under the tank of the soldiers near the Netzarim base in Gaza.6/11/2009
Life in hell along the Gaza-Israel borderMa`an News Agency - "According to United Nations and numerous Palestinian residents, the Israeli military maintains an exclusion zone of about 300 meters in width along the border. Anyone venturing into the zone risks being shot with live ammunition. Some residents say however that they have seen the military shoot at farmers up to 700 meters from the borderline"9/11/2009
The Daily Harassments at Qalandiya CheckpointNatanya Ginsburg - Machsomwatch - At 16:40, the soldiers on duty in the passageways began opening and closing sleeves intermittently, disregarding the fact that people were waiting in line. When one sleeve closed, people would race to another, losing their place in line and beginning their wait again from scratch. This behavior was repeated again and again. At this point there were about 30 people on line in Passageway No. 2 and 40 in Passageway No. 4. Once again there was an announcement over the PA system that Passageway 4 was closed and Passageway 3 was open. Once again people scrambled to get in the new line. 4/11/2009
It is a tree of life, unless you are Palestinian Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - Everything that the English-born Agasee did on behalf of the Greater Land of Israel - and he did quite a bit - was in the name of the Torah and according to the laws of the state of Israel. Not always laws that were the product of this country; when talking about the Holy Land, everything is permissible, including distorted interpretation of old Ottoman laws that allowed the state to take possession of a subject`s land and afterward to claim legal possession. 3/11/2009
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10-year-old Palestinian boy jailed for 11 hoursAli Waked - YNET - Hussam Faisal Muhana throws stones during demonstration in his village near Tulkarem, detained in Israeli prison for 11 hours, returns home shocked and in pain. IDF spokesman: Event being investigated16/11/2009
Palestinians denied access to water Al Jazeera and agencies - "Palestinian farmers in the West Bank, or `water pirates` as Israeli occupation forces prefer to call them, are siphoning off drinking water pipes in an effort to secure water to irrigate their farmland. Water is an increasingly disputed resource between Israel and the Palestinians"16/11/2009
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