|Life under occupation|
|Israeli Use of Palestinians As Human Shields ||Stephen Lendman - Countercurrents - The above cases are examples of customary Israeli practice in gross violation of international law and Israel`s High Court ruling. They endanger civilian lives and cause "long-lasting psychological trauma." IHL considers using civilian human shields a war crime and when used systematically against non-combatants a crime against humanity. It`s essential to hold parties guilty of these crimes accountable as the way to stop this heinous practice.
|World Bank finds Israelï¿½s water policy hard to swallow||Stephen Glain - The National - "||29/4/2009|
|Shortages Stymie Rebuilding Efforts in Gaza||Lourdes Garcia-Navarro -
" Hamas controls life inside Gaza, but Israel rules the land, sea and air around the territory."||29/4/2009|
|Gaza again on brink of disaster, says Scots aid chief||Pal -
""Sometimes the Israelis try to deceive the world community by letting some lorries cross, but their policy is to keep us on the brink of collapse all of the time," said Mr Youssef."
|Israel releases former Palestinian finance minister||Ma`an - Omar Abdel Razeq had been arrested by Israeli forces last December. He was sentenced to 26 months for being "active in the terrorist organization Hamas" (i.e. being a parlimentarian and a Finance Minister" but released after five months only. ||28/4/2009|
|Film review: Kindness as vengeance in "Heart of Jenin" ||Maureen Clare Murphy - EI - "Yaakov characteristically says, upon learning that his daughter (still in surgery) was receiving the organ of an Arab, ‘of course I would prefer him [the donor] to be Jewish.’ Later, in an interview conducted in his home, Yaakov says, without a hint of irony regarding how Ahmad was shot dead in his own neighborhood by an invading army, ‘I don`t understand why Arabs can work here freely and we can`t work in their villages ... we would get killed on the spot’"||27/4/2009|
|News ||Ma`an: PA: Pope will visit Aida Refugee Camp despite Israeli threats;
Amnesty International releases report undermining findings of Israeli military probe on Gaza; Hamas: Tomorrow`s Cairo talks last chance for conciliation; *** IMEMC: Bil`in : 25 injured in weekly protest against the Wall; Four injured, dozens suffer gas effects in Ni`lin weekly protest; King Abdullah : Israel should integrate or remain isolated; Six Palestinian injured by settlers south of Nablus||25/4/2009|
|it depends on which side of the wall your son stands||Link to video by Tamar Goldschmidt - Near Qalandiya refugee camp. On both sides of the Wall and the Checkpoint.
During the Gaza Massacre, January 2009||25/4/2009|
|Palestinians in Hebron complain of racism||Link to Al-Jazeera video||25/4/2009|
|Low on the scale of humanity ||By Benny Ziffer - Haaretz - "On Friday evening the phone rang. It was my daughter. She wanted to tell me that she had just heard that Bassem had died. That a gas canister was shot at his chest at short range during the demonstration at Bil`in and he collapsed on the spot. "||25/4/2009|
|Clay homes to replace shelled homes in Gaza||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - The origin of the new project started when resident Jihad Al Sha’er had enough with waiting for construction materials to be allowed into Gaza, and started his own project of building his home out of clay. Three months after the war, thousands of homes remain destroyed, and the residents are still awaiting the entry of construction tools. But Al Sha’er started the idea, and it started growing and spreading as clay is available but concrete and iron aren’t||30/4/2009|
|Israeli army shuts down preparations to bring pope to refugee camp in Bethlehem ||Ma`an - The workers had been erecting a stage in an open area in between the camp and the Israeli separation wall, which partly encircles the camp. Jado said in a statement that camp official Ibrahim Abu Srur then arrived at the scene. He was told by the soldiers that Aida camp lies in Area C of the West Bank, under Israeli military jurisdiction, and that the committee would therefore need a special permit for its activities.
|Seven families ordered out of their homes - `demolition within 48 hours` ||Ma`an News Agency - The Israeli military ordered seven Palestinian families to evacuate their homes and farm buildings within 48 hours. All of the structures, near the Israeli settlement of Mekhora southeast of Nablus, are slated for demolition. ||21/4/2009|
|Thousands of children gather in East Jerusalem, Israeli forces prevent introduction of paints ||Maisa Abu Ghazaleh - Palestine News Network - But the children anyway drew pictures of the mosque surrounded by Israeli jeeps.||21/4/2009|
|Penetrating the laws of war ||Amira Hass - Haaretz - "According to Amnesty International, the IDF fired flechette shells at four residential neighborhoods in five separate barrages during Operation Cast Lead.. Eleven people were killed in these attacks; they include a 2-year-old, a pregnant 21-year-old woman, a 13-year-old boy, two 16-year-olds, a member of the medical team rescuing the wounded, and one of the badly wounded who had been taken to an ambulance. About 30 were wounded... Arafa Abdel Daym and his team went to treat those wounded by the missile on January 4 at about 10 A.M. A flechette shell landed on the ambulance, and a wounded man on a stretcher was killed by the shell. Three members of the medical team were wounded by the darts, and Abdel Daym died shortly after being hit. "||18/4/2009|
|Palestinian youth killed near Ramallah||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
- "Israeli soldiers shot and killed on Friday at night a Palestinian youth and wounded another near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The army claimed that the youth attempted to hurl a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli military jeep. The incident raises the number of Palestinians killed on Friday to three."||18/4/2009|
|Bil`in 17.4.2009, death of demonstrator||Link to youtube: Bil`in Friday April 17th demonstration against the apartheid barrier which separates the villagers from half their land, shooting and killing of Bassem Ibrahim abu-Rakhma ("Phil`). [ The tear-gas projectile, labeled 40 mm bullet,has also critically injured American national, Tristan Anderson at a demonstration in Nilin on 13 March 2009 when he was shot in the head from 60 meters.] ||18/4/2009|
|Movie Review: Lemon Tree (2008)||STEPHEN HOLDEN -
"This movie has been designated a Critic`s Pick by the film reviewers of The Times||17/4/2009|
|Hundreds rally in Gaza ahead of Prisoner Day ||AFP -
Canada News -
"Israel currently holds some 11,000 Palestinian prisoners."
|Gaza Patients protest at the Rafah Border Crossing||Ghassan Bannoura -
"The most recent victims of the siege are two women who died on Tuesday of this week. Both had applied for permission to leave Gaza for treatment but their applications were turned down by Israel."
|A marginal matter ||Gideon Levy - Haaretz - This is a shameful development for Israeli democracy, one in which 120 witnesses can attest to the Knesset`s hollowness. At a time when half the world is preoccupied with the Israeli occupation, the Israeli voters make their position clear: This struggle does not interest them in the least. The occupation can wait.
|Trembling earth under economic peace ||Alon Cohen-Lifshitz - Haaretz - Not only does Israeli land policy prevent Palestinian development, so does the planning policy for Area C, which is completely under Israeli control and constitutes about 60 percent of West Bank land. Full planning authority, including the issuing of building permits and blueprints, is in the hands of the Civil Administration, which furthers Israel`s abusive policy in the territories. Thus, for example, the rate of building permits for Palestinians approved by the Civil Administration dropped from 97 percent in 1972 to about 5 percent in recent years. This is happening alongside land allotment and expedited development for settlement activity.
|I was born Palestinian ||Laila El-Haddad -
Raising Yousuf and Noor -
""But Gaza is a special case, we all know that" I was told." ""The cruelty of the Palestinian situation is that these purgatories are in no way extraordinary but rather the backdrop of daily existence.""
|Two patients die in Gaza, death toll reaches 320||IMEMC -
"...hundreds of patients are in critical conditions due to the Israeli 22 month long siege and not allowing patients to leave Gaza for treatment."
|Arab leaders in Jerusalem demand a probe into the death of youth shot by the border police||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Public figures and representatives of the residents of Jabal Al Mukabbir area in east Jerusalem, demanded the Israel Authorities to form a neutral investigation committee to probe the death of Eyad Azmi Oweisat, 18, who was shot and killed by Israeli border policemen last Tuesday"||13/4/2009|
|Waiting for the world to answer||Ayman Quader - Voice from Gaza - His sister Mariam will never forget Ahmad as she was with him in the last moments before he was killed. She said that she will stay waiting for her bother… Wait… and wait … and wait… - Waiting for the world to answer!!!||10/4/2009|
|Israeli intelligence blackmails Gaza fishermen||IMEMC & Agencies - The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-detainees of the dissolved government in Gaza reported that Israeli security forces are blackmailing Palestinian fishermen and demanding them to work as collaborators in return for being allowed to fish.
|Israel created `terror without mercy` in Gaza||Rory McCarthy -
"The soldiers refused to give medical aid, and only after 23 hours was an ambulance allowed to approach, by which time Ibrahim was also dead."
|150 thousand Gazans still without tap water||Dave Thompson -
"International relief agencies such as Oxfam and Action against Famine are distributing containers of drinking water to affected areas."
|Gaza physician who lost three daughters in Israeli shelling, nominated for peace prize||Saed Bannoura -
"...this prize would transform his misery into a positive issue for humanity."
|News||Palestinian shot dead after demolition of home of Jerusalem ‘bulldozer attacker’-
Israel imposes lockdown on West Bank over Passover holiday -
Ma`an ** Obama to visit Israel, West Bank in June
- Haaretz ** Hamas set to reject tabled Egyptian proposal for Ramallah-based transitional government -
Ma`an ** Abbas to dispatch two of his aides to Gaza, Hamas welcomes the step - IMEMC ** Mitchell back in Middle East April 13
|Lost in the Buffer Zone||Eva Bartlett
-"anywhere from 35 percent to 60 percent of the agriculture industry was destroyed by Israel`s attacks on Gaza, much of it not useable again due to the damage.
Even before the attacks, Gaza`s farming sector had been seriously devastated by the crippling siege on Gaza. Whereas Gaza had been producing half of its agricultural needs, the combination of siege and warfare on Gaza has led to the "destruction of all means of life," including destroyed farmland along with hundreds of greenhouses, hundreds of wells and water pumps, and farming equipment.
|Special report on the Israeli attack on Gaza by an independent fact-finding mission of medical experts commissioned by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) ||"...Besides the large-scale, largely impersonal destruction that the team witnessed and heard of, it was especially distressing to hear of individual cases in which soldiers had been within seeing, hearing and speaking distance of their victims for significant stretches of time, but despite the opportunity for `humanisation`, had denied wounded people access to lifesaving medical care, or even shot at civilians at short range..." ||7/4/2009|
|Testimony: Members of Abu Halima family killed and burned in army’s bombing of their house, 3 January 2009 ||B`Tselem - On 29 March, ten weeks after giving her testimony to B`Tselem, Ghada Abu Halima died in an Egyptian hospital from injuries she suffered when struck by the white phosphorous||6/4/2009|
|Left behind ||Amira Hass - Haaretz - Radiation therapy is not available in Gaza. After long years of delay, Israel had allowed the necessary equipment to be delivered, but it will not permit the transfer of the materials used in its operation. Shawwa began to consider seeking treatment in East Jerusalem. Then came the blow of the Gaza government expelling the employees of the Referrals Abroad Department. There is no one to coordinate the visit (not even to the West Bank or East Jerusalem, which, absurdly enough, are considered "abroad" by the Israeli-Palestinian permit bureaucracy), and the Ramallah government will not cover medical expenses if the letters of referral are signed by doctors and department heads who do not meet with its approval.
|Infant under home arrest in the Golan Heights!||Saed Bannoura -
"...he has to remain imprisoned in his parents’ home until he becomes 2. After that, other “legal procedures will still be needed..."||15/4/2009|
|Gaza offensive: Israeli military says no war crimes committed||Helen Pidd -
"Closing an investigation into wrongful shootings, the Israeli army declared soldiers` confessions relating to two incidents were "purposely exaggerated" and not supported by facts."
|Israel may have deliberately attacked sewage infrastructure ||Marian Houk -
"We had given the coordinates of the plant and lagoons to the Israeli military, through the ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross], and asked that it not be hit.""
|Israel releases PLC secretary after nearly three years in jail ||Ma’an -
"...Israeli authorities attempted to negotiate about a prisoner swap with Hamas leaders in prison.."||1/4/2009|
|Travel bans violate freedom of movement||Adri Nieuwhof and Jeff Handmaker -
"After dismissing everyone from the courtroom except for the Israeli government lawyer and a representative of the Israeli General Security Service (GSS), which presented evidence that was never disclosed to Jabarin or his lawyers, the judges decided to maintain his travel ban."||1/4/2009|
|Jewish worshipers and Israeli army overtake the village of Kifl Haris for an annual pilgrimage event||IWPS - House Report No. 135 - On Monday the19th of April, between 6 o`clock in the evening and 6 o`clock the following morning, the West Bank village of Kifl Haris was overtaken by the Israeli army and the Jewish worshipers paying a visit to the biblical tombs of Joshua, Caleb and Nun, which are based in separate locations in the village.
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